Immigration Law

    • 3 Aug 2020

    Military-Style Raid in AZ: Border Patrol Detains 30+ People Receiving Care at Humanitarian Aid Station

    No More Deaths, Aug. 1, 2020 "Arivaca, AZ: Around sunset on July 31st, US Border Patrol raided No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp, detaining over thirty people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from the 100+ degree heat. In a massive show of force, Border Patrol, along with BORTAC, descended on the camp with an armored vehicle, three ATVS, two helicopters, and an estimated...
    • 1 Aug 2020

    USCIS Caves on Public Charge...For Now

    USCIS, July 31, 2020 "On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule for any period during which there is a...
    • 31 Jul 2020

    Dismantling and Reconstructing the U.S. Immigration System: A Catalog of Changes under the Trump Presidency

    Sarah Pierce and Jessica Bolter, MPI, July 2020 "Through bold, sweeping changes as well as less-noted technical adjustments, the Trump administration has dramatically reshaped the U.S. immigration system since entering office in January 2017. Now well into its fourth year, the administration has undertaken more than 400 executive actions on immigration, spanning everything from border and interior enforcement,...
    • 30 Jul 2020

    Migratory Notes 174 (July 30, 2020)

    Migratory Notes 174 (July 30, 2020) - ‘Chilling message;’ au pairs’ choice; TikTok papis...and much, much more!
    • 30 Jul 2020

    The State of Black Immigrants

    BAJI, NYU Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, Jan. 2020 "Just as African-Americans suffer disproportionately high arrest, prosecution and incarceration rates, so too are Black immigrants. This occurs despite no evidence that they engage in more criminalized activities in comparison to any other racial group. Black immigrants are also disproportionately impacted by the compounding impact of the immigration enforcement...
    • 30 Jul 2020

    NILC on Public Charge Injunctions

    NILC, July 29, 2020 "Today, a Manhattan federal court issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “public charge” rules. An injunction issued against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prevents DHS from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the “public charge” rule for any period during which there is a declared...
    • 29 Jul 2020

    Impending USCIS Furloughs Will Contribute to a Historic Drop in U.S. Immigration Levels: MPI

    Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Kira Olsen-Medina, MPI, July 28, 2020 "In one of the largest ever furloughs by a single government agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) leadership has announced its intent to temporarily lay off 70 percent of the agency’s staff beginning August 30, citing budget issues. The move would dramatically slow the adjudication of a long list of immigration...
    • 28 Jul 2020

    Trump: USCIS Will NOT Accept New DACA Applcations

    Steve Holland, Reuters, July 28, 2020 "The administration plans to continue its existing policy of not accepting new DACA applicants, a policy in place since 2017, the official told Reuters."
    • 28 Jul 2020

    "USCIS Has the Money"

    "USCIS has the money, is asking for more money, and is raising it fees all at once, yet it refuses to do its job and keep its employees working and the immigration system operable." Statement of Sharvari Dalal-Dheini Director, Government Relations, American Immigration Lawyers Association Submitted to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship “Oversight of U.S...
    • 28 Jul 2020

    Recruiting for the Future: A Realistic Road to a Points-Tested Visa Program in the United States

    Stephen Yale-Loehr and Mackenzie Eason, July 2020 "For over 40 years, lawmakers and academics have been debating whether the United States should adopt a merit or skills-based approach to labor immigration and a points-based program for selecting foreign workers. Despite having bipartisan support, efforts to adopt such a program thus far have been unsuccessful. This idea is now back at the center of public debate...
    • 27 Jul 2020

    Webinar Today! Recruiting for the Future: A Realistic Road to a Points-Tested Visa Program in the U.S.

    Cornell Law School, Immigration Law and Policy Program, July 27, 2020 RECRUITING FOR THE FUTURE: A REALISTIC ROAD TO A POINTS-TESTED VISA PROGRAM IN THE U.S. Time: July 27, 2020, 1 p.m. EST Registration: "Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr of Cornell Law School and his coauthor Mackenzie Eason will unveil “Recruiting for the Future: A Realistic...
    • 27 Jul 2020

    Income Inequality, Immigration Status and COVID-19 Threaten Historic Colorado Town

    Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio, July 23, 2020 "Leadville, along with the rest of Colorado’s tourist-reliant mountain communities, was hit hard by the closure of ski resorts and restrictions on travel within the state, which kept recreationists away. Because of long-standing economic inequities rooted in immigration status, that pain has been especially acute in the nearby mobile home parks, home to...
    • 27 Jul 2020

    Migratory Notes 173 (July 23, 2020)

    Migratory Notes 173 (July 23, 2020) - Canada wants US border closed, DHS vs protesters, Climate refugees modeled...and so much more!
    • 27 Jul 2020

    States Sue Trump Over Census Memo

    New York Attorney General Letitia James, July 24, 2020 "New York Attorney General Letitia James today led a large coalition of states, cities, and counties in filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for attempting to, once again, illegally leave millions out of the apportionment base that establishes the number of members in the House of Representatives that each state receives . The lawsuit seeks to stop...
    • 27 Jul 2020

    This is the Best Explainer on Trump's Census Memo

    Prof. Marty Lederman, July 25, 2020 - Trump's Memorandum on Not Counting Undocumented Immigrants for Purposes of House Reapportionment Calculations "Contrary to what you might have read, President Trump’s “Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census,” which he issued [on Tuesday, July 21], doesn’t change the way the Department of Commerce...
    • 25 Jul 2020

    Trump Lawyers Put New DACA Applications "On Hold" a "Bucket"

    Emily Davies, Washington Post, July 24, 2020 "Trump administration officials said during a federal court hearing Friday that they have not “granted nor rejected” any applications for a program designed to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but rather have put them “on hold” as the government discusses the future of the program. ... “Although the applications will...
    • 24 Jul 2020

    Feds Sued Over Trump Census Memo

    Nick Cahill, July 23, 2020 "The city of Atlanta, along with a coalition of nonprofits and naturalized citizens, sued late Thursday to stop President Donald Trump’s plan to exclude undocumented people from the upcoming census. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington D.C., the plaintiffs cast Trump’s unprecedented attempt to change the once-a-decade count used to divvy seats in Congress as racially...
    • 22 Jul 2020

    Attack on Census Not New

    Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, July 21, 2020 "President Trump released a memorandum Tuesday that calls for an unprecedented change to the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the country — the exclusion of unauthorized immigrants from the numbers used to divide up seats in Congress among the states. The memo instructs Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Commerce Department, to include...
    • 21 Jul 2020

    ACLU: Trump Anti-Immigrant Census Memo Unconstitutional

    ACLU, July 21, 2020 "The American Civil Liberties Union calls President Trump’s order seeking to ban immigrants who are undocumented from being counted in the census patently unconstitutional. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project , successfully argued the U.S. Supreme Court case blocking the Trump administration from placing a citizenship question on the 2020 census in its attempt...
    • 20 Jul 2020

    Cyrus Mehta: Extending Visitor Visa Status During COVID-19 and after the Birth Tourism Rule

    Cyrus Mehta, July 20, 2020 "Visitors who have been admitted in B-2 visa status may extend their status while in the United States. Even if a visitor has a multiple entry visa in the passport for a duration of ten years, the visitor is admitted into the US for a more limited time at a port of entry, which is generally a period of six months in B-2 status. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many visitors have sought...
    • 17 Jul 2020

    Hospitals Are Suddenly Short of Young Doctors — Because of Trump’s Visa Ban

    Dara Lind, ProPublica, July 17, 2020 "Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely."
    • 17 Jul 2020

    Migratory Notes 172 (July 16, 2020)

    Migratory Notes 172 (July 16, 2020) - ICE sends virus global, DACA purgatory, avoidable child deaths...and more.
    • 15 Jul 2020

    GAO Report Slams CBP Over Border Deaths, Medical Care of Detainees, Use of Funds

    SOUTHWEST BORDER: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths "Three children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s custody in fiscal year 2019, prompting questions about medical care in the agency’s southwest border facilities. CBP developed health screening policies and received emergency funds to enhance detainees’ medical care. But CBP hasn’t...
    • 14 Jul 2020

    Canada’s Immigration System Increasingly Draws Talent from the United States

    Zachary Arnold, CSET, July 14, 2020 "The number of U.S. residents who advanced through Express Entry, Canada’s flagship skilled immigration program, rose 75% between 2017 and 2019, a much faster rate of growth than for other countries. This growth was entirely due to successful submissions from U.S. noncitizens, which rose at least 128% during this period. In total, from 2017 to 2019, more than 20,000 noncitizen...
    • 14 Jul 2020

    David Isaacson: Proposed Asylum Rule a "Monstrosity"

    David Isaacson, July 14, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (the agency within the Department of Justice that runs the immigration courts) have jointly proposed a new rule entitled “Procedures for Asylum and Withholding of Removal; Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Review” that would drastically change the law in the United States governing applications...