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  • Biden’s Commitment to Refugees in Question After Flip-Flopping on Admissions Cap
    April 16, 2021

    Throughout his presidential campaign and after the election, Joe Biden repeatedly condemned President Trump’s decision to slash the U.S. refugee admissions level to its lowest in history. He  promised to raise the number of refugees admitted to 125,000 a year. But on April 16, President Biden instead signed a new refugee determination keeping in place […] The post Biden’s Commitment to Refugees in Question After Flip-Flopping on Admissions Cap appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Border Patrol’s New Coordinators Are Meant to Help Process Children, But Concerns Linger
    April 13, 2021

    A record number of migrant children are arriving to the U.S.-Mexico border alone. In March 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors—the most to ever arrive in a single month. But for the first time, Border Patrol processing coordinators—not law enforcement agents—will be stationed at CBP facilities to help care […] The post Border Patrol’s New Coordinators Are Meant to Help Process Children, But Concerns Linger appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How the Biden Administration Is Responding to Unaccompanied Children, Families, and Adults at the Border
    April 8, 2021

    Only days after President Biden took office, some people were already declaring that the border was in a state of crisis. But recently released U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics reveal that the truth is more complicated. The Biden administration is dealing with two very different phenomena at the border right now. One is driving […] The post How the Biden Administration Is Responding to Unaccompanied Children, Families, and Adults at the Border appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Yes, All Immigrants Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine—Even Those Who Are Undocumented
    April 7, 2021

    Since the start of the pandemic, many immigrants have been left out of federal COVID-19 relief packages. Both undocumented immigrants and some people in mixed-status households have been excluded from stimulus checks, rent assistance, and other financial aid. This has left some questioning whether they qualify for the most important relief yet: the COVID-19 vaccine. […] The post Yes, All Immigrants Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine—Even Those Who Are Undocumented appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Arizona ICE Detention Center Violated COVID-19 Safety Protocols by Refusing to Provide Masks or Enforce Social Distancing
    April 6, 2021

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers—which often suffer from cramped conditions and poor access to medical care—are highly conducive to the spread of COVID-19. But ICE officials at one detention center in Arizona made the situation exponentially worse by failing to implement social distancing measures, provide face masks, or implement other basic COVID-19 […] The post Arizona ICE Detention Center Violated COVID-19 Safety Protocols by Refusing to Provide Masks or Enforce Social Distancing appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Policies Based on Deterrence Don’t Work
    April 2, 2021

    Over the last two months, the Biden administration has been pressured to carry out another crackdown at the border as the number of arriving families and children rise. But officials making these calls must grapple with one simple fact: immigration enforcement through deterrence doesn’t work. If we want to keep people from making the dangerous […] The post Immigration Policies Based on Deterrence Don’t Work appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Republicans Introduced 11 New Anti-Immigration Bills. Here’s What’s at Stake If They Pass.
    April 1, 2021

    A group of Republican lawmakers recently introduced a slew of anti-immigration bills in the House of Representatives and Senate. The bills primarily target people’s rights to seek asylum in the United States, as well as re-up a laundry list of anti-immigration initiatives from the Trump administration. These measures are the latest response to the arrival […] The post Republicans Introduced 11 New Anti-Immigration Bills. Here’s What’s at Stake If They Pass. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Ban on J-1 Exchange and Other Employment-Based Visas Set to Expire
    March 30, 2021

    A ban blocking certain employment-based visas implemented and extended by former President Trump is set to expire on March 31. The ban has likely prevented hundreds of thousands of people from participating in the American economy. In June 2020, the Trump administration blocked the entry of noncitizens on certain employment-based non-immigrant visas, using the COVID-19 […] The post Ban on J-1 Exchange and Other Employment-Based Visas Set to Expire appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Many ICE-Related COVID-19 Deaths Have Gone Unreported?
    March 26, 2021

    After almost two years in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Martin Vargas Arellano was released to a hospital on March 5. ICE did not notify his family or attorney. Three days later, he died alone from complications of COVID-19. His death leads to questions about how many other people have died soon after […] The post How Many ICE-Related COVID-19 Deaths Have Gone Unreported? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Begins to Restore Temporary Protected Status. Which Countries Could Get TPS Next?
    March 25, 2021

    By the end of the Trump presidency, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was all but destroyed. The former administration had attempted to end crucial protections for the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people who benefited from the status. Now, just a short time into the Biden administration, those protections are being restored or extended. Foreign nationals […] The post Biden Begins to Restore Temporary Protected Status. Which Countries Could Get TPS Next? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]