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  • Ninth Circuit Lifts Injunction Protecting People in ICE Detention from COVID-19
    October 21, 2021

    In a split decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 20 lifted a lower court’s protections for medically vulnerable people locked up in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protections included requiring that ICE adhere to public health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of […] The post Ninth Circuit Lifts Injunction Protecting People in ICE Detention from COVID-19 appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Fails to Provide Basic Oversight of Solitary Confinement and Unlawfully Destroys Records
    October 19, 2021

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been known to improperly subject individuals in its custody to solitary confinement and has destroyed solitary confinement records in violation of a records retention schedule and an agreement to preserve records in a lawsuit. On October 13, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General […] The post ICE Fails to Provide Basic Oversight of Solitary Confinement and Unlawfully Destroys Records appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Announces Plan for Reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols
    October 18, 2021

    Two months after a federal court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as “Remain in Mexico”), the administration announced that it will reinstate the program in mid-November if Mexico agrees. In response, some advocates staged a virtual walkout of a listening session held by the administration, refusing to […] The post Biden Administration Announces Plan for Reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Brings Back Family Reunification Programs for Haitians and Filipino Veterans
    October 15, 2021

    Two parole programs that were terminated under the Trump administration are getting a second life under President Biden. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program and The Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program aim to reunite eligible U.S. citizens and residents with certain family members who live abroad and who are waiting in […] The post USCIS Brings Back Family Reunification Programs for Haitians and Filipino Veterans appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Needs a Consistent System of Discretionary Release from Detention
    October 13, 2021

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) need to establish clear guidance for when ICE should release someone from detention. So far, the Biden administration, like past administrations, has failed to issue this essential guidance. This inaction has left thousands of people needlessly detained. On October 5, the American […] The post ICE Needs a Consistent System of Discretionary Release from Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Halts Mass Worksite Raids By ICE
    October 13, 2021

    The Biden administration just took a significant step toward reining in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum that orders the agency to halt all mass worksite raids. The memorandum also orders the agency to shift its focus to employers that break the law—rather than […] The post Biden Administration Halts Mass Worksite Raids By ICE appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Doubles Down On Title 42 As Del Rio Expulsions Draw to A Close
    October 8, 2021

    In September, nearly 15,000 Haitians arrived near Del Rio, Texas seeking asylum in the United States. But rather than allowing them to seek protection, as is their right under United States law, the Biden administration instead began a process of mass expulsions to Haiti. With expulsions to Haiti finally slowing to a trickle  after 70 […] The post Biden Administration Doubles Down On Title 42 As Del Rio Expulsions Draw to A Close appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DHS Infringed on First Amendment Rights by Collecting Intel on Portland Protestors
    October 6, 2021

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials improperly developed intelligence reports nicknamed “baseball cards” about individuals arrested in Portland, Oregon during the civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder, a DHS internal review found. The internal report found that the Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) branch of DHS directed federal agents to collect these reports (i.e., dossiers) […] The post DHS Infringed on First Amendment Rights by Collecting Intel on Portland Protestors appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year
    October 5, 2021

    The Biden administration failed to issue more than 200,000 permanent resident visas (or “green cards”) that were allotted in fiscal year 2021 for immigrants sponsored by U.S. employers or family members. Roughly 150,000 visas for family-based immigrants and as many as 80,000 visas for employment-based immigrants had gone unused by September 30, which was the […] The post The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Enforcement Priorities Show Some Improvement, Maintain Old Framework
    October 1, 2021

    On September 30, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued the long-awaited new set of enforcement priorities, entitled “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Laws.” The guidelines, which will go into effect on November 29, 2021, will replace the February 18 interim enforcement priorities memo issued to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), […] The post New Enforcement Priorities Show Some Improvement, Maintain Old Framework appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]