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.

  • Two Years After Zero Tolerance, More Revelations About the Failures of Family Separation
    April 2, 2020

    Nearly two years after the “zero tolerance” policy was announced, evidence condemning the practice and implementation of family separation continues to mount. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) further criticizes the way officials handled the separations. The height of family separations occurred in the spring and summer of 2018 but the […] The post Two Years After Zero Tolerance, More Revelations About the Failures of Family Separation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • It’s Time to Close the Immigration Courts
    April 1, 2020

    As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads and entire states go into quarantine, immigrants and their attorneys are still being forced to gather in cramped immigration courtrooms inside detention centers around the country. These hearings pose an obvious public health risk and run contrary to the government’s own recommendations regarding social distancing during the outbreak. This […] The post It’s Time to Close the Immigration Courts appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Must Release People From Detention to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus
    March 31, 2020

    Social distancing has been mandated in many places throughout the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to detain approximately 38,000 people in close quarters. This conflicts with medical experts’ repeated advice to decrease the detention population. Earlier this month, over 3,000 medical […] The post ICE Must Release People From Detention to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Storytelling During the COVID-19 Crisis Can Help Defeat Nativism
    March 30, 2020

    We are in the midst of a crisis unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. We are scared and scrambling to protect ourselves and the ones that we love. This is normal and understandable. However, if we’re not mindful, the spread of the coronavirus and the accompanying fear could create a shift in American culture […] The post How Storytelling During the COVID-19 Crisis Can Help Defeat Nativism appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines
    March 27, 2020

    President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on Friday, March 27. The $2 trillion stimulus package goes a long way to improve our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But it fails to deliver for millions of immigrants across the country, including first responders who are on the front lines […] The post Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The H-1B Registration Period Has Ended. How Did the New System Handle It?
    March 26, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) completed its first registration period on March 20 for H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa category allows highly educated foreign workers to temporarily work for employers in the United States. This was the first year USCIS used a new registration process for U.S. employers hoping to file an H-1B petition […] The post The H-1B Registration Period Has Ended. How Did the New System Handle It? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting USCIS Processing of Immigration Applications
    March 25, 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak has significantly disrupted the operations of government agencies around the country, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS is the agency that processes applications for various types of immigration benefits. USCIS Changes Office Operations During Coronavirus Outbreak The USCIS Seattle office was the first to temporarily close in early March when […] The post How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting USCIS Processing of Immigration Applications appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

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