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  • Trump’s Latest Asylum Ban Goes Into Effect in Texas and New Mexico
    August 20, 2019

    The Trump administration’s latest asylum ban went into effect in New Mexico and Texas—but not California and Arizona—on Friday after a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling amounts to a partial victory for President Trump. While the ban covers the border states outside of the Ninth Circuit, it will not apply […] The post Trump’s Latest Asylum Ban Goes Into Effect in Texas and New Mexico appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Rules Detained Immigrant Children Must Receive Clean Water, Edible Food, and Soap
    August 19, 2019

    A federal appeals court in California ruled on Thursday that immigrant children must receive edible food, clean water, soap, and toothpaste while being detained by U.S. immigration authorities. The decision came from a three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The panel dismissed the Trump administration’s challenge of a lower […] The post Federal Court Rules Detained Immigrant Children Must Receive Clean Water, Edible Food, and Soap appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Visa Petition Denials on the Rise
    August 16, 2019

    Legal immigration channels to the United States are continuing to suffer under the Trump administration. These restrictions are having an effect on employment-based immigration—particularly petitions for temporary foreign workers. American businesses file such petitions in order to hire and retain foreign-born workers who make vital contributions to companies, industries, and the U.S. economy. Yet U.S. […] The post USCIS Visa Petition Denials on the Rise appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Announces 7 International Offices Will Remain Open Despite Overall Shutdown
    August 15, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released more details about its plan to close its international offices. In an August 9 memorandum, USCIS clarified that all but seven of its 23 international offices will be shuttered within the next year. USCIS’s International Operations Division has a diverse mission, encompassing everything from processing urgent humanitarian […] The post USCIS Announces 7 International Offices Will Remain Open Despite Overall Shutdown appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Enforcement Expanding Its Use of Mass Surveillance
    August 14, 2019

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is preparing to expand its use of facial recognition technology to screen everyone entering the United States through borders and ports of entry. The border enforcement agency is searching for a private vendor to upgrade a sweeping range of its technological systems and recently put out a request for […] The post Immigration Enforcement Expanding Its Use of Mass Surveillance appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Public Charge Rule Imposes Wealth Test on Newcomers
    August 13, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final version of its new “public charge” regulation on Monday morning. The rule would make it easier for the government to deny a green card or visa to immigrants it believes are likely to receive certain public benefits in the future. This would make it significantly harder […] The post New Public Charge Rule Imposes Wealth Test on Newcomers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump Administration Moves to ‘Disband and Destroy’ Immigration Judges Union
    August 12, 2019

    Immigration judges around the country are denouncing the Trump administration’s latest move to “disband and destroy” their union. The judges’ union has been openly critical of the administration’s immigration enforcement agenda. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority on Friday asking to revoke the National Association of Immigration […] The post Trump Administration Moves to ‘Disband and Destroy’ Immigration Judges Union appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Rushing Immigration Court Cases Through ‘Rocket Dockets’ Deprives Families of Due Process
    August 9, 2019

    In an attempt to rush through immigrant families’ court cases, the government began implementing “rocket dockets” in September 2018 for parents and children who had recently entered the United States together without authorization. The program is intended to discourage Central American families from coming to the United States by quickly deporting those already here. But […] The post Rushing Immigration Court Cases Through ‘Rocket Dockets’ Deprives Families of Due Process appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Targets Mississippi Food Plants in Largest Set of Immigration Raids
    August 8, 2019

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted coordinated raids in several small Mississippi towns on Wednesday. With reports of 680 arrests, the raids may be the largest ICE worksite crackdown in over a decade. More than 600 ICE agents raided seven food processing plants in several small towns near Jackson, Mississippi. Poultry plants owned by […] The post ICE Targets Mississippi Food Plants in Largest Set of Immigration Raids appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Community Support Flows Into El Paso After Mass Shooting
    August 7, 2019

    El Paso, Texas suffered a horrific tragedy on Saturday when a gunman entered a local Walmart and opened fire. The gunman—who was emboldened by racist rhetoric to specifically target immigrants and Latinos—ultimately murdered 22 people and wounded 26. In the wake of this anguish, people are stepping up to help El Paso. Fellow Texans, community […] The post Community Support Flows Into El Paso After Mass Shooting appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]