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The Trump Administration Is Separating Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents at the Border

December 11, 2017 - 15:07

An alarming trend along the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated within the last year: the inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the hands of U.S. immigration officials. Not only is this practice deeply traumatic for the families involved, it flies in the face of established U.S. and international law. In response to […]

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Travel Ban 3.0 Developments: What You Should Know

December 8, 2017 - 16:16

The Supreme Court—with a 7-2 vote on Monday—gave the green light to the Trump administration’s third travel ban, allowing it to fully go into effect. In two brief orders, the Supreme Court temporarily lifted injunctions from federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland that had prevented the Trump administration from imposing an indefinite ban on the […]

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Immigrants and Their Children Founded More Than Two-Fifths of All Fortune 500 Companies

December 7, 2017 - 12:38

The modern U.S. economy owes much of its success to the contributions of immigrants and their children. Among these contributions, it would be difficult to overstate the value of entrepreneurship. For instance, a new report from the Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE) analyzes the role of immigrants and their children in 2017’s list of Fortune […]

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DHS: Immigration Arrests Inside the U.S. Spiked While Border Crossings Dropped to Record Lows

December 6, 2017 - 16:40

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has publicly released immigration enforcement data for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which shows that apprehensions at the border are at their lowest levels in over 45 years, while arrests in the interior of the country have increased. The data for FY 2017 covers the final four months of the […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

December 5, 2017 - 16:43

This afternoon, the United States Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Secretary, she will oversee an ever-growing agency which includes the enforcement and services functions of immigration, airport security, disaster relief, the Secret Service, and more. During her confirmation hearing, Nielsen largely committed to carrying […]

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Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

December 4, 2017 - 17:33

A growing coalition is voicing its support for finding a permanent, legislative solution for the young immigrants thrown into limbo with the recent termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. With more and more Dreamers losing their status by the day, a groundswell of support is forming to create a fix by […]

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Judge Rules That Foreign Entrepreneurs Can Come to the United States to Grow Their Businesses

December 1, 2017 - 19:37

Foreign entrepreneurs who want to build innovative companies in the United States received good news on Friday, when federal judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), entrepreneurs, and startup companies on September 19, 2017. Represented by the American Immigration […]

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As DHS Ends TPS for Haiti, a Pattern Emerges. What Comes Next?

November 30, 2017 - 15:51

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it would be ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. 50,000 Haitians, along with hundreds of thousands of nationals from other countries, now face an uncertain future which could result in deportation to a country struggling to recover from an onslaught of environmental challenges. It […]

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Judge Grants Temporary Reprieve From Deportation to Indonesians Fearing Religious Persecution

November 29, 2017 - 17:34

After being lured to participate in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiative that promised a reprieve from deportation, 51 Indonesian nationals suddenly were at risk for removal once again when the government agency decided to abruptly terminate the program. But on Monday, a federal district court judge in Boston ruled to extend her prior […]

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As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

November 28, 2017 - 16:24

In the face of heightened threats around immigration enforcement, communities are taking action to ensure due process for their undocumented community members. These rapid response efforts are being undertaken by a growing network of community members—from students to salesmen to social workers—who are volunteering to witness arrests conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. […]

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Senate Releases Homeland Security Funding Bill as Battle Over the Dream Act Looms

November 27, 2017 - 17:44

With the deadline for government funding fast approaching, the Senate Appropriations Committee finally released its draft version of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) funding bill—and Congress is feeling the pressure. Not only does Congress need to pass a bill by December 8 to keep the government open, but some Democrats are willing to withhold […]

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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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