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Problems at USCIS Persist, Despite Biden’s Progress on Immigration in His First 100 Days

April 29, 2021 - 17:53

When President Biden took office, he inherited a legal immigration system that was teetering on the brink of collapse. Delays within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have reached historic levels and some work permit applications are taking so long to process that thousands are losing their jobs. A new report from the American Immigration […]

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Sinema and Cornyn Propose Changes to Asylum Processing at the Border

April 28, 2021 - 19:26

The current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border has once again exposed the flaws of our country’s asylum system. On April 22, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and John Cornyn and Representatives Tony Gonzales and Henry Cueller introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill as an effort to alleviate some of the system’s greatest deficiencies. While the bill includes some […]

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The House Has Passed Two Major Immigration Bills. Here’s What They Would Do.

April 27, 2021 - 18:38

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two major bills to protect the rights of certain noncitizens entering the United States. The bills—the NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act—passed on April 21. They would restrict presidential powers to institute travel bans and ensure access to attorneys for certain people detained at ports […]

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Firsthand Experiences Inside ICE Facilities During the Pandemic Underscore Why Immigration Detention Should be Abolished

April 22, 2021 - 18:45

This blog is the second in a three-part series examining President Biden’s first 100 days in office from the Immigration Justice Campaign. Many of us will always vividly remember the fear and lack of control that took hold as COVID-19 spread through our communities. While many people and communities took precautions against the virus, individuals […]

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Supreme Court Considers the Future for Thousands of People With TPS

April 21, 2021 - 19:19

The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument this week on the question of whether certain people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and who have developed strong connections with their communities that have made them eligible for more permanent status, may get their green card. The outcome of the case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, has serious implications for […]

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The First 100 Days: Biden on Immigration Detention

April 20, 2021 - 17:55

This blog is the first in a three-part series from the Immigration Justice Campaign. Reflecting on his release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Thomas,* a man who fled near-death in Cameroon, said: “I will always remember that day, it felt like Christmas day. I was overwhelmed with joy, it felt like the […]

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Biden’s Commitment to Refugees in Question After Flip Flopping on Admissions Cap

April 16, 2021 - 18:12

Throughout his presidential campaign and after the election, Joe Biden repeatedly condemned President Trump’s decision to slash the U.S. refugee admissions level to its lowest in history. He  promised to raise the number of refugees admitted to 125,000 a year. But on April 16, President Biden instead signed a new refugee determination keeping in place […]

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Border Patrol’s New Coordinators Are Meant to Help Process Children, But Concerns Linger

April 13, 2021 - 19:37

A record number of migrant children are arriving to the U.S.-Mexico border alone. In March 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors—the most to ever arrive in a single month. But for the first time, Border Patrol processing coordinators—not law enforcement agents—will be stationed at CBP facilities to help care […]

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How the Biden Administration Is Responding to Unaccompanied Children, Families, and Adults at the Border

April 8, 2021 - 18:49

Only days after President Biden took office, some people were already declaring that the border was in a state of crisis. But recently released U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics reveal that the truth is more complicated. The Biden administration is dealing with two very different phenomena at the border right now. One is driving […]

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Yes, All Immigrants Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine—Even Those Who Are Undocumented

April 7, 2021 - 16:49

Since the start of the pandemic, many immigrants have been left out of federal COVID-19 relief packages. Both undocumented immigrants and some people in mixed-status households have been excluded from stimulus checks, rent assistance, and other financial aid. This has left some questioning whether they qualify for the most important relief yet: the COVID-19 vaccine. […]

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Arizona ICE Detention Center Violated COVID-19 Safety Protocols by Refusing to Provide Masks or Enforce Social Distancing

April 6, 2021 - 18:22

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers—which often suffer from cramped conditions and poor access to medical care—are highly conducive to the spread of COVID-19. But ICE officials at one detention center in Arizona made the situation exponentially worse by failing to implement social distancing measures, provide face masks, or implement other basic COVID-19 […]

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