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  • Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’ Immigration Court System Grow Louder
    March 22, 2019

    In an exhaustive report  on the immigration court system, the American Bar Association (ABA) called on Congress to make sweeping changes in order to fix a system “on the brink of collapse.” According to the ABA, the immigration courts—which currently face backlogs of over 855,000 cases—are so “irredeemably dysfunctional” that the only solution is for […] The post Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’ Immigration Court System Grow Louder appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention
    March 21, 2019

    Immigrants with even minor, dated criminal convictions will now be placed in mandatory detention without the possibility of a bond hearing—even if they have already served their time and been previously released. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Nielsen v. Preap this week. A majority of the Court ruled that an immigration law […] The post Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired Violence Against Women Act
    March 21, 2019

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark piece of legislation that was the first to offer clear protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is up for reauthorization this year. The law has been instrumental in providing protections for immigrants who have faced this type of violence. Due to the government shutdown, […] The post Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired Violence Against Women Act appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most
    March 19, 2019

    The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and have a disproportionate impact on women. This new rule derives […] The post Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future
    March 18, 2019

    More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the Trump administration gave TPS holders from […] The post An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets
    March 15, 2019

    Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—that ensures government agencies comply with their obligations […] The post Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families
    March 13, 2019

    In recent weeks, alarming stories have surfaced indicating that thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents at the southern border than originally thought. In response to this and earlier reports that the government had begun separating parents as early as 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked a federal judge to expand […] The post Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget
    March 12, 2019

    After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress averted a second government shutdown last month by reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget—a budget which gave President Trump very little of his border demands. Undeterred, the president made a budget request for the next fiscal year on Monday. He called for $8.6 billion […] The post After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court
    March 11, 2019

    Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court […] The post Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People
    March 8, 2019

    A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Though the performance was meant to be lighthearted, […] The post America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]