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  • Tent Immigration Courts Are Still Not Fully Open to the Public
    January 17, 2020

    Asylum seekers subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols—or the “Remain in Mexico” program—in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas attend their court hearings in tents known as “port courts.” The government announced these secretive courts would finally be opened last week, but the public still does not have full access. For the past year, this program has […] The post Tent Immigration Courts Are Still Not Fully Open to the Public appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What We Know About USCIS’ New H-1B Cap Registration System
    January 16, 2020

    The new process for petitioning for highly educated H-1B workers will officially begin on March 1, 2020. For the first time, a U.S. employer who wants to file a petition that is subject to the annual limits must first register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The agency then must select the registration before […] The post What We Know About USCIS’ New H-1B Cap Registration System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • On Trial: Inhumane Conditions in Customs and Border Protection Facilities in Arizona
    January 15, 2020

    After more than four years of gathering evidence of the substandard conditions in the government’s short-term detention facilities in Arizona’s Tucson Sector, a case challenging these conditions called Doe v. Wolf went to trial on Monday. Over the course of the trial, plaintiffs will show how individuals held in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) short-term […] The post On Trial: Inhumane Conditions in Customs and Border Protection Facilities in Arizona appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Changes to Work Permit Eligibility Leave Asylum Seekers Without a Job
    January 13, 2020

    People who come to the United States in search of protection must be allowed to work during the often-lengthy asylum application process. They need to be able to support themselves and their families. Yet the Trump administration wants to make it harder for asylum seekers to get a work permit. The Department of Homeland Security […] The post Changes to Work Permit Eligibility Leave Asylum Seekers Without a Job appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Decade Ends with Another Death in Immigration Detention
    January 10, 2020

    The government closed out the decade with yet another person’s death in immigration detention. Fiscal year 2019 was one of the most fatal years on the books for immigrants held in the custody of both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Eight people died while in ICE custody in fiscal […] The post The Decade Ends with Another Death in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What Are the Proposed New Bars to Asylum?
    January 8, 2020

    In yet another move to gut asylum protections in the United States, the Trump administration proposed a rule last month that would add severe new restrictions on asylum access. The restrictions would apply to people convicted of—and in some cases, merely accused of—a wide range of criminal offenses. If enacted, the rule would create seven […] The post What Are the Proposed New Bars to Asylum? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Republican and Democratic Officials Continue to Accept Refugees, Rejecting Trump’s Executive Order
    January 7, 2020

    Update: On January 15, federal Judge Peter Messitte issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its executive order giving state and local governments the power to opt out of refugee resettlement. Judge Messitte ruled the executive order was likely unlawful. In his decision, he called for the program to “go forward […] The post Republican and Democratic Officials Continue to Accept Refugees, Rejecting Trump’s Executive Order appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 4 Ways USCIS’ Proposed Fee Increase Fails to Solve the Agency’s Problems
    January 6, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) recent proposal to increase most of their fees has been met with strong opposition. The proposal drew widespread attention, garnering nearly 10,000 comments. The agency claims the new fees will help reduce the growing application backlog. Yet the agency offers no solution as to how that will be achieved. […] The post 4 Ways USCIS’ Proposed Fee Increase Fails to Solve the Agency’s Problems appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Jersey Caps Off A Tremendous Year for Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses
    January 3, 2020

    Many New Yorkers had a reason to celebrate on December 16, as they were permitted to apply for a driver’s license for the first time, even if they lacked permanent immigration status. Now, thanks to a new law passed on December 19, their neighbors in New Jersey will be able to benefit as well. The […] The post New Jersey Caps Off A Tremendous Year for Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Defense Spending Act Allows Thousands of Liberians to Apply for Permanent Residency
    January 2, 2020

    The defense spending package for the fiscal year 2020 will allow thousands of Liberians living in the United States to gain green cards. The $738-billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law by President Trump in December. About 4,000 Liberians may now have a path to citizenship under this new law. Many Liberians […] The post Defense Spending Act Allows Thousands of Liberians to Apply for Permanent Residency appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]