Facts: Immigration Law & Policy

There has been alarming attacks on immigrants and refugees from the Trump administration. This page provides brief background on what's going on in the world of federal immigration policy by the American Immigration Council's Immigration Impact. You can also follow us on Twitter for breaking news on rapid changes to Immigration law and policy.

  • USCIS is Preventing Asylum Seekers from Bringing Their Own Interpreters to Interviews
    September 29, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a new temporary rule preventing affirmative asylum seekers—who request asylum while already physically present in the United States— from bringing their own interpreters to asylum interviews. Instead, the government will provide free telephonic interpretation in 47 languages. The agency says the measure is intended to limit the […] The post USCIS is Preventing Asylum Seekers from Bringing Their Own Interpreters to Interviews appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Proposed Student Visa Restrictions Would Disproportionately Impact African Nations
    September 28, 2020

    For generations, international students pursuing their studies in the United States have been permitted to remain in the country for the duration of their studies. This helps to guarantee that they are able to complete their degrees before having to depart the country. But under a new proposal put forward on September 25 by the […] The post Proposed Student Visa Restrictions Would Disproportionately Impact African Nations appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Proposed 15-Day Filing Rule for Asylum Seekers Is Designed to Be Impossible
    September 24, 2020

    The Trump administration has spent most of the year trying to destroy asylum law—and the blows keep coming. On Sept. 23, the Department of Justice proposed yet another regulation aimed at certain asylum seekers that would stop all but the lucky few from receiving protections. How the Rule Would Affect Asylum Seekers Under the new […] The post Proposed 15-Day Filing Rule for Asylum Seekers Is Designed to Be Impossible appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy on Immigration
    September 23, 2020

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce champion of progressive rights and the second woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, died on Sept. 18, 2020. Long recognized as a staunch advocate for women’s rights, Justice Ginsburg leaves behind a legacy on immigration that shows her vision for justice did not end with her work on […] The post Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy on Immigration appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Demand for U.S. Visas Will Drop for Years to Come in the Aftermath of the Pandemic
    September 23, 2020

    The Trump administration continues to express belief that the coronavirus “will go away”—but the U.S. State Department does not seem to agree. In a recent memo signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the administration highlights a sharp decrease in the demand for U.S. visas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The memo anticipates that international […] The post The Demand for U.S. Visas Will Drop for Years to Come in the Aftermath of the Pandemic appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 3 Reasons Why Cities Should Not Sign 287(g) Agreements With ICE
    September 21, 2020

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expanding its power in Florida, where more than one out of every five residents in the state is an immigrant. The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) recently announced that it  has signed a 287(g) agreement with ICE. The 287(g) program allows local and state police officers to collaborate […] The post 3 Reasons Why Cities Should Not Sign 287(g) Agreements With ICE appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Violates the Fourth Amendment When It Detains People Without Probable Cause, Court Rules
    September 18, 2020

    A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Fourth Amendment requires a neutral decisionmaker to review the detention of anyone held based on an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer. The decision came after ICE attempted to detain an American citizen without probable cause and flagged him as eligible for deportation from the United […] The post ICE Violates the Fourth Amendment When It Detains People Without Probable Cause, Court Rules appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

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