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  • How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result
    January 15, 2019

    Small and rural towns across America are increasingly faced with the opportunities and challenges that come with settling new immigrants. In nearly 3,000 rural American towns, the immigrant population grew by 130 percent since 1990. While immigrants are increasingly credited with bringing growth and stimulus to small town America, their arrival can also create tension […] The post How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • As Shutdown Moves Into Fourth Week, Most Immigration Courts Remain Shuttered
    January 14, 2019

    With the government shutdown dragging into its fourth week—marking the longest shutdown in U.S. history—most of the nation’s immigration courts remain closed. The Trump administration decries immigration court backlogs and has implemented short cuts that limit and threaten due process to address the backlogs. Yet he has contributed to a shutdown that has led to […] The post As Shutdown Moves Into Fourth Week, Most Immigration Courts Remain Shuttered appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Advocacy Groups Submit Comments Opposing Trump’s Asylum Ban
    January 11, 2019

    In November, President Trump took the unprecedented action of banning asylum for individuals who enter the United States between ports of entry. Although his actions were blocked in court only days later, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continued forward with the process of formalizing rules to keep the asylum ban in place should the […] The post Advocacy Groups Submit Comments Opposing Trump’s Asylum Ban appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children
    January 10, 2019

    Lack of transparency has long dogged the enforcement branches of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in particular, has been the subject of numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during the Trump administration and previous administrations. Records produced in response to FOIA requests demonstrate that […] The post FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Vital Industries Could Suffer Significant Damage as Workers With TPS Lose Their Status
    January 9, 2019

    The Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for migrants from several nations—including El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti—has not only threatened over 300,000 long-term residents with deportation and separation from their families, but created potential workforce turmoil in multiple industries nationwide. The impending loss of workers will have ripple effects throughout local economies […] The post Vital Industries Could Suffer Significant Damage as Workers With TPS Lose Their Status appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security
    January 8, 2019

    There is no doubt that a thoughtful conversation needs to be had around border security. However, it must be grounded in the realities of who is actually arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico, the reasons they are coming, and what the most pragmatic and humane response to them is. In the past several years, […] The post Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Judicial Black Sites the Government Created to Speed Up Deportations
    January 7, 2019

    As the Trump administration continues to strip away due process in immigration courts, the recent creation of two “Immigration Adjudication Centers” is cause for concern. The two new facilities are called “Centers,” not “courts,” despite being places where judges decide whether to issue orders of deportation. The Centers came out of a “Caseload Reduction Plan” […] The post The Judicial Black Sites the Government Created to Speed Up Deportations appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • No End In Sight as Shutdown Over Trump’s Border Wall Enters Third Week
    January 4, 2019

    Roughly 25 percent of the federal government closed on December 22 after President Trump declared his intent to veto any funding bill that didn’t contain five billion dollars for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Thirteen days later, much of the government remains on a shutdown, with Republican Senate leadership currently refusing to move […] The post No End In Sight as Shutdown Over Trump’s Border Wall Enters Third Week appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process
    January 3, 2019

    January 2 marked the final day for comments on a proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that would implement a new registration requirement for H-1B visas for well-educated foreign professionals. This proposal would require employers looking to hire H-1B workers to first register electronically with the agency during a specified registration period. […] The post With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence?
    January 2, 2019

    In early December, seven-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal died within hours after coming into the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Her tragic death brought renewed attention to the systemic problems of medical care in CBP’s “iceboxes,” where not even children are screened for medical problems after being detained. Tragically, a second child, eight-year-old Felipe […] The post A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]