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  • Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines
    March 27, 2020

    President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on Friday, March 27. The $2 trillion stimulus package goes a long way to improve our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But it fails to deliver for millions of immigrants across the country, including first responders who are on the front lines […] The post Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The H-1B Registration Period Has Ended. How Did the New System Handle It?
    March 26, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) completed its first registration period on March 20 for H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa category allows highly educated foreign workers to temporarily work for employers in the United States. This was the first year USCIS used a new registration process for U.S. employers hoping to file an H-1B petition […] The post The H-1B Registration Period Has Ended. How Did the New System Handle It? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting USCIS Processing of Immigration Applications
    March 25, 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak has significantly disrupted the operations of government agencies around the country, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is the agency that processes applications for various types of immigration benefits. USCIS Changes Office Operations During Coronavirus Outbreak The USCIS Seattle office was the first to temporarily close in early March when […] The post How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting USCIS Processing of Immigration Applications appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigrant Health Care Workers Play a Vital Role in the United States’ COVID-19 Response
    March 24, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the U.S. health care system will likely be pushed to its limits. During this time, it is important to remember the role that immigrant health care workers play alongside their native-born colleagues on the front lines of this fight—and how strongly our health care capacity depends on the expertise of […] The post Immigrant Health Care Workers Play a Vital Role in the United States’ COVID-19 Response appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Coronavirus is Changing US Asylum Policy at the Border
    March 23, 2020

    The Trump administration detailed its plans to begin rapidly deporting to Mexico people encountered at or near the southern border—without any due process—as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the globe. The plans were released in a new order issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director on March 21.  The order instructs border officials to turn away anyone who crosses the border without […] The post How Coronavirus is Changing US Asylum Policy at the Border appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Coronavirus Cannot Become an Excuse to Label Groups of People ‘Invasive’
    March 20, 2020

    The spread of the coronavirus into the United States has fueled the destructive, xenophobic narrative favored by the Trump administration. Anti-Chinese racism, and anti-Asian racism and violence more broadly, have spread with the continued use of outdated monikers like the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus.” To be sure, there are public health responses and […] The post Coronavirus Cannot Become an Excuse to Label Groups of People ‘Invasive’ appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 3 Actions ICE Should Take Now During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    March 19, 2020

    As the global death toll from coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to mount and communities take steps to stem the further spread of the virus, immigration advocates and lawyers have sounded the alarm bells for the thousands of immigrants held in civil detention facilities. Responses from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been mixed. U.S. Citizenship […] The post 3 Actions ICE Should Take Now During the Coronavirus Pandemic appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • CBP Hides Itself from Public View and Lacks Accountability
    March 18, 2020

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has historically conducted immigration enforcement along our borders. In this role, the agency has developed a reputation for overuse and abuse of its authority. Government transparency efforts have been critical in uncovering CBP’s misconduct. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits have revealed, for example, shocking evidence of sexual, physical, […] The post CBP Hides Itself from Public View and Lacks Accountability appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Department of Justice is Restructuring Immigration Courts in Secret
    March 18, 2020

    The Trump administration has steadily implemented initiatives to restructure the immigration court system without providing much information to the public. The lack of government transparency around these changes is especially important because they compromise fairness in the courts. The Department of Justice (DOJ) oversees the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which manage the immigration […] The post The Department of Justice is Restructuring Immigration Courts in Secret appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What Will It Take for USCIS to Reduce Its FOIA Backlog?
    March 16, 2020

    March 15 marks the beginning of Sunshine Week – a week devoted to celebrating the importance of government transparency and access to public records. It is a time to point out the lack of openness and accountability among immigration agencies and to assess what must be done to fight for greater access to government records. […] The post What Will It Take for USCIS to Reduce Its FOIA Backlog? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]