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New law will effectively end immigrant detention in Illinois
Source: apnews.com
Posted on August 3, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will effectively end immigrant detention and further restrict local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Monday.

These immigrants have one shot to come to the US. But Biden has to act.
Source: vox.com
Posted on August 1, 2021

Three years ago, amid negotiations over immigration reform, then-President Donald Trump infamously questioned why the US was taking in immigrants from “shithole countries.”

He was referring to people from African nations who often have no legal pathway to come to the US except through a program known as the “diversity visa lottery.” Every year, roughly 55,000 people from countries with low levels of immigration to the US are chosen via a lottery to apply for a visa through the program. For many of them, it’s a golden ticket to a better life.

Processing delays leave unused slots, “wasted” green cards
Source: lawprofessors.typepad.com
Posted on August 1, 2021

A Biden administration official announced last week that the government has processed green card applications at such a slow pace that it will come at least 100,000 slots short of using up the annual limit. Without drastic revisions in the glacial processing times, President Biden will have presided over one of the largest cuts to legal immigration in U.S. history — and almost no one is talking about it.

The IRS erroneously rejected child tax credit payments for some families with an immigrant spouse
Source: washingtonpost.com
Posted on July 30, 2021

WaPo: “The IRS is aware some taxpayers who filed tax returns with ITIN numbers did not receive their child tax credit payment for July. We have worked expeditiously to correct this issue and these taxpayers will start receiving payments in August. All impacted taxpayers will receive their July payment.”

U.S. attorney general tells Texas to rescind immigrant COVID-19 order
Source: reuters.com
Posted on July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday warned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to “immediately rescind” a new executive order aimed at curbing the travel into the state of undocumented immigrants who may pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19.

ICE May Have Deported as Many as 70 US Citizens In the Last Five Years
Source: immigrationimpact.com
Posted on July 30, 2021

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) keeps making an inexcusable error: it has been deporting U.S. citizens by mistake.

70 potential U.S. citizens were deported between 2015 and 2020, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded. They were deported even though U.S. citizens cannot be charged with violations of civil immigration law.

The Senate Has Confirmed The First Woman and First Person of Arab And Mexican Descent To Direct US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Source: buzzfeednews.com
Posted on July 30, 2021

Ur Jaddou will become the first woman and first person of Arab and Mexican descent to be sworn in as director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services after the Senate confirmed her nomination on Friday.

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Haiti
Source: www.uscis.gov
Posted on July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice that provides information about how to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced this 18-month designation of Haiti for TPS on May 22.

Biden signals support for Democrats’ plan to advance immigration changes unilaterally, via a budget bill.
Source: nytimes.com
Posted on July 29, 2021

President Biden said on Thursday night that he supported a plan championed by congressional Democrats to use a legislative process intended for budget-related measures to bypass Republican opposition and legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.

32 Children Who Were Deported To Guatemala Last Year In Violation Of A Court Order Have Yet To Be Brought Back
Source: buzzfeednews.com
Posted on July 28, 2021

Thirty-two unaccompanied immigrant children who were deported to Guatemala despite a judge’s order have yet to be brought back to the US to apply for asylum, six months after the government admitted it was in the wrong. Now, immigration advocates are ramping up pressure on the Biden administration to speed up the process.

Immigration Court Cases Jump in June 2021; Delays Double This Year
Source: trac.syr.edu
Posted on July 28, 2021

The number of new deportation cases filed by the Biden administration is on the rise. Deportation orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jumped by nearly 50 percent in June, compared with the number filed in May. The number of new cases continues to severely outpace the rate at which judges can keep up, resulting in a growing backlog that is approaching 1.4 million. These findings come from case-by-case court records obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

Biden releases 21-point immigration plan amid bipartisan criticism
Source: thehill.com
Posted on July 27, 2021

The Biden administration on Tuesday unveiled an outline of its full strategy on immigration, with activists and advocacy groups decrying a new push for expedited removals.

The 21-point plan released by the White House comes as the administration is taking flak from both sides of the aisle: from the left over the call for swift deportations, and from Republicans over the increase in migrants at the southern border.

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