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Policy Alert: Updated Policy Guidance for the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)

By | Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law

Policy Alert: Updated Policy Guidance for the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (November 13, 2020)

USCIS recently announced updates to age and “sought to acquire” requirements under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). These updates further clarify how USCIS calculates an applicant’s age under defined conditions and provides other guidance.

USCIS: Multiple Updates and Opportunities to Provide Feedback

By | Opportunities

USCIS: Multiple Updates and Opportunities to Provide Feedback 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (November, 2020) 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have released multiple new and revised guidance from their policy manual currently open for public comment. Policy updates include changes to the Child Status Protection Act, adjustments to naturalization eligibility, and the revised civics test for naturalization. Deadlines for feedback are between December 14-18, 2020, respectively.

Best Practices for Safe Repatriation Advocacy

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Practice, Practice Highlight, Safety, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Best Practices for Safe Repatriation Advocacy  

The Young Center (October, 2020) 

Encouraging practitioners to operate from a trauma-informed lens when working with unaccompanied and separated immigrant children, this practice guide illustrates critical steps towards ensuring safe repatriation. The guide offers essential tips when working directly with clients and information regarding advocacy work with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), consulates, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   

Stronger Together: Building an Inclusive System of Supports for Immigrant Families During the Pandemic, and Always

By | Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law

Stronger Together: Building an Inclusive System of Supports for Immigrant Families During the Pandemic, and Always  

Center for the Study of Social Policy (July, 2020) 

Despite the passage of emergency response packages directed at providing coronavirus relief, this legislation has systematically excluded many immigrants. In response, many states and localities and philanthropic and community-based organizations have provided critical support during this time. However, their ability to deliver needed services is limited. This brief offers information for policymakers seeking to build a more comprehensive and inclusive system that centers immigrant families in COVID-19-related federal actions.   

Affordable Housing and Public Charge Toolkit

By | Highlighted Resources, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Public Charge

Affordable Housing and Public Charge Toolkit 

Protecting Immigrant Families (November, 2020) 

This toolkit, developed in partnership with the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) state policy subcommittee, is geared toward immigration attorneys seeking to counsel clients who may be concerned about the impact their participation in affordable housing programs will have on their applications for permanent residency. 

Immigration Data Matters

By | Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal/Law, Research, Research Highlight, State Policies, Unaccompanied Minors

Immigration Data Matters  

Jeanne Batalova, Andriy Shymonyak and Michelle Mittelstadt, Migration Policy Institute (November, 2020) 

This updated and convenient guide contains more than 250 migration data resources from the United States and internationally from reliable governmental and non-governmental sources organized by topics ranging from labor migration to immigration enforcement.   

Enforced Separations: A Qualitative Examination of How Latinx Families Cope With Family Disruption Following the Deportation of a Parent

By | Deportation, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Immigration Enforcement, Research, Research Highlight, Social Work, Trauma

Enforced Separations: A Qualitative Examination of How Latinx Families Cope With Family Disruption Following the Deportation of a Parent 

Kristina Lovato and Laura S. Abrams, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences (November 5, 2020) 

In the face of two decades of ever-restrictive immigration policies that have led to increased family disruption due to expansive deportations, this study examines how impacted families cope. Exploring the issue through a family systems theory lens, researchers found that in addition to restructuring family dynamics, those impacted also experience economic and familial tensions. The need to develop cultural and trauma-informed interventions for immigrant families in response is also discussed.   

Families like this one were torn apart at the border. The U.S. still hasn’t made things right.

By | In the News

Families like this one were torn apart at the border. The U.S. still hasn’t made things right. 

Catherine RampellWashington Post (November 23, 2020) 

In 2017, mother and son Leticia and Yovany traveled from Guatemala and crossed the Rio Grande to seek asylum in the United States. Soon after, they were detained and separated. Speaking to Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post, Leticia and Yovany describe the trauma of such separation, something her son likened to “being a flower without water” and call on the U.S. government and the American public to redress the harm done to them and countless other families.   

ICE Expelled 33 Immigrant Children Back to Guatemala After A Judge Said They Couldn’t

By | In the News

ICE Expelled 33 Immigrant Children Back to Guatemala After A Judge Said They Couldn’t 

Hamed AleazizBuzzFeed News (November 24, 2020) 

Despite a preliminary injunction issued on November 18th that blocked the Trump administration from turning back unaccompanied children at the border, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flight with 33 children took off for Guatemala. ICE officials claim that they were not aware of the ruling at the time the flight departed. However, immigration advocates have stated that the children should be brought back to the United States due to the judge’s decision.   

The Real Border Crisis: Childhood Trauma from Family Separations

By | In the News

The Real Border Crisis: Childhood Trauma from Family Separations 

Jessica Blatt, Borgen Magazine (November 15, 2020) 

In this piece, Jessica Blatt traces the intersecting traumas that immigrant children experience from the countries they leave behind to their detention at the border of a country they believed they could seek refuge in. The longstanding, compounding traumas these children face are, according to Blatt, tantamount to a mental health emergency. However, through collective action in support of legislative measures, including the Keep Families Together Act and electing legislators concerned about immigrant children’s welfare, the United States can work to mitigate continued harm.