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  • The Senate Reveals CBP Violated the Law by Rounding Up Migrants — In Guatemala
    October 19, 2020

    As the Trump administration cracked down on migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, it has often invoked the concept of “national sovereignty” to justify drastic policy changes. But a new Senate report reveals that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) itself violated the sovereignty of another nation. Agents deployed to Guatemala in January in partnership with […] The post The Senate Reveals CBP Violated the Law by Rounding Up Migrants — In Guatemala appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Border Patrol is Going After Humanitarian Aid in the Arizona Desert—Again
    October 15, 2020

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched another military-style raid on a humanitarian aid station in the Arizona desert, close to the U.S.-Mexico border. On October 5, Border Patrol agents and CBP’s para-military arm Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) descended on the aid camp. They charged in with assault rifles, an armored vehicle, ATVs, a […] The post Border Patrol is Going After Humanitarian Aid in the Arizona Desert—Again appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Deported Cameroonian Immigrants Despite Protests and Congressional Intervention
    October 14, 2020

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported a flight of approximately 100 African asylum seekers to their home countries, where they could face immediate arrest and death. Many of the Cameroonian and Congolese immigrants had protested their detention and spoken out about abuses in U.S. custody. ICE went forward with the deportations on October 13 […] The post ICE Deported Cameroonian Immigrants Despite Protests and Congressional Intervention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Department of Justice Eliminates Diversity and Inclusion Training for All Immigration Judges
    October 13, 2020

    At a time when tensions over race in the United States are high, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in an October 8 memo that it will cancel all diversity and inclusion trainings for its staff of over 115,000 people. The decision could have a particularly devastating impact on the U.S. immigration court system. […] The post Department of Justice Eliminates Diversity and Inclusion Training for All Immigration Judges appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Indigenous People Face Persistent Language Access Challenges in Immigration Detention
    October 12, 2020

    The effort to permanently replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day signifies a growing movement to honor the resilience and history of indigenous communities. The day presents an opportunity to learn more about the native communities who were here long before the violent arrival of Christopher Columbus. It is also a chance to reflect on […] The post Indigenous People Face Persistent Language Access Challenges in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Restrictions on Foreign Workers Will Hurt America’s Recovery From COVID-19
    October 8, 2020

    The Trump administration issued two rules October 8 that, if not overturned, will further restrict legal immigration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the first rule, which only applies to H-1B workers. This rule further limits an employer’s ability to demonstrate that its job is in a “specialty occupation.” The other rule—issued by the […] The post Restrictions on Foreign Workers Will Hurt America’s Recovery From COVID-19 appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS’ Changes to ‘Affidavit of Support’ Make It Harder for Americans to Sponsor Immigrant Family Members
    October 7, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a rule that would make it much more difficult for U.S. citizens and legal immigrants—especially those experiencing financial hardship—to sponsor family members for green cards. If the rule goes into effect, the process of family-based immigration will become even more cumbersome and restrictive. The proposed rule—published in the […] The post USCIS’ Changes to ‘Affidavit of Support’ Make It Harder for Americans to Sponsor Immigrant Family Members appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Congress Expands Premium Processing to Help Cash-Strapped USCIS
    October 6, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suffered a budget crisis partially of its own doing and partially due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Although the agency did not need to go through with planned furloughs, Congress has nevertheless acted to provide the agency with a new way to raise money through the expansion of […] The post Congress Expands Premium Processing to Help Cash-Strapped USCIS appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigrants Detained in California Win the Right to Sue Private Prison Companies
    October 5, 2020

    The multibillion-dollar private prison industry that operates immigration detention facilities—forcibly detaining tens of thousands of men, women and children—has come increasingly under fire in past weeks. California Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill allowing detained immigrants to sue private prison companies for failing to meet minimum standards of care outlined in the facilities’ contracts in […] The post Immigrants Detained in California Win the Right to Sue Private Prison Companies appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Judge Limits Trump Administration’s Foreign Worker Ban
    October 2, 2020

    On October 1, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop enforcing parts of a presidential proclamation that banned many foreign workers from entering the United States. The court found that the president likely did not have the authority to issue the ban. Who does the ruling impact? The decision, in National Association of […] The post Federal Judge Limits Trump Administration’s Foreign Worker Ban appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]