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In Roberts Opinion, SCOTUS Overturns Decision to Rescind DACA

By | Federal Policy, Law/Policy Highlight

In Roberts Opinion, SCOTUS Overturns Decision to Rescind DACA

Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal  (June 18th, 2020)

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Trump’s efforts to eliminate deferred deportation for immigrants that arrived illegally as children. The court called Trumps efforts arbitrary and capricious, and that DHS failed to provide concrete reasoning to rescind DACA.

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Advocates Ask District Court to Block Public Charge Rule Amidst Pandemic Following SCOTUS Rejection

By | Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Public Charge

Advocates Ask District Court to Block Public Charge Rule Amidst Pandemic Following SCOTUS Rejection

Juan Gastelum, Jen Nessel, Alejandra Lopez, & Yatziri, Tovar, National Immigration Law Center (May 18, 2020)

Attorneys from various legal agencies sought a preliminary injunction with a federal district court to the “public charge” ruling that prevents immigrant families in need from accessing public benefits. “Public charge” rules grossly affect immigrant families from seeking health care, food, and housing assistance during the pandemic. Lawyers argue the policy is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

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USCIS Response to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Public Charge Alert

By | Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Public Charge

USCIS Response to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Public Charge Alert

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCIS announced that immigrants with potential COVID-19 symptoms are able to seek necessary medical treatment or preventative services and it will not affect their admissibility under Public Charge. This includes access to testing, screening, treatment, or vaccines for communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

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The History and Future of Gender Asylum Law and Recognition of Domestic Violence as a Basis for Protection in the United States

By | Federal Policy, Immigration Relief, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law

The History and Future of Gender Asylum Law and Recognition of Domestic Violence as a Basis for Protection in the United States

Deborah Anker, ABA Journal (April 28, 2020)

Anker details the history and development of the United States’ gender asylum law. Through a series of court decisions, the U.S. considered survivors of domestic violence a particular social group under the United Nations definition of a refugee. Jeff Sessions challenged this in 2018 and eliminate protections for women seeking asylum. This continues to be challenged in court.

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Crisis Within a Crisis: Immigration in the United States in a Time of COVID-19

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Crisis Within a Crisis: Immigration in the United States in a Time of COVID-19

Muzaffar Chishti & Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute (March 26, 2020)

With the outbreak of COVID-19, the intersection of U.S. immigration and public health policy has gained much attention. In this article, the authors discuss how the Trump administration has put a series of measures in place in response to the outbreak that affect immigrants and immigration.

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NO LONGER FEELING SAFE: Perspectives on Immigration Policy from Early Childhood Professionals

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NO LONGER FEELING SAFE: Perspectives on Immigration Policy from Early Childhood Professionals

Rebecca Ullrich & Shiva Sethi, CLASP (March 16, 2020)

This resource provides data that was collected from nearly 200 early care and educational professionals who work with children of immigrant parents. Some of the questions they were asked surrounded working with families who have been separated and families access to certain services.

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