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Why a Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala is Unsafe and Unworkable

July 29, 2019 - 16:37

The Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala last Friday that appears to allow the U.S. government to send certain asylum applicants to Guatemala, forcing them to seek asylum there. Framed by the president as a “Safe Third Country” agreement, this move will place thousands of asylum seekers at risk in a country ill-prepared to […]

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Appeals Court Decision Means Hundreds of Migrants Were Unlawfully Convicted

July 26, 2019 - 14:25

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision clarifying limits on when federal prosecutors can charge immigrants with illegal entry and reentry into the United States this week.  Under this decision, it will be more difficult for the government to criminally charge immigrants who attempt to enter the United States outside a port of […]

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California Judge Blocks Implementation of Trump’s New Asylum Rule

July 25, 2019 - 17:35

A federal judge in California blocked the implementation of a new rule yesterday that would have prevented most immigrants who arrive at the U.S. southern land border from qualifying for asylum in the United States. This decision came just hours after a D.C. court ruled in the opposite direction. The nationwide preliminary injunction issued by […]

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The House Votes on TPS for Venezuela as ‘Humanitarian Disaster’ in the Country Escalates

July 24, 2019 - 15:36

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday night on legislation that would designate Venezuela as an eligible country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Venezuela TPS Act of 2019 would permit nationals of Venezuela to register for TPS and maintain the designation for 18 months. The bill was introduced by two congressmen from Florida, Democrat […]

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No Freedom, Education, or Privacy: Over 2,000 Immigrant Children Detained at the Homestead Shelter

July 23, 2019 - 18:45

Over 2,000 immigrant children are being detained by the Trump administration at a “temporary emergency” facility in Homestead, Florida. All of the children at the facility have been designated by the government as “unaccompanied” minors. However, not every “unaccompanied” child came to the border alone—some were intentionally separated from their guardians by U.S. officials. Under […]

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Trump Implements Nationwide ‘Send Them Back’ Immigration Policy

July 22, 2019 - 17:28

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday morning that it would vastly expand “expedited removal,” a provision of the law that permits the agency to rapidly deport certain individuals without an opportunity to see an immigration judge. Under the expansion, DHS can rapidly deport undocumented immigrants in the United States who crossed the […]

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Advocates Seek Information About a Secretive Program That Fast-Tracks Deportations

July 19, 2019 - 15:34

Since the mid-1980s, immigration courts have operated the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP). The program is designed to quickly deport people serving criminal sentences. Despite how long it’s been in operation, little is known about the IHP. With a lawsuit filed earlier this week, advocates hope to shed light on this inherently secretive, newly-expanded program that […]

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ICE Quietly Expands Immigration Detention in the Deep South

July 18, 2019 - 17:09

While members of Congress were struggling to reach a bipartisan deal in February in order to end the government shutdown, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quietly expanded its complicated network of immigration jails—this time in the Deep South. In late June, ICE started using three jails in Louisiana and Mississippi, with bed-space for 4,000 […]

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Census Bureau Asked 250,000 Households About Their Citizenship Status, Despite Court Ruling

July 17, 2019 - 16:29

Despite losing at the Supreme Court, the Trump administration still managed to ask nearly a quarter of a million U.S. households about the citizenship status of their household members. That’s because the administration had already started mailing out its 2019 Census Test—a nationwide test used to inform the upcoming 2020 Census—two weeks before the Supreme […]

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Trump Administration Imposes Ban on Asylum Seekers Coming to the US From Third Countries

July 16, 2019 - 17:32

People fleeing persecution who arrive to the United States at the southern land border may no longer be able to seek asylum. As of Tuesday, these asylum seekers will instead be denied protection and returned to a country where their lives may be at risk, unless they qualify for a limited exception or meet a […]

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ICE Raids: What to Expect This Week

July 15, 2019 - 17:44

After word got out about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) plans to conduct widespread raids across the country on Sunday, ICE agents appeared to scale back their plans. The enforcement agency is instead attempting a quieter—but just as damaging—approach to targeting immigrant families. ICE is reportedly targeting approximately 2,000 people in these raids. By […]

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Cutting Interpreters From Immigration Court Risks Due Process

July 12, 2019 - 16:24

Every day, hundreds of non-English speaking immigrants show up to court for initial hearings where they will see an immigration judge for the first time. But due to a new policy, many immigrants will lose the help of dedicated court interpreters to ensure they understand what’s going on in the hearing. Instead, in-person simultaneous interpreters […]

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Trump Administration Rejects More Student Visas From Muslim-Majority Countries

July 11, 2019 - 16:40

Hosting foreign students is a vital way the United States builds better relations with other countries. Many foreign students go on to become government, business, and academic leaders in their home countries. The opinion they form of the United States during their student years stays with them throughout their lives. If their experience in the […]

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86 Conversations Across US Show Public Opinion on Immigration Is Complex Yet Changeable

July 10, 2019 - 14:48

The American public can still deliberate civilly with one another about issues of national importance. The most recent example comes from The Kettering Foundation who hosted 86 conversations across America on the topic of immigration through their National Issues Forums (NIF). The resulting report from these conversations illustrates why efforts to engage on even the […]

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A New EOIR Rule Expands Powers of the Board of Immigration Appeals and Attorney General

July 9, 2019 - 10:00

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a final rule last week that expands the authority of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and Attorney General William Barr when reviewing an immigration judge’s decision following a removal proceeding. The BIA reviews an immigration judge’s decision if ether the individual or the Department of Homeland […]

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Trump Administration Moves to Cut Protections for Military Families

July 8, 2019 - 18:12

The Trump administration is reportedly seeking to end important programs that protect the family members of active duty service members and veterans from deportation. NPR reports that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may scale back or terminate a program called Parole-in-Place (PIP) for military family members. The PIP program provides some spouses and dependents of […]

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Certain Detained Asylum Seekers Must Receive a Bond Hearing Within 7 Days, Despite Trump Administration’s Efforts

July 3, 2019 - 14:39

Attorney General William Barr announced in April 2019 plans to eliminate bond hearings for immigrants who pass an asylum screening interview after entering the United States. This would have forced many people to remain incarcerated for months or years during their asylum proceedings. However, on Tuesday, a federal court recognized that this fundamental attack on […]

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