Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, resigns amid immigration crisis

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, has resigned amid an agency wide restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security. Vitiello had originally been nominated to take over the post permanently, but his nomination was abruptly pulled last week by President Trump, who said he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction. Outgoing Homeland Security […]

Judge strikes down Trump administration efforts to deny asylum

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down most of the policies former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued that made it almost impossible for victims of domestic and gang violence to seek asylum. Judge Emmet Sullivan, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said the policies, which created a stricter test to satisfy the “credible fear” standard […]

Over 30 cities speak out against Trump proposal on immigration benefits

A coalition of 32 cities led by New York and Chicago have come out in opposition to a Trump administration proposal that would link welfare and immigration benefits. In the multi-city comment, representatives argued that the proposed rule from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) violates the Administrative Procedure Act, among other federal laws. “We’re standing […]

Trump Administration considering proposal that would make it difficult for legal immigrants to become citizens

A proposal being considered by top aides to President Trump would reportedly make it more difficult for legal immigrants to get green cards or become U.S. citizens. NBC News reports that under the proposal, a creation of senior White House aide Stephen Miller, migrants who have in the past benefited from welfare programs, including Social Security […]

Trump administration will be reviewing cases of immigrants who already have citizenship

The Trump administration is stepping up efforts to curb legal immigration, taking a series of actions in recent weeks that could lead to deportation for people who already have citizenship. The director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) told The Associated Press recently that the agency is hiring dozens of lawyers and immigration […]

Homeland Security Changes Legalization Process to Keep Families Together Longer

The Department of Homeland Security announced that beginning March 4th, undocumented immigrants can start their application process for a legal visa without leaving the U.S., a change in the current law which states that immigrants would have to return to their home country for up to six months while undergoing the process. The new rule […]

Increase in Deferred Action Applications after Obama Re-Election

With President Obama re-elected into office and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) secure, there has been an increase of interest and applications from undocumented students. “I’ve seen an increase in three ways,” says Jose Peñalosa, an immigration lawyer in Phoenix and a worker for No Dream Deferred. “In my office and through the […]