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“Listening” Over Turkey 2017

November 21, 2017 - 14:24

Each year at Thanksgiving, Immigration Impact publishes a post about how to “talk turkey” on immigration. We’ve done it for several years to provide our readers with tips on how to talk about immigration at the dinner table without inflaming friends and family, and otherwise turning a warm family gathering into a political food fight. […]

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USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

November 17, 2017 - 15:05

When a slowdown with the U.S. Postal Service caused over 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications to arrive after the October 5 deadline, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said there was nothing it could do—the rejection was final. But in a reversal announced on Wednesday night, USCIS will now allow applicants to […]

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Deputizing More Local Cops to Target Immigrants Will Erode Public Safety

November 16, 2017 - 13:29

In a sweeping effort to increase local law enforcement’s role in immigration enforcement, the Trump administration is preparing to increase the number of officers who are authorized to act as federal immigration enforcers through additional 287(g) agreements. These agreements are named for the provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that authorizes the agency to […]

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Asylum Seekers Are Being Systematically Turned Away at the U.S.-Mexico Border

November 15, 2017 - 17:52

It is an egregious, well-documented reality that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently turns away people seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. But new evidence presented to a federal district court on Monday shows that CBP’s practice of blocking access to asylum—through the use of misrepresentations about the asylum process, threats, abuse, and […]

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DACA Termination Affects Thousands on a Daily Basis

November 14, 2017 - 17:39

In the months following the government’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, more than 8,500 young immigrants have already lost their protection from deportation. Without DACA, immigrants who have been in the country since they were children lose protections that have enabled them to live, work, study, and contribute to […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

November 13, 2017 - 17:22

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

November 9, 2017 - 16:05

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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Trump’s Nominee for DHS Secretary Commits to Continuing Kelly’s Legacy on Immigration Enforcement

November 8, 2017 - 16:00

The nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, had her confirmation hearing before senators on Wednesday, during which she promised to largely carry on the legacy of her predecessor, General John Kelly. This included limiting President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Echoing […]

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How Immigrants Helped Boost American Jobs in the Midwest

November 7, 2017 - 16:42

At a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies seem to be growing, immigrants in the United States continue to do what they have done for over a century—bring unique and vital experiences to the country that support our economy and society. States in the Rust Belt region of the United States, for example, owe much […]

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TPS for Nicaragua Ends and Honduras Decision Still Pending

November 6, 2017 - 21:46

Tonight, the Department of Homeland Security ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua. This decision means 5,300 Nicaraguan nationals will lose their temporary status to live and work in this country, despite the fact that many have lived lawfully here for nearly 20 years. The effective date of the termination of TPS for Nicaragua will […]

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How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

November 6, 2017 - 17:12

It has been well established for decades that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, immigrants who have committed no violent offense are often subjected to a different kind of violence doled out by the U.S. immigration-enforcement system. Young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United […]

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The Fate of Hundreds of Thousands of TPS Recipients to Be Decided

November 3, 2017 - 08:28

Thousands of immigrants living and working in the United States are poised to learn whether their temporary immigration status will be extended or terminated in the coming days. The 300,000 nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and Nicaragua, who have been permitted to live in the United States for many years because their countries were […]

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Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

November 2, 2017 - 08:00

Border apprehensions, which is the main indicator used to examine how many people are attempting to enter the United States are at record lows not seen since the 1970s. A September report released by the Department of Homeland Security also indicates the U.S.-Mexico border is now more secure than ever before. Yet despite these trends, […]

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How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

November 1, 2017 - 15:29

Americans value diversity and family. That is why our immigration system generally reflects those values. The U.S. diversity visa lottery, which was enshrined into law in 1990, was created to encourage legal immigration to the U.S. from countries other than those where immigrants usually migrate from, thus creating a greater diversity in our immigration pool. […]

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Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

October 31, 2017 - 15:51

In a sweeping decision, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) could not continue to prevent approximately 2,000 noncitizen Army Reserve soldiers from applying for citizenship. The case centers on the treatment of noncitizen soldiers who benefited from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. MAVNI, established in 2008, […]

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How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

October 30, 2017 - 14:00

Much has been said about Rosa María Hernández, the latest target of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the responsibility and authorization to enforce the immigration laws against those inside the United States without authorization. However, the government’s choice to target a ten-year old girl with cerebral palsy on […]

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Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

October 27, 2017 - 14:51

With its current refugee ban formally expiring, this week the Trump administration announced it will resume the U.S. Refugee Admissions program—with one major caveat: refugees from 11 countries are generally barred from the country for an additional 90-day period. Although the administration did not name the 11 countries subject to additional review, they appear to […]

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New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

October 26, 2017 - 17:15

In a major reversal of longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created new and unnecessary hurdles for employers and foreign employees temporarily working in the United States. In the past, USCIS followed a streamlined approach when employers filed petition extensions. Now, USCIS officers will be encouraged to redetermine every petition extension as […]

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Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

October 25, 2017 - 16:28

  The United States is currently home to an estimated 325,000 individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of specifically designated countries that are facing an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Combined, more than 90 percent of these beneficiaries, or TPS holders, are from […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

October 24, 2017 - 17:47

The Trump administration’s pick for the next Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for a confirmation hearing. Senators peppered the nominee with questions about how he would lead the largest law enforcement agency in the United States and his work in […]

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