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ICE Detains Pregnant Women

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been detaining an increasing number of pregnant women, a fact verified by their own record keeping. Overall detentions are up because of the Trump administration’s hardline stance against immigration to the United States. Several new executive orders have been issued that enable immigration officials to make more arrests of […]

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US Targets Nations for Visa Overstays

Last month the President released a memo calling the number of unauthorized individuals in the United States on expired visas, “unacceptably high.” Citing a recent Homeland Security report, President Trump issued a directive to federal agencies to consider actions against countries with high visa overstay rates. Twenty countries with overstay rates over 10 percent were […]

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Debate Over Remain-in-Mexico Policy

Last month in San Francisco, a federal judge temporarily blocked an immigration policy requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while awaiting their hearings. United States District Judge Richard Seeborg issued his preliminary injunction on the basis that the Immigration and Naturalization Act does not support the policy – also known as Migrant Protection Protocols. Just […]

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More than One Million Cases Overloading Immigration Courts

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently released a 176-page report warning of an imminent “existential crisis” caused by the backlog of cases in immigration courts across the nation. The ABA Immigration Commission report released earlier this month calls for swift and extensive policy reforms. Without them, the Commission predicts the immigration system in the U.S. […]

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U.S. Government Tracking Immigration Journalists

Recently, San Diego news affiliate, NBC 7, shared documents they received suggesting the federal government has been tracking journalists and immigration advocates associated with the migrant caravan reaching the southern United States border from Central America. As the caravan reached the border and media attention increased, some activists, journalists, and social media influencers began to […]

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Health Care and Immigration Status

As the current administration continues to implement increasingly restrictive immigration policies, health care providers find themselves grappling with how to manage sensitive information about immigrant patients and their status. Some feel that immigration status falls under the protections of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Yet, at least one state, Arizona, requires clinicians […]

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ICE Circumventing Sanctuary Policies 

In today’s contentious political climate, one might mistakenly believe that lacking proper documentation equates one with criminality. However, being an undocumented immigrant does not make one a criminal. According to the law, all individuals on U.S. soil have a right to due process. Due process ensures that the government respects individuals’ rights and civil liberties. […]

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Family Sponsorship

In the United States, citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) can petition to bring family members into the country. This is called sponsorship. Family members of permanent residents who can petition for a green card are determined by a system of preferences. Immediate relatives, including spouses and minor children, have priority over other family […]

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Employment Authorization Card

An Employment Authorization Document card (EAD) is a temporary permit that allows foreign nationals to lawfully enter and work in the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues EADs to individuals who are permitted to work in the U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, and conditional permanent residents are not required to apply […]

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Videoconferencing in Immigration Court

As the backlog of immigration cases continues to swell, some federal authorities have proposed a high-tech solution for tackling the surge of legal proceedings. Last year, New York immigration officials began videoconferencing with individuals in detainment facilities. While this may seem like a practical solution to move cases along more efficiently, not everyone agrees with […]

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