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With Congress Gridlocked on Immigration, State Lawmakers Step in to Support Their Residents

In recent years, states have increasingly embraced their role in immigration by exploring and enacting policies and positions to address the needs of their communities. States are doing what they can, given that Congress has been unable to pass meaningful policies to update the immigration system for decades. 2019 was no exception to this trend. […] The post With Congress Gridlocked on Immigration, State Lawmakers Step in to Support Their Residents appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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The US Government Can Now Collect DNA From Thousands of People Who Have Never Committed a Crime

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed rule mandating the collection of DNA from nearly all immigrants in government custody became final on April 8, 2020. For the first time in U.S. history, the federal government will be able to collect DNA from people–without consent–who have never been accused of a crime. This represents a massive […] The post The US Government Can Now Collect DNA From Thousands of People Who Have Never Committed a Crime appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID19 Era – Post 9

AILA BOG member Rekha Sharma-Crawford writes about a silver lining to the lockdown on the blog which “has allowed us to be able to think of ways to use technology to enhance our practices and…may have also opened the door…to finally contemplate work life balance in a way we have never before.”

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Fearing Coronavirus, People in ICE Custody Ask the Courts to Order Their Release

Medical experts and government officials urge people to social distance to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Yet, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to hold tens of thousands of people in cramped detention facilities. Fearing for their safety, immigrants and their advocates have turned to the courts to seek release from these unsafe conditions. The conditions […] The post Fearing Coronavirus, People in ICE Custody Ask the Courts to Order Their Release appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Green Card Holders to Get Relief From Deportation

In a 5-4 decision on April 23, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the types of criminal offenses that bar green card holders from seeking a form of relief from deportation. The case, Barton v. Barr, is about who is eligible to apply for a form of relief from deportation called cancellation of removal. Cancellation allows […] The post Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Green Card Holders to Get Relief From Deportation appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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What You Need to Know About President Trump’s Latest Ban on Immigration

At a time when our country is united in the fight against the coronavirus, President Trump is seeking to divide us by turning to a familiar target—immigrants. The president first threatened a full ban on immigration via a tweet Monday night. On Wednesday, he issued a somewhat narrower ban aimed at those seeking to permanently […] The post What You Need to Know About President Trump’s Latest Ban on Immigration appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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US Endangers Other Countries by Deporting People With the Coronavirus

Countries around the world that still have few coronavirus cases are bracing themselves for the spread of the pandemic. Many have restricted international arrivals to prevent a surge in cases like the one in the United States, which they would not have the resources to fight. Meanwhile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to […] The post US Endangers Other Countries by Deporting People With the Coronavirus appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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