Immigration Council News

  • Want to Hire an Immigrant or Refugee? Chambers of...
    09/30/2022

    With job openings at nearly twice as high as the pre-pandemic norm, employers across the country are continuing to struggle to fill open positions and meet workforce needs. But they’re finding a natural ally in an unusual place: chambers of commerce. Chambers are refocusing the conversation […]

  • Study Finds that Reducing Refugee Admissions and...
    09/28/2022

    The number of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries in search of safety abroad has grown dramatically over the past decade. Until recently, the United States was a global leader in admitting refugees and granting asylum to people whose lives are in […]

  • Asylum Seekers Become Political Pawns in...
    09/23/2022

    The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona, and now Florida are playing a cynical political game with the lives of migrants—including many asylum seekers fleeing persecution. Officials in these states are using taxpayer money to ship thousands of migrants to other, Democratic-leaning states and […]

  • The Racist Origins of the Lawsuit Against...
    09/22/2022

    Written by Joseph Meyers, Staff Attorney at the National Immigration Project A group of immigrant advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief in United States v. Texas last week, in which they highlight the unlawful, racist arguments behind Texas and Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden […]

  • Local Communities Commit to Welcoming Immigrant...
    09/19/2022

    Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of Welcoming Week, an initiative organized by Welcoming America that encourages local communities to bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in our collective […]

  • Biden Administration’s New Public Charge Rule...
    09/16/2022

    Three years ago, the Trump administration sent fear throughout immigrant communities across the nation with its Public Charge rule, which functioned as a wealth test for green card applicants. This fear had been amplified by a leaked draft of the rule in 2018, which would have punished intending […]

  • Hispanics in the US: What the Data Reveals About...
    09/14/2022

    This Hispanic Heritage Month, we look at the most recent Census and data to highlight the importance of Hispanics in the United States. For those wondering why Hispanic Heritage Month starts mid-month rather than on the first of September, the Month starts on September 15, coinciding with the […]

  • Biden Administration Close to Reaching Increased...
    09/13/2022

    The Biden administration is close to using all of the employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) allotted for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of August 31, a total of 263,510 employment-based immigrant visas had been used this fiscal […]

  • Immigration Status Will No Longer Be a Barrier...
    09/09/2022

    Written by American Immigration Council staff Leani García Torres and Raul Pinto The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative provides certain young, undocumented immigrants with a renewable two-year work permit. However, this work permit does not always mean DACA recipients can go […]

  • Fact Check: Migrants Aren’t the Ones Smuggling...
    09/07/2022

    There is no doubt that fentanyl is a major problem inside the United States. Over the last decade, rising availability of fentanyl has caused a spike in overdose deaths across the nation. In 2021, almost 90% of opioid overdose deaths were linked to fentanyl. The criminal networks that produce and […]

  • Sikh Asylum Seekers in Arizona Face Religious...
    09/06/2022

    Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been confiscating and not returning the turbans worn by Sikh asylum seekers as part of their religion. Immigrant advocates and members of Congress have pointed out that this practice is discriminatory and violates federal law, as well as the policies of the […]

  • The Economic Impact When International Students...
    08/31/2022

    As hundreds of thousands of students prepare to go back to school this fall, it’s important to consider the outsized role international students play in both campus life and the United States economy. For the 2020 – 2021 academic school year, there were an estimated 914,000 international […]

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