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.

Protecting Afghan Unaccompanied and Separated Children Arriving in the United States

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Law/Policy Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors

Protecting Afghan Unaccompanied and Separated Children Arriving in the United States

Kids in Need of Defense -KIND (September 2, 2021)

This policy brief looks at current experience with unaccompanied and separated children to provide recommendations to help protect children arriving from Afghanistan.

Stopping ICE from Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth

By | Detention, Federal Policy, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Unaccompanied Minors

Stopping ICE from Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth

American Immigration Council (September 21, 2021)

This litigation discusses how ICE has been detaining unaccompanied minors that turn 18 into adult custody instead of less restrictive options. In September, a federal judge ruled these practices unlawful and required ICE to make changes to avoid further issues.

The Lasting Legacy of Exclusion: How the Law that Brought Us Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Excluded Immigrant Families & Institutionalized Racism in our Social Support System

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Federal Policy, Legal/Law, Public Charge

The Lasting Legacy of Exclusion: How the Law that Brought Us Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Excluded Immigrant Families & Institutionalized Racism in our Social Support System

Center for the Study of Social Policy & the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (August 2021)

This report reviews the history and legacy of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (PRWORA), highlighting its racist roots and institutionalization of anti-immigrant exclusions to a range of public benefits and tax credits.

Supporting Immigrant Providers and Families Through Child Care Relief Funds

By | Child Well-Being, Federal Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, State Policies

Supporting Immigrant Providers and Families Through Child Care Relief Funds

Tiffany Ferrette, CLASP (August 11, 2021)

This brief review the two child care funding streams included in the American Rescue Plan Act, and how states can use these funds to support immigrant families with young children seeking child care as well as immigrant child care workers.

LIFT the BAR Act Resources

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

LIFT the BAR Act Resources

Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (n.d.)

These resources provide background information on the proposed LIFT the BAR Act, which would restore access to federal public benefits, like Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, etc., for lawfully present immigrants by lifting the five-year bar and addressing other barriers to these critical programs.

Medicaid Coverage for Immigrants

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

Medicaid Coverage for Immigrants

Sarah Grusin and Catherine McKee, National Health Law Program (May 17, 2021)

This issue brief clarifies which immigrants are covered by federal Medicaid funding, including a flow chart to help determine eligibility. The brief also outlines states’ verification processes of applicants’ immigration status and income for eligibility purposes.

Congress Should Adopt American Families Plan’s Permanent Expansions of Child Tax Credit and EITC, Make Additional Provisions Permanent

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

Congress Should Adopt American Families Plan’s Permanent Expansions of Child Tax Credit and EITC, Make Additional Provisions Permanent

Chuck Marr, Kris Cox, Stephanie Hingtgen, and Katie Windham; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (May 24, 2021)

This report details key reasons for permanent expansions of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, which would have important implications for children in immigrant families especially.

Essential and Invisible: The Urgent Case for Supporting Immigrant Essential Workers

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

Essential and Invisible: The Urgent Case for Supporting Immigrant Essential Workers

Rocio Perez and Adewale Maye, CLASP (July 12, 2021)

This report discusses key challenges encountered by immigrant essential workers during the pandemic and calls for an equitable economic recovery that addresses work conditions and wages as well as improved economic opportunity via a pathway to citizenship.

State of Texas et al v. United States of America et al – Memorandum and Order – July 16, 2021

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

State of Texas et al v. United States of America et al – Memorandum and Order – July 16, 2021

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (July 19, 2021)

This resource contains the July 16th Memorandum and Order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in State of Texas, et al., v. The United State of America, et al., which ruled that DACA is unlawful and vacated the June 15, 2012, memorandum that created DACA.

Central American Minors Program: Providing a Safe Alternative to a Dangerous Migration Journey

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Unaccompanied Minors

Central American Minors Program: Providing a Safe Alternative to a Dangerous Migration Journey

Kids in Need of Defense (June 7, 2021)

This policy brief provides background, updates, and recommendations on the Central American Minors (CAM) program, which enables some children to apply for refugee protection or parole from their home country.

USCIS Issues Three Policy Updates to “Improve Immigration Services”

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

USCIS Issues Three Policy Updates to “Improve Immigration Services”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (June 9, 2021)

In efforts to reduce barriers to and improve access to the U.S. immigration system, USCIS has introduced three policy updates in its Policy Manual related to expedited processing, requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny, and employment authorization documents.

A Solvable Challenge: Improving Asylee Access to Health and Other Benefits

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

A Solvable Challenge: Improving Asylee Access to Health and Other Benefits

Essey Workie, Mark Greenberg and Lillie Hinkle; Migration Policy Institute (June 2021)

This commentary discusses the many challenges that asylees face in accessing needed health and other public benefits, and offers recommendations for improving access to services and benefits for this vulnerable population.

A Roadmap to Bring Home The Unjustly Deported

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

A Roadmap to Bring Home The Unjustly Deported

National Immigrant Justice Center (April 2021)

This white paper is a collection of stories of ten people that were deported from the United States.  The full report includes recommendations for improving U.S. immigrations laws and policies.

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

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

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.