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  • Pennsylvania Should Widen Access to Justice for People in Immigration Detention
    October 11, 2019

    People in immigration detention who are represented by an attorney are more likely to receive a positive outcome in immigration court than those that face judges alone. Unfortunately, people who arrive in the U.S. from other countries are not guaranteed representation even though having one can be the difference between being allowed to stay or […] The post Pennsylvania Should Widen Access to Justice for People in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Blocks Error-Prone ICE Deportation Program
    October 10, 2019

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested millions of people based on unreliable electronic databases. In a recent court decision with nationwide impact, a federal judge in California ruled that parts of this mass deportation program—called Secure Communities—are unconstitutional. Through Secure Communities, anyone arrested and fingerprinted for any reason has their fingerprints sent to […] The post Federal Court Blocks Error-Prone ICE Deportation Program appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Trump’s New Healthcare Ban Threatens the Legal Immigration System
    October 9, 2019

    President Trump invoked the same legal authority used for the Travel Ban to impose a sweeping new ban on legal immigration last week. Under the new ban, which analysis suggests could block as much as two thirds of all immigrants from coming to the United States, immigrants will be banned from entering unless they can […] The post How Trump’s New Healthcare Ban Threatens the Legal Immigration System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • CBP Officers Take on Role of Asylum Officers – This Lawsuit Demands to Know Why
    October 8, 2019

    Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—a law enforcement agency with a history of misconduct and abuse—are reportedly conducting screenings of asylum seekers pursuing protection in the United States. A new lawsuit aims to find out more about this secretive practice. For decades, these screenings—called credible fear interviews (CFI)—have been under the jurisdiction of […] The post CBP Officers Take on Role of Asylum Officers – This Lawsuit Demands to Know Why appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Cameroonian’s Death in ICE Custody Underscores Problems with Immigration Detention
    October 7, 2019

    Nebane Abienwi, a 37-year-old man who had recently fled war-torn Cameroon, died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on Tuesday. His passing—the first of the new fiscal year that began on October 1—follows a string of tragic and unnecessary deaths in ICE detention that illustrate just how poorly the agency operates its facilities. […] The post Cameroonian’s Death in ICE Custody Underscores Problems with Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What the Safe Third Country Deals Mean for The Future of Asylum in the United States
    October 4, 2019

    The Trump administration announced last week that it had signed an “Asylum Cooperative Agreement” with Honduras, following two similar agreements signed with El Salvador and Guatemala. If any of these agreements go into effect, the United States could rapidly deport asylum seekers to a third country, without ever permitting them to apply for protections in […] The post What the Safe Third Country Deals Mean for The Future of Asylum in the United States appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • American Communities Benefit From Welcoming Refugees – The White House Wants to Stop That
    October 3, 2019

    For many small towns and rural communities, opening their doors to refugees is part of a local strategy to reverse population decline, stimulate their workforce, and build diverse communities. There are countless examples. Clarkston, Georgia—once a Southern town struggling to keep up with rapid population decline—has accepted over 40,000 refugees in the last four decades. […] The post American Communities Benefit From Welcoming Refugees – The White House Wants to Stop That appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Judge Says DHS Must Keep Its Promise to Protect Children in Immigration Detention
    October 2, 2019

    A federal judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration’s attempts to significantly undo the Flores Settlement Agreement, which mandates certain protections for children held in immigration detention. The changes to the settlement would have allowed the administration to hold immigrant children and their parents indefinitely in jail-like settings. Federal Judge Dolly Gee repeated that the […] The post Federal Judge Says DHS Must Keep Its Promise to Protect Children in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Implemented New H-1B Wage Level Policy Without Providing Sufficient Guidance to Its Staff
    October 1, 2019

    Newly released documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out a major policy change impacting petitions for H-1B workers without sufficient training to officers deciding the petitions. The records reveal troubling insights into what likely contributed to substantial increases in requests for evidence (RFEs) […] The post USCIS Implemented New H-1B Wage Level Policy Without Providing Sufficient Guidance to Its Staff appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Judge Blocks the Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation Program, Expedited Removal
    September 30, 2019

    A federal judge blocked the expansion of a fast-track deportation program, known as “expedited removal,” minutes before the government said it would begin implementing its expansion on September 28, 2019. Expedited removal allows the government to deport certain people without basic legal protections. Those who are put in this process are not able to see […] The post Federal Judge Blocks the Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation Program, Expedited Removal appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]