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  • Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA: What You Need to Know
    July 19, 2021

    Nearly a decade after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to provide protections to undocumented immigrants brought here as children, Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas struck down the program on July 16, ordering U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to stop issuing […] The post Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA: What You Need to Know appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Attorney General Garland Brings Back Administrative Closure for Immigration Judges
    July 16, 2021

    Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated Matter of Castro-Tum on July 15, reviving a key tool to help judges prioritize cases in the overburdened immigration court system and allow people facing deportation to pursue all available paths to legal status. In Matter of Cruz-Valdez, the attorney general reversed a decision by prior Attorney General Jeff Sessions. […] The post Attorney General Garland Brings Back Administrative Closure for Immigration Judges appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Who Is Ed Gonzalez? Biden’s ICE Nominee Signals Few Changes for the Agency
    July 15, 2021

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may soon have its first Senate-confirmed leader in nearly five years. On July 15, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination for the head of ICE, Ed Gonzalez, who is currently the Sheriff of Harris County, Texas. Gonzalez’s nomination presents a unique […] The post Who Is Ed Gonzalez? Biden’s ICE Nominee Signals Few Changes for the Agency appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • This Special Program Gives Refugee Athletes a Chance to Compete in the Olympics  
    July 14, 2021

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to expand a unique venture for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: The Refugee Olympic Team. The expansion is part of the IOC’s long-term effort to empower displaced athletes both before and after the Olympics.    The Refugee Olympic Team will feature athletes from 13 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela. The success of the original refugee team—which featured just 10 people during the […] The post This Special Program Gives Refugee Athletes a Chance to Compete in the Olympics   appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Will Stop Arresting and Detaining Most Pregnant and Nursing People
    July 9, 2021

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will no longer detain most people who are pregnant, postpartum, or nursing, according to a new policy released on July 9. However, ICE did not commit to a total ban, saying that there will still be “very limited circumstances” that will allow the agency to detain pregnant people. The […] The post ICE Will Stop Arresting and Detaining Most Pregnant and Nursing People appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Commits to Returning Deported Veterans
    July 8, 2021

    Since the founding of the United States, immigrants have served in the U.S. military. In recognition of the sacrifices involved in military service, the federal government has provided an expedited path to citizenship for immigrant servicemembers for years—but it isn’t automatic and not all who serve qualify. Given how easy it is for the federal […] The post Biden Administration Commits to Returning Deported Veterans appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic Made USCIS Backlogs Go from Bad to Worse
    July 6, 2021

    Backlogs, processing delays, and revenue shortfalls are nothing new at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The agency has long suffered from severe structural problems that hurt people who depend on it for work authorization, adjustment of status, naturalization, and many other immigration benefits. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agency operations has […] The post The COVID-19 Pandemic Made USCIS Backlogs Go from Bad to Worse appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Supreme Court Denies Bond Hearings to People Pursuing Protection Claims Who Have Prior Removal Orders
    June 30, 2021

    The Supreme Court issued a decision on June 29 in the Johnson v. Guzman Chavez case. The majority of the justices determined that people with prior removal orders are subject to mandatory detention, even while they pursue proceedings to stop their deportation to a country where they established they have a reasonable fear of persecution […] The post Supreme Court Denies Bond Hearings to People Pursuing Protection Claims Who Have Prior Removal Orders appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Will Immigrant Investors and Regional Centers Benefit From Court Win or Has Time Run Out?
    June 30, 2021

    A recent court win that restored lower minimum investment amounts was good news for regional centers and immigrant investors in the EB-5 program. But the bad news is the EB-5 regional center program will end on June 30, because Congress did not extend it. While Congress may restore the program, it’s uncertain how long immigrant […] The post Will Immigrant Investors and Regional Centers Benefit From Court Win or Has Time Run Out? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Scientific Evidence Shows Assumptions About Asylum Seekers’ Memory Are Wrong
    June 29, 2021

    How well should someone be able to remember every detail of a traumatic event? The U.S. government argues people should have a near perfect memory to obtain asylum—even if they experienced the trauma years in the past. Due to unprecedented backlogs in immigration court and the Asylum office, U.S. officials ask asylum seekers to describe […] The post Scientific Evidence Shows Assumptions About Asylum Seekers’ Memory Are Wrong appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]