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  • New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers
    October 16, 2018

    Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […] The post New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported
    October 15, 2018

    A new report alleges that the Trump administration (and partially Obama administration) may have separated thousands more families than previously reported and also details how thousands of asylum seekers have been illegally turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border. Amnesty International released the report last Thursday which reveals that upwards of 1,000 more families than originally […] The post Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues
    October 12, 2018

    Overwhelmed immigration courts and massive court backlogs have long been a nation-wide problem. Hearings are regularly scheduled years in advance—in some jurisdictions, judges are scheduling hearings into 2022. This means that many immigrants are held in limbo for years, unable to move forward, while living with the uncertainty of whether or not they will be […] The post Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children
    October 11, 2018

    Senators grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies, including its practice of detaining migrant children and families, at a hearing on Wednesday. The most jarring moment of the hearing was when Secretary Nielsen repeatedly refused to admit that her agency detains children. During the “Threats to […] The post DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere
    October 10, 2018

    If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite. Canada is […] The post The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous
    October 9, 2018

    For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […] The post The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DHS Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Trump’s Family Separation Policy
    October 5, 2018

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a special report this week revealing its findings following an investigation into the Trump administration’s contentious family separation policy. The OIG’s primary finding is that DHS was “not fully prepared to implement the Zero Tolerance Policy.” Further, the OIG found that DHS […] The post DHS Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Trump’s Family Separation Policy appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients
    October 4, 2018

    Just weeks ahead of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders beginning to lose their immigration status, a federal court in California blocked the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. At least for now, this unexpected lifeline will temporarily protect hundreds of thousands of TPS holders […] The post Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Surprise Government Inspection Finds Nooses in ICE Detention Center, Doctors Refusing to Treat Immigrant Detainees
    October 3, 2018

    When government officials conducted a surprise inspection of the immigration detention center in Adelanto, California this May, they were met by many signs of serious neglect and abuse, including the chilling sight of nooses made from twisted bed sheets hanging in multiple cells. This abuse and neglect are highlighted in a new report by the […] The post Surprise Government Inspection Finds Nooses in ICE Detention Center, Doctors Refusing to Treat Immigrant Detainees appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices
    October 2, 2018

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of […] The post USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]