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Showing posts with label Immigration Impact. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Data Snapshot: Middle Eastern and North African Immigrants

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently announced its revision of the race and ethnicity question on federal surveys, including the U.S. census, adding “Middle Eastern or North African (MENA)” as a new category. This welcoming news came ahead of the Arab American Heritage Month in April. “These revisions will enhance our […]

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Federal Government Is Cutting Aid for Migrant Shelters and Services. What Will States Do Now?

After months of contentious debate and near government shutdowns, Congress approved appropriations for fiscal year 2024, which President Biden quickly signed into law. The spending package contains several important immigration-related appropriations and provisions. Alarmingly, however, $800 million has been cut from the Shelter and Services Program (SSP) under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and […]

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FY 2024 Government Funding Package Is a Mixed-Bag on Immigration

President Biden signed the final 6-bill “minibus” funding package for fiscal year (FY) 2024 on March 23, which includes funding for the agencies that implement our immigration laws. This was the culmination of months of negotiations mired by attempts to insert restrictive border and immigration policy changes into the budget. While the compromise package doesn’t […]

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Friday, March 29, 2024

STEM-Related Petitions Increase Following USCIS’ Updated Policy Guidance

A recent analysis by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) found that the number of petitions by, or on behalf of, foreign-born workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) increased following a pair of guidance clarifications the agency made in January 2022. One outlines how foreign-born STEM professionals can qualify for […]

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Border Patrol and Ohio Law Enforcement Engage in Racial Profiling in Northern Ohio, New Report Finds

By Gwen Short, Staff Attorney at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Raul Pinto, Deputy Director of Transparency at the American Immigration Council ABLE and the American Immigration Council published a report on March 19 analyzing data suggesting that the collusion between U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Sandusky Bay station and Ohio law enforcement […]

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Judicial Review of Mixed Questions, Even Those That Are Fact Intensive

The Supreme Court issued an important victory for noncitizens seeking cancellation of removal and the principle of judicial review of agency action on March 19. And despite the current court’s tenuous regard for stare decisis – the idea that “today’s Court should stand by yesterday’s decisions” – in Wilkinson v. Garland, the Supreme Court reaffirmed […]

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Friday, March 15, 2024

District Court in Texas Allows CHNV Parole Program to Continue

On March 8, a federal district court in Texas dismissed a challenge to a parole program set up by the Biden administration to allow 30,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans to enter the United States legally each month, known as the CHNV parole program, allowing the program to stay in place. Judge Drew Tipton of […]

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Differences in State Sunshine Laws Can Threaten Transparency Around Immigration Detention and Enforcement

The main way in which the public can access information about what the federal government is doing is through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, laws that allow the public to get state public records, also known as sunshine laws or public records laws, are different from state by state. State and local government […]

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Despite Progress, the Tragedy of Family Separation Can Never Be Undone

Six years ago, a man came to the U.S./Mexico border with his five-year-old daughter, looking for safety in the United States.   At home, a rival political faction had been making death threats against him and his family. That compelled him to take his daughter to the United States to seek asylum for them both.   But […]

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Friday, March 8, 2024

Showdown Between Texas Authorities and the Federal Government Headed to the Supreme Court

By Kate Melloy Goettel and Juan Avilez  A Texas law that allows local law enforcement to arrest migrants, state court judges to issue removal orders, and state officials to remove migrants to Mexico, is on its way to the Supreme Court.   Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which was signed into law in November and was […]

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On International Women’s Day, We Celebrate the Important Contributions of Immigrant Women in the American Workforce

Since its conception in 1977, International Women’s Day has evolved into a global celebration highlighting women’s achievements and the challenges they face. The holiday’s origins can be traced back to the women’s suffrage and labor movements in the early 20th century – predominantly those led by women in the workforce.  Along with U.S.-born women, female immigrants […]

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

USCIS Announces Re-parole for Ukrainians

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022, the U.S. has provided certain Ukrainians with temporary authorization, or parole, to remain in the country. However, multiple agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), have been involved in this process, which caused concern that there wouldn’t be a streamlined […]

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

New Americans in Houston Report Launched at Regional Event: Houston: Poised to Lead

A new research report, New Americans in Houston: A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the Houston Metro Area, released by the American Immigration Council, underscores the crucial role immigrants play in the Houston metro area’s economy. The report was published in partnership with Amegy Bank, Texas Association of Business (TAB), […]

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Friday, March 1, 2024

The State of Texas Isn’t Just Creating Chaos and Cruelty at the Border—It’s Trying to Break the Things That Work

For decades, the Catholic nonprofit Annunciation House has worked to support migrants in El Paso, Texas. It’s provided shelter, food and services to countless people who have just arrived in the United States—many of whom have been released directly from government custody after being apprehended and processed by Customs and Border Protection, and many of […]

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Thursday, February 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, February 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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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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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, February 9, 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 30, 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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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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