Immigration Council News

  • Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’...
    03/22/2019

    In an exhaustive report  on the immigration court system, the American Bar Association (ABA) called on Congress to make sweeping changes in order to fix a system “on the brink of collapse.” According to the ABA, the immigration courts—which currently face backlogs of over […]

  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive...
    03/21/2019

    Immigrants with even minor, dated criminal convictions will now be placed in mandatory detention without the possibility of a bond hearing—even if they have already served their time and been previously released. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Nielsen v. Preap this week. A […]

  • Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired...
    03/21/2019

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark piece of legislation that was the first to offer clear protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is up for reauthorization this year. The law has been instrumental in providing protections for immigrants who have faced this […]

  • Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would...
    03/19/2019

    The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and […]

  • An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More...
    03/18/2019

    More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the […]

  • Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose...
    03/15/2019

    Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful […]

  • Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite...
    03/13/2019

    In recent weeks, alarming stories have surfaced indicating that thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents at the southern border than originally thought. In response to this and earlier reports that the government had begun separating parents as early as 2017, the American […]

  • After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on...
    03/12/2019

    After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress averted a second government shutdown last month by reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget—a budget which gave President Trump very little of his border demands. Undeterred, the president made a budget request for the […]

  • Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now...
    03/11/2019

    Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland […]

  • America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the...
    03/08/2019

    A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. […]

  • DHS Secretary Denies Responsibility for Family...
    03/07/2019

    In a combative hearing before Congress on Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified for the first time since Democrats became the majority in the House of Representatives. During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Nielsen refused to admit […]

  • Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa...
    03/06/2019

    Family reunification has long been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policies. Yet, last year when the administration made changes to guidance around “public charge”—a policy that many consider an economic litmus test for who can come to or stay in the U.S.—advocates […]

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