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Asylum Seekers Become Political Pawns in Governors’ Transportation Stunts

September 23, 2022 - 16:30

The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona, and now Florida are playing a cynical political game with the lives of migrants—including many asylum seekers fleeing persecution. Officials in these states are using taxpayer money to ship thousands of migrants to other, Democratic-leaning states and dumping them there. In recent weeks, these actions have escalated, with allegations […]

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The Racist Origins of the Lawsuit Against Biden’s Immigration Enforcement Priorities

September 22, 2022 - 15:52

Written by Joseph Meyers, Staff Attorney at the National Immigration Project A group of immigrant advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief in United States v. Texas last week, in which they highlight the unlawful, racist arguments behind Texas and Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement priorities. In United States v. Texas, the Supreme […]

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Local Communities Commit to Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors

September 19, 2022 - 17:29

Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of Welcoming Week, an initiative organized by Welcoming America that encourages local communities to bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in our collective prosperity. This year’s theme is Where We Belong, focusing on the physical, mental, […]

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Biden Administration’s New Public Charge Rule Should End Fear of Trump Wealth Test

September 16, 2022 - 16:51

Three years ago, the Trump administration sent fear throughout immigrant communities across the nation with its Public Charge rule, which functioned as a wealth test for green card applicants. This fear had been amplified by a leaked draft of the rule in 2018, which would have punished intending immigrants whose U.S. citizen children received a […]

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Hispanics in the US: What the Data Reveals About Shifting Geography, Ancestry, and Voting Patterns

September 14, 2022 - 15:35

This Hispanic Heritage Month, we look at the most recent Census and data to highlight the importance of Hispanics in the United States. For those wondering why Hispanic Heritage Month starts mid-month rather than on the first of September, the Month starts on September 15, coinciding with the independence days of several Latin American countries. […]

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Biden Administration Close to Reaching Increased Cap on Employment-Based Green Cards

September 13, 2022 - 16:30

The Biden administration is close to using all of the employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) allotted for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of August 31, a total of 263,510 employment-based immigrant visas had been used this fiscal year (FY)—close to the limit of 281,507. This is a […]

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Immigration Status Will No Longer Be a Barrier for Aspiring Lawyers in New Mexico

September 9, 2022 - 14:57

Written by American Immigration Council staff Leani García Torres and Raul Pinto The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative provides certain young, undocumented immigrants with a renewable two-year work permit. However, this work permit does not always mean DACA recipients can go into the profession of their choice. Certain professions, like practicing law, medicine, […]

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Fact Check: Migrants Aren’t the Ones Smuggling Fentanyl Into the United States

September 7, 2022 - 17:00

There is no doubt that fentanyl is a major problem inside the United States. Over the last decade, rising availability of fentanyl has caused a spike in overdose deaths across the nation. In 2021, almost 90% of opioid overdose deaths were linked to fentanyl. The criminal networks that produce and distribute fentanyl are vast and […]

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Sikh Asylum Seekers in Arizona Face Religious Discrimination by the Border Patrol

September 6, 2022 - 13:12

Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been confiscating and not returning the turbans worn by Sikh asylum seekers as part of their religion. Immigrant advocates and members of Congress have pointed out that this practice is discriminatory and violates federal law, as well as the policies of the Border Patrol’s parent agency, U.S. Customs and […]

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The Economic Impact When International Students Return Back to Campus

August 31, 2022 - 17:27

As hundreds of thousands of students prepare to go back to school this fall, it’s important to consider the outsized role international students play in both campus life and the United States economy. For the 2020 – 2021 academic school year, there were an estimated 914,000 international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, making […]

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Biden Moves to Stabilize the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of DACA Recipients, but Critical Work Remains

August 30, 2022 - 18:21

Last week, the Biden administration published the final version of a regulation that seeks to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and provide a modicum of stability to the hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States who benefit from its protections. While this move fulfills a key commitment made […]

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How Schools Welcome Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Students

August 25, 2022 - 18:02

School is back in session. For many states and localities across the country, that means welcoming newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth into the classroom. There will be increased need for student support this fall, given that the United States has resettled more than 76,000 Afghans and 100,000 Ukrainians over the last year as a […]

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How Immigration Can Offset the U.S. Labor Shortage and Rising Inflation

August 25, 2022 - 12:21

The U. S. inflation rate reached a 40-year high in June and slightly eased to 8.5% in July, continuing to put pressure on the budgets of American families. Disruptions to the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to price hikes around the world, with the war in Ukraine further pushing up global food […]

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What Does Legal Representation Look Like in Immigration Courts Across the Country?

August 23, 2022 - 17:48

It might seem like a straightforward statistic: 44% of individuals who appear in deportation proceedings have an immigration attorney. But it’s not so simple. Instead, it is a number that must factor in deportation cases that proceed on expedited timelines and the reality that a person may retain counsel only for a specific stage of […]

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House GOP’s Immigration Framework Recreates Trump’s Border Wish List

August 18, 2022 - 17:21

As midterm election season heats up, House Republicans on the “American Security Task Force” have produced a new framework for what they say is a plan to “secure the border.” Despite the claim of new ideas to tackle the situation at the border, the framework is almost identical to prior legislative and administrative efforts under […]

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Recent Supreme Court Ruling Limits Advocates’ Relief on Asylum Seekers’ Case

August 17, 2022 - 18:36

A federal court decision this month confirmed what advocates feared: that a recent move by the Supreme Court would undermine the fight against illegal government practices, like turning back asylum seekers at the border. On August 5, a federal court concluded that it could not issue an injunction against this unlawful U.S. government behavior at […]

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Urgent Immigration Measures Rest With the Senate After August Recess

August 16, 2022 - 17:48

When members of Congress return from their August recess, they will find several immigration measures urgently awaiting their attention. The House Appropriations Committee already has passed a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the full House has passed both the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, which […]

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Who Enforces Immigration Policy Anyway?

August 10, 2022 - 18:16

The lack of a major overhaul in the United States’ immigration system for roughly thirty years has created an ecosystem where states have attempted to insert their authority over immigration, especially when it comes to enforcement. Texas has made headlines with its tougher approach and outsized role in shaping America’s immigration enforcement policy, while some […]

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Senate Rejects Harmful Immigration Amendments to Inflation Reduction Act

August 8, 2022 - 17:39

On Sunday after nearly 24 hours of deliberation, the Senate passed a historic budget reconciliation package, known as the “Inflation Reduction Act,” that rejected a series of harsh immigration enforcement provisions and approved a myriad of  federal programs climate change, tax enforcement, and healthcare. The version of the bill that was introduced did not include […]

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Debunking Major Myths About Immigrants’ Socioeconomic Status in the US

August 4, 2022 - 17:42

Opponents of immigration often claim that European immigrants who came to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are radically different than the Latin Americans and Asians who immigrate here today. A new book by two economic historians disproves that by examining several of the most widely held myths about economic […]

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