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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status & Visa Availability

By | Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status & Visa Availability

Rachel Prandini, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (January 21, 2021)

This practice advisory reviews the backlog of visas for youth from specific countries that are applying for a green card through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and offers practice advice for representing these youth that might experience a long wait for their green card.

Updated Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Response to COVID-19

By | Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Public Charge

Updated Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Response to COVID-19

Peggy Gleason & Ariel Brown, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (January 29, 2021)

This brief details updates to USCIS services offered during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes information about USCIS’s automatic 60-day extension to Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) and additional responses that are applicable through March 31, 2021.

Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services

By | Family Separation, Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight

Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (January 14, 2021)

This document reviews and evaluates the role that the Department of Justice played in developing and implementing the zero tolerance policy along with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and finds that DOJ failed to effectively prepare for and manage the implementation of this policy.

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Immigrant Children & Families: A Call to Action” as part of COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Families Research, Research, Research Highlight

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Immigrant Children & Families: A Call to Action” as part of COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses

Jesse Ramirez and Kristina Lovato, CWLA Press (2020)

This essay (page 35) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic issues of inequality in the health care system and economy for Latinx immigrant children and families in the United States. It concludes with a call to action to address related macro- and mezzo-level systemic weaknesses impacting this population.

Disruptions to Child Care Arrangements and Work Schedules for Low-Income Hispanic Families are Common and Costly

By | Child Well-Being, Early Childhood, Immigrant Families Research, Research, Research Highlight

Disruptions to Child Care Arrangements and Work Schedules for Low-Income Hispanic Families are Common and Costly

Kevin Ferreira van Leer, Danielle A. Crosby, and Julia Mendez, National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (January 27, 2021)

This research article looks at the impacts of child care arrangement disruptions on low-income Hispanic families as well as the relevance of this issue during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We tortured families’: The Lingering Damage of Trump’s Separation Policy

By | In the News

‘We tortured families’: The Lingering Damage of Trump’s Separation Policy

Sam Levin, The Guardian (January 4, 2021)

The policies enacted under the Trump administration that resulted in family separation have been condemned globally and will continue to be pressing issues for the Biden administration. This article offers suggestions for how the Biden administration can work to address these issues.

Biden Suspends Deportations, Stops ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

By | In the News

Biden Suspends Deportations, Stops ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

Jaclyn Diaz, NPR (January 21, 2021)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that they would pause deportations for specific non-citizens in the U.S. for 100 days, would not accept any new enrollment into the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, i.e., the “remain in Mexico” program, and is planning to complete a full review of immigrations policies and programs.

Biden Immigration Bill Would Provide More Protections for Child Migrants

By | In the News

Biden Immigration Bill Would Provide More Protections for Child Migrants

Julia Ainsley, NBC News (January 21, 2021)

The immigration legislation proposed by President Biden would incorporate protections for children that are migrating from Central America, a plan to hire more immigration judges for asylum cases, alternatives to immigrant detention centers, and replacing the term “alien” with “noncitizen” in immigration laws.