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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 Anti-Chinese racism and anti-Asian racism and violence more broadly, has spread with the continued use of outdated monikers like the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.”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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