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Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines

March 27, 2020 - 18:15

President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on Friday, March 27. The $2 trillion stimulus package goes a long way to improve our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But it fails to deliver for millions of immigrants across the country, including first responders who are on the front lines […]

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The H-1B Registration Period Has Ended. How Did the New System Handle It?

March 26, 2020 - 17:54

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) completed its first registration period on March 20 for H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa category allows highly educated foreign workers to temporarily work for employers in the United States. This was the first year USCIS used a new registration process for U.S. employers hoping to file an H-1B petition […]

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How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting USCIS Processing of Immigration Applications

March 25, 2020 - 18:39

The coronavirus outbreak has significantly disrupted the operations of government agencies around the country, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is the agency that processes applications for various types of immigration benefits. USCIS Changes Office Operations During Coronavirus Outbreak The USCIS Seattle office was the first to temporarily close in early March when […]

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Immigrant Health Care Workers Play a Vital Role in the United States’ COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020 - 17:51

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the U.S. health care system will likely be pushed to its limits. During this time, it is important to remember the role that immigrant health care workers play alongside their native-born colleagues on the front lines of this fight—and how strongly our health care capacity depends on the expertise of […]

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How Coronavirus is Changing US Asylum Policy at the Border

March 23, 2020 - 17:49

The Trump administration detailed its plans to begin rapidly deporting to Mexico people encountered at or near the southern border—without any due process—as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the globe. The plans were released in a new order issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director on March 21.  The order instructs border officials to turn away anyone who crosses the border without […]

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Coronavirus Cannot Become an Excuse to Label Groups of People ‘Invasive’

March 20, 2020 - 15:58

The spread of the coronavirus into the United States has fueled the destructive, xenophobic narrative favored by the Trump administration. Anti-Chinese racism and anti-Asian racism and violence more broadly, has spread with the continued use of outdated monikers like the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.” To be sure, there are public health responses and […]

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3 Actions ICE Should Take Now During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020 - 17:35

As the global death toll from coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to mount and communities take steps to stem the further spread of the virus, immigration advocates and lawyers have sounded the alarm bells for the thousands of immigrants held in civil detention facilities. Responses from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been mixed. U.S. Citizenship […]

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CBP Hides Itself from Public View and Lacks Accountability

March 18, 2020 - 18:33

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has historically conducted immigration enforcement along our borders. In this role, the agency has developed a reputation for overuse and abuse of its authority. Transparency efforts have been critical in uncovering CBP’s misconduct. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits have revealed, for example, shocking evidence of sexual, physical, and […]

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The Department of Justice is Restructuring Immigration Courts in Secret

March 17, 2020 - 20:28

The American Immigration Council joins with our readers in prioritizing public safety during the COVID-19 outbreak and is committed to continuing coverage of important and emerging topics on Immigration Impact including COVID-19’s impact on immigration. The Trump administration has steadily implemented initiatives to restructure the immigration court system without providing much information to the public. […]

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What Will It Take for USCIS to Reduce Its FOIA Backlog?

March 16, 2020 - 17:56

March 14 marks the beginning of Sunshine Week – a week devoted to celebrating the importance of government transparency and access to public records. It is a time to point out the lack of openness and accountability among immigration agencies and to assess what must be done to fight for greater access to government records. […]

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How Immigration Enforcement Is Eroding Your Privacy

March 13, 2020 - 16:49

The United States has pursued aggressive increases in immigration enforcement over the past two decades across several presidencies. Congress has allocated increasing resources during this period. Now, our immigration enforcement agencies have more funding than at any point in history. These added resources have allowed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand more than […]

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Congress Passes Bill Ensuring US Citizenship for Children of Military Members

March 12, 2020 - 17:55

A bill that would ensure automatic U.S. citizenship for the children of U.S. military service members will soon hit the president’s desk. The Citizenship for Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support last Thursday. Until recently, children born abroad to U.S. service members and federal employees […]

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DHS Reveals New Details of Secretive Asylum Programs PACR and HARP

March 11, 2020 - 18:49

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed new information this week about two asylum programs  at the U.S.-Mexico border. These programs are under scrutiny because they make it almost impossible for attorneys to speak with or meet their clients in border holding facilities. This leads to rushed life-or-death legal screenings behind closed doors. DHS began […]

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How the Coronavirus Is Impacting Immigration

March 9, 2020 - 17:37

Spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused panic across the United States. With the number of confirmed cases on the rise, the coronavirus has started to affect several facets of immigration. How government officials handle the virus could have a significant impact on people navigating our immigration process, their health, and the immigration system […]

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There’s No Need to Panic Over Trump’s New Denaturalization Office

March 5, 2020 - 16:31

The Trump administration is creating a new office of attorneys tasked with stripping immigrants of their U.S. citizenship. The task force will investigate and prosecute people it suspects fraudulently obtained citizenship by lying or omitting information on their applications. The Denaturalization Section will be housed in the Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation. DOJ […]

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As Trump Slashes All Immigration, Other Countries Open Their Doors

March 4, 2020 - 17:38

The Trump administration has worked to close the door on all types of immigrants—including people trying to come to the United States on visas. Consequently, the United States is experiencing a severe drop in legal immigration. Other nations like Canada are picking up the slack and reaping the benefits. Between fiscal year 2016 and 2018, […]

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Judge Voids USCIS Asylum Policies Because Ken Cuccinelli Wasn’t Appointed Legally

March 3, 2020 - 17:54

The Trump administration suffered another blow on Sunday, when a federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed to the role of acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The ruling voids two asylum policies Cuccinelli had signed off on. But challenges to his authority will likely increase going […]

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Supreme Court Rules Parents of Slain Teenager Can’t Sue Border Patrol Agent Responsible for His Death

March 2, 2020 - 18:29

The Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking damages from a U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border. With this latest decision in the Hernandez v. Mesa case, the Court removed an important check on an agency known for the misconduct of its officers. Standing on […]

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Undocumented, Black, and Unseen

February 27, 2020 - 14:32

I am one of approximately 619,000 undocumented, Black immigrants living in the United States. My immigration story began at seven years old, when I came to the United States from Belize without my mother, father, or siblings. The latter is a common narrative for DACA recipients like me. But the former challenges a popular misconception: […]

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H-1B Registration Is Almost Here: What We Do and Don’t Know About USCIS’ New Process

February 26, 2020 - 19:51

For the first time, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring U.S. employers to register in order to have a chance to file an H-1B petition that is subject to the annual limits. Registration begins March 1. The H-1B visa category allows highly educated foreign workers to temporarily work for employers in the United […]

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