Immigration Council News

  • The Federal Government Is Cutting Aid for Migrant...
    04/09/2024

    After months of contentious debate and near government shutdowns, Congress approved appropriations for fiscal year 2024, which President Biden quickly signed into law. The spending package contains several important immigration-related appropriations and provisions. Alarmingly, however, $150 […]

  • FY 2024 Government Funding Package Is a Mixed-Bag...
    04/09/2024

    President Biden signed the final 6-bill “minibus” funding package for fiscal year (FY) 2024 on March 23, which includes funding for the agencies that implement our immigration laws. This was the culmination of months of negotiations mired by attempts to insert restrictive border and immigration […]

  • STEM-Related Petitions Increase Following...
    03/29/2024

    A recent analysis by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) found that the number of petitions by, or on behalf of, foreign-born workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) increased following a pair of guidance clarifications the agency made in January […]

  • Border Patrol and Ohio Law Enforcement Engage in...
    03/27/2024

    By Gwen Short, Staff Attorney at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Raul Pinto, Deputy Director of Transparency at the American Immigration Council ABLE and the American Immigration Council published a report on March 19 analyzing data suggesting that the collusion between U.S. Border Patrol […]

  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Judicial Review...
    03/25/2024

    The Supreme Court issued an important victory for noncitizens seeking cancellation of removal and the principle of judicial review of agency action on March 19. And despite the current court’s tenuous regard for stare decisis – the idea that “today’s Court should stand by yesterday’s […]

  • District Court in Texas Allows CHNV Parole...
    03/15/2024

    On March 8, a federal district court in Texas dismissed a challenge to a parole program set up by the Biden administration to allow 30,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans to enter the United States legally each month, known as the CHNV parole program, allowing the program to stay in […]

  • Differences in State Sunshine Laws Can Threaten...
    03/15/2024

    By Tsion Gurmu, Legal Director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Raul Pinto, Deputy Legal Director of Transparency The main way in which the public can access information about what the federal government is doing is through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, laws that […]

  • Despite Progress, the Tragedy of Family...
    03/13/2024

    Six years ago, a man came to the U.S./Mexico border with his five-year-old daughter, looking for safety in the United States.   At home, a rival political faction had been making death threats against him and his family. That compelled him to take his daughter to the United States to seek asylum […]

  • Showdown Between Texas Authorities and the...
    03/08/2024

    By Kate Melloy Goettel and Juan Avilez  A Texas law that allows local law enforcement to arrest migrants, state court judges to issue removal orders, and state officials to remove migrants to Mexico, is on its way to the Supreme Court.   Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which was signed into law in […]

  • On International Women’s Day, We Celebrate the...
    03/08/2024

    Since its conception in 1977, International Women’s Day has evolved into a global celebration highlighting women’s achievements and the challenges they face. The holiday’s origins can be traced back to the women’s suffrage and labor movements in the early 20th century – predominantly […]

  • USCIS Announces Re-parole for Ukrainians
    03/07/2024

    Since Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022, the U.S. has provided certain Ukrainians with temporary authorization, or parole, to remain in the country. However, multiple agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), have been […]

  • New Americans in Houston Report Launched at...
    03/06/2024

    A new research report, New Americans in Houston: A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the Houston Metro Area, released by the American Immigration Council, underscores the crucial role immigrants play in the Houston metro area’s economy. The report was […]

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