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  • Del Rio Migrant Camp Shows How Biden Administration Is Not Living Up to Its Promises
    September 21, 2021

    Roughly 14,000 Haitians arrived at the border across from Del Rio, Texas in mid-September and walked across the Rio Grande to seek asylum. Many first left Haiti in 2010 following a devastating earthquake that killed over 100,000 people and have been pushed from country to country ever since. With Haiti in disarray following the assassination […] The post Del Rio Migrant Camp Shows How Biden Administration Is Not Living Up to Its Promises appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Reform in Budget Reconciliation Is Off to a Rocky Start but Much Is Yet to Come
    September 20, 2021

    Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on September 19 rejected Democrats’ initial attempt to include immigration reform provisions in a $3.5 trillion spending bill currently making its way through Congress. Senate Democrats are already formulating alternative proposals for MacDonough to consider in the days ahead. Democrats had initially proposed that the spending bill provide a pathway to […] The post Immigration Reform in Budget Reconciliation Is Off to a Rocky Start but Much Is Yet to Come appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Court Allows ICE to Use Enforcement Priorities Set by the Biden Administration
    September 16, 2021

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday stayed a significant part of an earlier decision by the Northern District of Texas that would have blocked the implementation of the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement priorities. In doing so, the Fifth Circuit emphasized that decisions regarding whom to detain and prosecute remain the purview of the […] The post Court Allows ICE to Use Enforcement Priorities Set by the Biden Administration appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Fear of Another 9/11 Continues to Drive US Immigration Policy 20 Years Later
    September 14, 2021

    The September 11th terrorist attacks not only led to the tragic deaths of 2,977 people, they fundamentally changed the nature of immigration law and policy in the United States. Since 9/11, the U.S. government has viewed every non-U.S. citizen seeking to enter the country as a potential threat. Foreign tourists and students, temporary workers, permanent […] The post Fear of Another 9/11 Continues to Drive US Immigration Policy 20 Years Later appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The House Offers First Glimpse at Legalization for Millions of Immigrants Through Reconciliation
    September 13, 2021

    House Democrats began to mark up a budget reconciliation bill on September 10 that would provide a path to legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Although the bill will likely go through multiple changes before a final vote, the text provides an important marker for understanding who might benefit from […] The post The House Offers First Glimpse at Legalization for Millions of Immigrants Through Reconciliation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • California Law Would Prevent Transfers From Local Law Enforcement to ICE Custody
    September 9, 2021

    Proposed legislation in California that would further limit the state’s involvement in immigration detention has made progress toward becoming law. The VISION Act would prevent transfers to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody of people who are released from state or local custody. The bill passed the state assembly in June and is now […] The post California Law Would Prevent Transfers From Local Law Enforcement to ICE Custody appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Turning Back Asylum Seekers is Against the Law, Court Finds
    September 7, 2021

    A federal court concluded Thursday that the U.S. government’s turning back of asylum seekers at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border—primarily through a practice called metering—not only violates U.S. law, but also is unconstitutional. Before the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and Title 42, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers began the practice of […] The post Turning Back Asylum Seekers is Against the Law, Court Finds appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Illinois Law Allows Public Defenders to Represent Immigrants Facing Deportation
    September 2, 2021

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law in August that would allow the Cook County Public Defender to represent immigrants in the Chicago immigration court. The law is part of a movement to expand access to legal representation for people facing deportation. It comes on the heels of another pro-immigrant Illinois law that disallows immigration […] The post New Illinois Law Allows Public Defenders to Represent Immigrants Facing Deportation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Unaccompanied Minors Among Thousands Evacuated from Afghanistan
    September 2, 2021

    Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have confirmed that 34 unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan currently in the United States were among the approximately 123,000 Afghan nationals evacuated from Afghanistan last month. With more Afghan children expected to arrive in the United States, their future and what awaits them is unclear. An […] The post Unaccompanied Minors Among Thousands Evacuated from Afghanistan appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • President Biden is Overseeing a Historic Decline in Legal Immigration
    August 31, 2021

    The Biden administration predicts that it will fail to issue many of the legal permanent resident visas—also known as green cards—allotted this year for immigrants who have been sponsored by a U.S. employer or family member. The State Department estimates that roughly 100,000 visas for employment-based immigrants and 150,000 visas for family-based immigrants will go […] The post President Biden is Overseeing a Historic Decline in Legal Immigration appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]