Federal Policy

Resources on this page highlight the most salient federal laws and policies that impact the experiences of immigrant families and children as well as the most common immigration relief options for these children and families.

DHS Announces New Guidance to Limit ICE and CBP Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse

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DHS Announces New Guidance to Limit ICE and CBP Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse

Department of Homeland Security (April 27, 2021)

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, has put new limits in place on immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have received information regarding the new guidance set by the Department of Homeland Security.

Forgoing Healthcare in a Global Pandemic: The Chilling Effects of the Public Charge Rule on Health Access Among Children in California

By | Child Well-Being, Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Public Charge

Forgoing Healthcare in a Global Pandemic: The Chilling Effects of the Public Charge Rule on Health Access Among Children in California

Alma Guerrero, Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas, & Arturo Vargas Bustamante, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (April 6, 2021)

This policy brief focuses on seven regions in California to attempt to estimate the chilling effects of the public charge rule on health care access for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cut The Contracts: It’s Time To End ICE’s Corrupt Detention Management System

By | Detention, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigration Enforcement, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law

Cut The Contracts: It’s Time To End ICE’s Corrupt Detention Management System 

NIJC (March 16, 2021) 

Through examining the history of immigration detention and documented nefarious contracting practices, this policy brief calls upon the Biden administration to bring about the immediate end of detention centers and contracts on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  

How the U.S. Citizenship Act Impacts Children

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

How the U.S. Citizenship Act Impacts Children 

CLASP (March 2021) 

This fact sheet covers the potential impact of the recently introduced U.S. Citizenship Act upon children, including a pathway to citizenship, a four-year strategy addressing causes of child migration, the development of guidelines for children in CBP custody, the provision of grants to educational agencies serving unaccompanied minors, facilitating family reunification, and eliminating current restrictions to immigrants for means-tested federal benefits. The authors indicated that collectively, this bill’s implementation would promote immigrant children’s safety and development.

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics

Remedying the Separation of Families at the U.S. Mexico Border 

Ann Garcia, CLINIC (December 1, 2020) 

This transition paper discusses the impact of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigrant families separated at the border. It then offers five policy recommendations that can be undertaken in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. 

A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Topics, Unaccompanied Minors

A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody 

National Center for Youth Law (January 2021) 

This two-part briefing describes how federal policy during the last year of the Trump administration has impacted immigrant children and how Congress can legislate comprehensive federal policy for children in federal immigration custody. Specific recommendations describe how the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security could address children’s needs while in custody to ensure their rights are protected. 

Immigrants and the COVID Vaccine: What Do I Need to Know?

By | Child Well-Being, Federal Policy, Law & Policy, Legal/Law, Safety

Immigrants and the COVID Vaccine: What Do I Need to Know? 

North Carolina Justice Center (January 25, 2021) 

In response to the confusion and the spreading of misinformation surrounding immigrants’ eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this flyer seeks to clarify basic information about the vaccine, such as its cost and availability. The flyer is available in several languages other than English.  

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 Biden-Harris Immigration Agenda Matters for Kids

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy

The Biden-Harris Immigration Agenda Matters for Kids

Children Thrive Action Network (CTAN) (January 28, 2021)

This resource documents the main Biden-Harris administration policy changes and their impact on children in immigrant families, while highlighting key talking points. This document outlines the changes to DACA, the census, the Muslim and African bans, Migrant Protection Protocols, the Zero Tolerance Policy, immigration enforcement, and the proposed pathways to citizenship.

2021 Administrative Advocacy Priorities

By | Deportation, Detention, Federal Policy, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law

2021 Administrative Advocacy Priorities

CLINIC (November 17, 2020)

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) has updated their list of 2021 Administrative Advocacy Priorities. The 2021 policy priorities include a focus on advocating for the rights of Black immigrants that are disproportionately impacted by some Trump-era policies.

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2021 Immigration Action Plan

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Legal/Law

2021 Immigration Action Plan: Restoring Human Dignity Recovering the Economy Reinforcing American Values

Immigration Hub, America’s Voice, and Partners (August 2020)

Immigration Hub and America’s Voice collaborated with more than 100 organization to develop an Immigration Action Plan for 2021 that advocates for ten actions that are aimed at transforming the immigration system in the United States.

 

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

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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.

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

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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.   

Immediate Priorities for the Protection of Immigrant Children

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Law & Policy, Legal/Law, Public Charge, Unaccompanied Minors

Immediate Priorities for the Protection of Immigrant Children 

The Young Center 

Developed by a coalition of organizations dedicated to the rights, health, and safety of immigrant children, this resource provides a list of 10 legislative priorities for the incoming Biden administration.   

Broad and Blunt, the Trump Administration’s H-1B Changes Miss the Opportunity for Real Reform

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Broad and Blunt, the Trump Administration’s H-1B Changes Miss the Opportunity for Real Reform

Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute (October 2020)

The H-1B visa program had not seen major changes since 1990.  The Trump administration has now made a significant change to try and ensure that workers that are citizens of the United States (U.S.) would not be replaced with immigrants.  This will limit U.S. businesses from being able to hire skilled immigrant workers.  The H1-B program is the primary option for immigrants to obtain employment in the United States.