Immigration Council News

  • Leaked Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions in...
    01/14/2022

    New leaked photos of Border Patrol stations in Yuma, Arizona show Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) inhumane treatment of people apprehended at the border— revealing that years of overcrowded, unsanitary, and cruel conditions continue despite multiple deaths, legal challenges, and the Biden […]

  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments Addressing the...
    01/12/2022

    Written by Caroline Walters and Kate Melloy Goettel  This week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two related immigration cases. Each asks whether certain noncitizens are entitled to bond hearings before a judge after the government has detained them for a prolonged amount of time. The […]

  • New Documents Reveal Details About Border...
    01/11/2022

    As the border has become harder to cross over the last few years, smugglers have increasingly turned to the use of vehicles to smuggle migrants. But along with this rise has come an increase in Border Patrol chases when smugglers attempt to flee—and a significant jump in deadly crashes. Newly […]

  • Concerns Grow Over Denials of Afghan Humanitarian...
    01/07/2022

    As the United States hastily withdrew its military presence from Afghanistan in August 2021, it began Operation Allies Welcome, a program designed to assist the tens of thousands of Afghans who successfully fled Afghanistan as the Taliban took control. Many of these individuals had previously […]

  • Substance Abuse, Criminal Charges, and Death:...
    01/05/2022

    National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border face a grim reality, with their deployments plagued by substance abuse problems and discontent. Eight troops have committed suicide or died as part of a series of deployments along the border within the last year. New reports from the Army […]

  • Immigration Detention and Enforcement Are a Mixed...
    12/17/2021

    Immigration detention and enforcement in the United States under the first year of the Biden administration has been a mixture of improvements and setbacks. The Trump administration implemented nearly 400 changes to interior enforcement with the goal of subjecting all undocumented immigrants to […]

  • New Memo to Immigration Judges Reaffirms...
    12/17/2021

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a memorandum last month providing guidance to immigration judges about administrative closure—a critical tool for docket management and addressing an ever-growing immigration court backlog. EOIR Director David Neal issued the memo in […]

  • Collaboration Between the FBI and CBP Led to...
    12/15/2021

    By Katy Murdza and Rebekah Wolf, American Immigration Council staff Collaboration between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has led to increased surveillance of Arab and Muslim immigrants, particularly at our borders. This is not necessarily tied […]

  • Biden’s Border Ambitions Fall Short in a Year...
    12/14/2021

    President Biden took office committing to unwind Trump’s border policies and go in a new direction—to reunite families, restore access to asylum, and reverse “policies enacted over the last 4 years that contravened our values and caused needless human suffering.” Despite a strong start in […]

  • The Immigration Policy Successes and Failures of...
    12/08/2021

    The Biden administration has—in its first year—rolled back many of the worst discriminatory policies implemented by the Trump administration that targeted non-U.S. citizens. But much work remains to be done. The U.S. immigration system and the refugee program are still plagued by dysfunction […]

  • Justices Consider the Limits of Judicial Review...
    12/07/2021

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Monday in a case that raises a critical question of whether a federal court can review a noncitizen’s eligibility for certain types of discretionary immigration relief, or whether that decision rests on the sole determination of a government agency […]

  • Biden Reinstates the ‘Remain in Mexico’...
    12/03/2021

    Following months of negotiations with Mexico, the Biden administration announced that it would reinstate the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (informally known as the “Remain in Mexico” program) on Monday, after a Texas court in August ordered it to reinstate the program. Although the new […]

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