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.

  • ‘I Was Denied Access to the Tent Courts Where Asylum Seekers Are Rushed Through a Sham Process.’
    November 18, 2019

    Nearly 60,000 people seeking asylum in the United States have been returned to Mexico to wait for their U.S. court hearings under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the Remain in Mexico program. Last week, I traveled to South Texas to observe the effects of the Trump administration program firsthand. Those subjected to […] The post ‘I Was Denied Access to the Tent Courts Where Asylum Seekers Are Rushed Through a Sham Process.’ appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Agencies’ Intrusive Searches of Cell Phones, Laptops Are Ruled Unconstitutional
    November 15, 2019

    A federal court ruled this week that sweeping policies permitting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to search personal cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices without reasonable suspicion are unconstitutional. The policies that the court rejected authorized CBP and ICE officers to search the contents of electronic […] The post Immigration Agencies’ Intrusive Searches of Cell Phones, Laptops Are Ruled Unconstitutional appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Proposes Increased Fees for All Immigration-Related Applications
    November 14, 2019

    In a new proposal officially put forward on Thursday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) called for major fee hikes for immigration-related applications. The cost for becoming a citizen would rise above $1,000 for the first time in history. In another first, USCIS proposed a new fee for asylum seekers, which would make the United […] The post USCIS Proposes Increased Fees for All Immigration-Related Applications appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Supreme Court Heard a Major Case on DACA. Here’s What You Need to Know.
    November 13, 2019

    The Supreme Court heard arguments on November 12 in three cases challenging President Trump’s attempted rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The Court’s decision could have far-reaching consequences for DACA recipients and the limits of executive authority when it comes to immigration law and policy. President Obama created the DACA initiative […] The post The Supreme Court Heard a Major Case on DACA. Here’s What You Need to Know. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Poland Enters the US Visa Waiver Program, Signaling a Boost to the Countries’ Relationship
    November 12, 2019

    Poland officially began its participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on November 11. Under the program, Polish nationals can now spend up to 90 days in the United States without first obtaining a visa. Overall, Poland’s entry into the program will benefit tourists and business travelers from Poland, as well as give a […] The post Poland Enters the US Visa Waiver Program, Signaling a Boost to the Countries’ Relationship appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ‘I Have DACA. No Matter What the Supreme Court Decides, I’ll Continue to Build American Communities.’
    November 11, 2019

    On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legality of President Trump’s 2017 rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The court’s decision will impact the ability of nearly 700,000 DACA recipients across the country to continue to live and work in the United States without fear […] The post ‘I Have DACA. No Matter What the Supreme Court Decides, I’ll Continue to Build American Communities.’ appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS’ Denial Rates for H-1B Petitions Have Quadrupled
    November 8, 2019

    The Trump administration, acting through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is disrupting the process by which U.S. employers obtain work authorization for highly skilled foreign professionals. According to a report from the National Foundation for American Policy, these changes are affecting how often H-1B petitions are denied and the length of time it takes […] The post USCIS’ Denial Rates for H-1B Petitions Have Quadrupled appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

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