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Immigration Impact

  • Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields
    January 26, 2022

    The Biden administration recently announced four actions intended to improve immigration “pathways” for noncitizens in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, these changes are constrained by the delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and congressional limits on immigrant visa numbers. These actions include: Early Career STEM Initiative (J-1 Exchange Visitors) Expansion […] The post Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Declining Immigration Is Leaving US Jobs Unfilled
    January 25, 2022

    The labor shortages currently afflicting many sectors of the U.S. economy are being aggravated by the arrival of fewer and fewer workers from abroad. Although immigration has been slowing since 2016, the biggest declines have occurred since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. According to economists at the University of California, Davis, […] The post Declining Immigration Is Leaving US Jobs Unfilled appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban
    January 21, 2022

    The State Department announced a new rule that will waive fees for visa applicants who were denied because of the Muslim and refugee ban. Under the new rule, an immigrant visa applicant who has an approved immigration petition may reapply for a visa without paying the fees if they were refused a visa under the […] The post State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Report Amplifies Concerns About ‘Dedicated Docket’ for Asylum Seekers
    January 20, 2022

    When the Biden administration announced a new “dedicated docket” in immigration court for families seeking asylum at the border, many advocates raised concerns that the docket would forgo due process for efficiency’s sake. This was the case for the “rocket dockets” that existed under President Obama, which suffered from lack of access to counsel and […] The post New Report Amplifies Concerns About ‘Dedicated Docket’ for Asylum Seekers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Leaked Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions in Border Processing Centers
    January 14, 2022

    New leaked photos of Border Patrol stations in Yuma, Arizona show Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) inhumane treatment of people apprehended at the border— revealing that years of overcrowded, unsanitary, and cruel conditions continue despite multiple deaths, legal challenges, and the Biden administration’s promise to create a humane immigration system. The 18 photos show people […] The post Leaked Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions in Border Processing Centers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments Addressing the Legality of Detention Without Bond
    January 12, 2022

    Written by Caroline Walters and Kate Melloy Goettel  This week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two related immigration cases. Each asks whether certain noncitizens are entitled to bond hearings before a judge after the government has detained them for a prolonged amount of time. The question of prolonged detention for certain noncitizens has […] The post Supreme Court Hears Arguments Addressing the Legality of Detention Without Bond appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Documents Reveal Details About Border Patrol’s Deadly High-Speed Pursuits
    January 11, 2022

    As the border has become harder to cross over the last few years, smugglers have increasingly turned to the use of vehicles to smuggle migrants. But along with this rise has come an increase in Border Patrol chases when smugglers attempt to flee—and a significant jump in deadly crashes. Newly revealed data obtained by the […] The post New Documents Reveal Details About Border Patrol’s Deadly High-Speed Pursuits appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Concerns Grow Over Denials of Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests
    January 7, 2022

    As the United States hastily withdrew its military presence from Afghanistan in August 2021, it began Operation Allies Welcome, a program designed to assist the tens of thousands of Afghans who successfully fled Afghanistan as the Taliban took control. Many of these individuals had previously assisted the U.S. military and its allies throughout the decades-long […] The post Concerns Grow Over Denials of Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Substance Abuse, Criminal Charges, and Death: National Guard Border Deployments Plagued by Problems
    January 5, 2022

    National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border face a grim reality, with their deployments plagued by substance abuse problems and discontent. Eight troops have committed suicide or died as part of a series of deployments along the border within the last year. New reports from the Army Times suggest that troops not only have […] The post Substance Abuse, Criminal Charges, and Death: National Guard Border Deployments Plagued by Problems appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Detention and Enforcement Are a Mixed Bag in Biden’s First Year
    December 17, 2021

    Immigration detention and enforcement in the United States under the first year of the Biden administration has been a mixture of improvements and setbacks. The Trump administration implemented nearly 400 changes to interior enforcement with the goal of subjecting all undocumented immigrants to enforcement actions, and President Biden assumed office having made significant commitments to […] The post Immigration Detention and Enforcement Are a Mixed Bag in Biden’s First Year appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]