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Erin Aquino

USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (August 25, 2020)

USCIS announces that it will no longer furlough the majority of its employees. As a result, the agency will greatly decrease operating costs, and, this will likely cause longer processing and wait times.

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Practice Advisory on Filing DACA Applications

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Practice Advisory on Filing DACA Applications

CLINIC (August 24, 2020)

CLINIC has updated its DACA advisory to reflect memos and changes from the Department of Homeland Security as well as the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services. These changes include USCIS’ rejection of renewal requests that are more than 150 days from current expiration of status and that a travel document may be considered.

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CARES Act Leaves Out U.S. Citizens Married to Immigrants

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CARES Act Leaves Out U.S. Citizens Married to Immigrants

Tim Padgett, NPR (August 23, 2020)

More than 2,000,000 U.S. Citizens have been excluded from receiving CARES Act stimulus checks due to a new rule imposed by Trump that restricts any citizen married to someone with immigrant status. Marco Rubio has proposed to overturn this rule and establish a new one specifying all U.S. citizens may receive funding regardless of to whom they are married.

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Who Gets Asylum? Even Before Trump, System was Riddled with Bias and Disparities

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Who Gets Asylum? Even Before Trump, System was Riddled with Bias and Disparities

Katie Morrissey & Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union Tribune (August 23, 2020)

While Trump has diligently endeavored to dismantle the asylum system within the United States, Morrissey and Schroeder point out the inherent flaws in the system long before Trump was elected. Notably, issues of location greatly influence someone’s access to legal representation and chance of gaining asylum based on a judge’s past record. Furthermore, issues of bias against countries and widely diverse interpretations of ‘special groups’ greatly affect someone’s chance of getting asylum. Only about 19% of asylum applicants have achieved asylum.

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Trump Cabinet Officials Voted in 2018 White House Meeting to Separate Migrant Children, Say Officials

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Trump Cabinet Officials Voted in 2018 White House Meeting to Separate Migrant Children, Say Officials

Julia Ainsley & Jacob Soboroff, NBC News (August 20, 2020)

Members of a meeting held in 2018 come forward about Stephen Miller’s pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to implement family separation policy as an intentional deterrent for migration to the United States. Before then, DHS had refrained from separating family members since the system could not process individual cases effectively. 11 members held the policy to a vote where the majority decided to begin family separation at the border.

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California Picks Up Fight Over DACA Restrictions Again

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California Picks Up Fight Over DACA Restrictions Again

Vanessa Romo, NPR (August 18, 2020)

Attorney General Xavier Becerra will challenge Trump’s latest attempts to dismantle DACA. While a judge in June required DHS to begin processing DACA applications as they were before September 2017, Trump laid out a new set of rules that limits the relief option for young people. The new plans prevent any new DACA applications and decreases its duration to one year from two.

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ICE Isn’t Freeing Migrant Kids Despite Order, Flores Attys Say

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ICE Isn’t Freeing Migrant Kids Despite Order, Flores Attys Say

Lauren Berg, Law 360 (August 17, 2020)

Attorneys representing children in ICE detention centers petitioned Judge Gee to enforce ICE to release children. Advocates claim that ICE has not explained rights to parents about releasing their children to a relative’s custody outside of detention. Gee admonished ICE as she granted them another month to abide by her order for the immediate release of children in detention centers under Flores Settlement guidelines.

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A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels

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Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times (August 16, 2020)

Trump’s COVID-era policy to immediately expel families and children crossing the border have led to immigration agencies contracting transportation companies such as MVM to detain people at hotels while they wait their expulsion. This policy and practice raises concerns over proper legal protection for children in custody.

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The Invisible Wall: Policies that Threaten Immigrant Families

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The Invisible Wall: Policies that Threaten Immigrant Families

Protecting Immigrant Families (August 14, 2020)

This resource reviews the litany of polices Trump’s administration has executed to decrease immigration to the United States. It details if the policy has been proposed, is in litigation, and its potential finality.

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