Employment-Based and
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Immigration Impact

  • USCIS Brings Back Family Reunification Programs for Haitians and Filipino Veterans
    October 15, 2021

    Two parole programs that were terminated under the Trump administration are getting a second life under President Biden. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program and The Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program aim to reunite eligible U.S. citizens and residents with certain family members who live abroad and who are waiting in […] The post USCIS Brings Back Family Reunification Programs for Haitians and Filipino Veterans appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Needs a Consistent System of Discretionary Release from Detention
    October 13, 2021

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) need to establish clear guidance for when ICE should release someone from detention. So far, the Biden administration, like past administrations, has failed to issue this essential guidance. This inaction has left thousands of people needlessly detained. On October 5, the American […] The post ICE Needs a Consistent System of Discretionary Release from Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Halts Mass Worksite Raids By ICE
    October 13, 2021

    The Biden administration just took a significant step toward reining in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum that orders the agency to halt all mass worksite raids. The memorandum also orders the agency to shift its focus to employers that break the law—rather than […] The post Biden Administration Halts Mass Worksite Raids By ICE appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Doubles Down On Title 42 As Del Rio Expulsions Draw to A Close
    October 8, 2021

    In September, nearly 15,000 Haitians arrived near Del Rio, Texas seeking asylum in the United States. But rather than allowing them to seek protection, as is their right under United States law, the Biden administration instead began a process of mass expulsions to Haiti. With expulsions to Haiti finally slowing to a trickle  after 70 […] The post Biden Administration Doubles Down On Title 42 As Del Rio Expulsions Draw to A Close appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DHS Infringed on First Amendment Rights by Collecting Intel on Portland Protestors
    October 6, 2021

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials improperly developed intelligence reports nicknamed “baseball cards” about individuals arrested in Portland, Oregon during the civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder, a DHS internal review found. The internal report found that the Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) branch of DHS directed federal agents to collect these reports (i.e., dossiers) […] The post DHS Infringed on First Amendment Rights by Collecting Intel on Portland Protestors appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year
    October 5, 2021

    The Biden administration failed to issue more than 200,000 permanent resident visas (or “green cards”) that were allotted in fiscal year 2021 for immigrants sponsored by U.S. employers or family members. Roughly 150,000 visas for family-based immigrants and as many as 80,000 visas for employment-based immigrants had gone unused by September 30, which was the […] The post The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Enforcement Priorities Show Some Improvement, Maintain Old Framework
    October 1, 2021

    On September 30, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued the long-awaited new set of enforcement priorities, entitled “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Laws.” The guidelines, which will go into effect on November 29, 2021, will replace the February 18 interim enforcement priorities memo issued to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), […] The post New Enforcement Priorities Show Some Improvement, Maintain Old Framework appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • With New Florida Lawsuit, States’ Efforts to Dictate Federal Immigration Policy Continue
    September 30, 2021

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new lawsuit on Tuesday seeking an order requiring the Biden administration to detain almost all people arriving at the Southwest border. It is the latest in a string of lawsuits brought by states with Republican governors seeking to shape federal immigration policy. In its lawsuit, Florida argues that the […] The post With New Florida Lawsuit, States’ Efforts to Dictate Federal Immigration Policy Continue appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What You Need to Know About the New Proposed DACA Regulation
    September 27, 2021

    The Biden administration followed through on its Day One promise to create a new regulation to “preserve and fortify” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (DACA) on September 27. The new rule would codify the original DACA protections as announced in 2012 without expanding them to include new groups of undocumented youth. Why is […] The post What You Need to Know About the New Proposed DACA Regulation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • US Policy Toward Haitian Immigrants Is Part of a Long, Troubled History
    September 24, 2021

    Shocking images have emerged of Border Patrol officers on horseback charging toward Haitian immigrants in and around the border town of Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitians have come to our southern border as conditions in their home country continue to deteriorate following a devastating earthquake in August and the assassination of President Jovenel Moise […] The post US Policy Toward Haitian Immigrants Is Part of a Long, Troubled History appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]