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Thursday, Feb 22 2024

Refugees and Asylum Seekers Generate Billions of Dollars More Than They Cost the U.S. Government

A report released this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that refugees and asylees have generated tens of billions of dollars more in local, state, and federal tax revenues over the last 15 years than they have cost in direct government services—ultimately representing a net fiscal gain at all […]

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Friday, Feb 16 2024

Unlocking America’s Economic Potential: Insights on Immigration from the CBO Budget and Economic Outlook Report

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its latest Budget and Economic Outlook covering the period from 2024 to 2034, outlining fiscal projections for the United States for the next ten years. The report underscores that the deficit is expected to start at $1.6 trillion in fiscal year 2024 and escalate steadily, reaching $2.6 trillion […]

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Friday, Feb 16 2024

USCIS Reduces Its Backlog for the First Time in Years

On February 9, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released data about its progress toward meeting its strategic goals in fiscal year (FY) 2023. For the first time in years, the agency reduced its net backlog, despite having received a record 10.9 million filings. This represents welcome news for an agency which has been under […]

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Friday, Feb 16 2024

DHS Changes H-1B Registration Process to Give Noncitizens an Equal Chance of Selection

Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a final rule that changes H-1B registration selection and makes other changes related to the registration process. Beginning in March 2024, registration selection for the opportunity to file an H-1B petition subject to the annual “cap” on H-1B visa numbers will be “beneficiary […]

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Friday, Feb 09 2024

USCIS Finalizes Increase in Fees for Immigration-Related Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finalized its long-awaited fee rule on January 31, which impacts the filing costs for almost all the agency’s applications. The new fees will take effect April 1, 2024. The agency’s fee increases significantly impact the cost for family-based and employment-based applications and petitions. In addition, USCIS is charging a […]

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Friday, Feb 09 2024

Data Snapshot: The Number of Black Immigrants in the US Continues to Rise

By Karen Aho and Quinn Bankson Black immigrants not only contribute to America’s rich political and cultural history—think rapper Wyclef Jean, U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, or basketball’s Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, to name but a very few—they also play an important and growing role in our economy, making outsize contributions in industries facing critical worker […]

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Wednesday, Feb 07 2024

Senate Deal Would Significantly Transform Border Policy

The “Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024” was released on February 4. For months, a bipartisan group of senators negotiated the compromise bill, which proposes significant changes to asylum and border policy to release billions in foreign military aid. The $118 billion bill would provide the president a new emergency expulsion authority that would […]

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Friday, Feb 02 2024

ICE Subjected Immigrants in Detention to Unnecessary Surgeries, Report Finds

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (OIG) published a report last month finding that nearly one-third of medical procedures performed on immigrants in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody were not properly authorized. The report found that ICE improperly authorized 32% of major surgeries performed on individuals in […]

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Wednesday, Jan 31 2024

A Shortage of Immigration Lawyers Is Another Barrier to Integration for Immigrants

Immigrants are now far more likely to face the complexities of the immigration court system alone, without an attorney. As of December 2023, only 30% of immigrants with pending cases have secured representation, down from 65% just four years ago.   This new data comes from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). On January […]

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Friday, Jan 26 2024

200 Immigration-Related Bills Have Already Been Introduced in State Legislatures in 2024

Amid inaction from the federal government on immigration policy and growing calls for action from localities, some state legislatures are taking a proactive role in welcoming immigrants and refugees. Once again, states are leading the way on immigration policy in the U.S. Despite being less than a month into the 2024 state legislative cycle, state […]

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Tuesday, Jan 23 2024

Biden Administration Can Remove Texas’ Razor Wire Barrier at the Border, Supreme Court Rules

Buoy barriers with chainsaw devices in the Rio Grande river. Coils of concertina wire along the riverbank. Armored Humvees blocking access roads. Piles of dirt rendering gates unusable. Governor Greg Abbott’s cruel attempts to booby trap the Texas border to prevent U.S. Border Patrol agents from reaching migrants might be considered comical, if not for […]

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Friday, Jan 19 2024

Naturalization Helps Immigrants and the United States Reach Full Potential

By Karen Aho, Consultant and Anna Shepperson, Research Associate When Sri Lankan business analyst Dinesh Prabaharan became a U.S. citizen in December of 2023, he expressed his gratitude at finally being able to call America his home “without restriction.” “As newly minted citizens,” he added, “we not only have a duty, but the unique privilege […]

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Friday, Jan 19 2024

ICE Will Be Required to Wear Body Cameras in a Win for Transparency—But the Implementation Will Be Key

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a policy on January 12 calling for ICE personnel to wear body cameras in most situations when carrying out enforcement duties. According to ICE Deputy Director Patrick J. Lechleitner, the move is designed to build public trust by enhancing “accountability, effectiveness, and transparency in [ICE’s] law enforcement tactics.” […]

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Thursday, Jan 18 2024

New EOIR Memo Updates Protections for Children in Immigration Court

A new memo issued last month by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) lays out improved guidelines for immigration court cases involving children. The memo is a welcome acknowledgment that children in removal proceedings are navigating a system created for adults and therefore need special protection. The guidelines apply to all immigration court cases […]

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Thursday, Jan 18 2024

Biden v. Texas – A Legal Showdown on the Southern Border Wages On 

Written by Chelsie Kramer, Texas State Organizer and Emma Winger, Deputy Legal Director  Texas is once again making national headlines after a woman and two children drowned in the Rio Grande while attempting to cross the river on January 12. The horrific event is just the latest in a long stream of intensifying disputes about […]

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Thursday, Jan 11 2024

State Department Extends Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waivers Indefinitely

The State Department announced an update to its discretionary interview waiver policy for nonimmigrant visa applicants on December 21, 2023. It replaces the temporary policies in place for almost three years. Most importantly, the State Department made this a standing policy that will be reviewed annually, which will decrease uncertainty for many stakeholders. Interview waivers […]

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Friday, Dec 15 2023

SCOTUS to Decide When Courts Can Review Decisions about Immigration Relief… Again

Families are complicated. Especially during the holidays, that’s something we can all agree on. But most of us can’t – or will never have to – imagine being forcibly separated from our closest relatives because an overworked immigration judge (IJ) misapplied a legal standard in deciding whether someone is entitled to stay in the United […]

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Wednesday, Dec 13 2023

White House Leans Into Trump-Era Immigration Policy Changes to Get Ukraine Aid

The Biden administration signaled on December 12 that it is willing to make disastrous—and permanent—changes to asylum and immigration policy to obtain temporary military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. Top White House officials reportedly met with some of the key Senate negotiators, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

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Friday, Dec 08 2023

States Facing Worker Shortages Are Helping Migrants Secure Employment with New Resource Clinics

Many migrants, after being released from government custody, resettle in interior communities. These individuals and families often need immediate support in the form of housing, food, and clothing, frequently lack documentation from their country of origin, and have limited understanding of their immigration status in the United States. Many come ready and eager to work. […]

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Friday, Dec 01 2023

Lawsuits Prompt Immigration Agencies to Publish Critical Documents in Their FOIA Libraries

Last September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed to publish past versions of the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Impact Assessments on CBP One, the app that allows asylum seekers to schedule inspection appointments, among other functions. CBP agreed to post these documents in the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library. Agencies’ FOIA libraries—or […]

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