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.

  • Court Orders ICE to End Its Practice of Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth
    July 6, 2020

    Immigrant children who arrive in the United States without a parent are placed in shelters or foster care while their guardianship and immigration process play out. But all too often, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes them away as soon as they turn 18 and locks them in an adult detention facility. However, a […] The post Court Orders ICE to End Its Practice of Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Hasn’t Approved a Single Person for Liberian Legalization Program
    July 2, 2020

    A program created in late 2019 to allow certain Liberian noncitizens in the United States to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs) is falling far short of its potential, according to a new report. The program in question is Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 […] The post USCIS Hasn’t Approved a Single Person for Liberian Legalization Program appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Strikes Down Trump’s Asylum Transit Ban in Momentous Victory
    July 1, 2020

    On June 30, a federal judge in the District of Columbia struck down the Trump administration’s asylum transit ban, ending a sweeping policy that had shut down asylum for most people entering the United States at the southern border. The court’s decisive action could not have come soon enough, as the rule has been in […] The post Federal Court Strikes Down Trump’s Asylum Transit Ban in Momentous Victory appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Inspector General Report Overlooks Serious Medical Care Issues Within Border Patrol Custody
    June 30, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a report analyzing U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of noncitizens at the border in 2019. While the report critiques the agency for not meeting its own standards, it also allows CBP to avoid meaningful accountability for numerous failures in meeting the […] The post Inspector General Report Overlooks Serious Medical Care Issues Within Border Patrol Custody appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Court-Ordered Release of Children May Lead to Family Separation
    June 29, 2020

    Federal Judge Dolly Gee has ordered that children held for more than 20 days at U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) family detention centers must be released. The order was the latest development in Judge Gee’s oversight of the Flores Settlement, a decades-old binding decree governing the detention and treatment of immigrant children in government […] The post Court-Ordered Release of Children May Lead to Family Separation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Supreme Court Limits Court Oversight for Fast-Track Deportations  
    June 26, 2020

    The Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that certain asylum seekers forced through a fast-track deportation process at the U.S. border, called “expedited removal,” cannot challenge their deportations in federal court. Foreclosing a critical way to challenge these error-prone deportation orders leaves people even more vulnerable to abuse by immigration authorities. In Department of Homeland […] The post Supreme Court Limits Court Oversight for Fast-Track Deportations   appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE and CBP Agents Were Deployed at Black Lives Matter Protests
    June 25, 2020

    People have taken to the streets across the country to protest the murder of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. This exercise of First Amendment rights has been met with a militarized response—including the deployment of Homeland Security personnel and technology. The presence of immigration enforcement agencies at peaceful […] The post ICE and CBP Agents Were Deployed at Black Lives Matter Protests appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

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