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USCIS’ Proposed Changes to the Affidavit of Support are Unnecessary and Unlawful

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently proposing significant changes to the Affidavit of Support (Form I-864), and related forms I-864A and I-864EZ. One of the major changes would be to require that U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents sponsoring a foreign spouse or relative for a green card must disclose detailed bank […] The post USCIS’ Proposed Changes to the Affidavit of Support are Unnecessary and Unlawful appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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ICE Faces Lawsuit Over Blocking Phone Access to Detainees

A free phone call can mean the difference between a fair day in court and being deported to harm—or worse—for individuals held in immigration detention centers. Immigrants may not be able to meet with their attorneys in person, leaving phone calls as the only way to communicate about their cases. Being able to communicate with […] The post ICE Faces Lawsuit Over Blocking Phone Access to Detainees appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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As Coronavirus Fatalities Rise, Trump Sends Immigrant Meatpackers Back to Work

The coronavirus presents a clear and immediate danger to America’s food supply. Meatpacking plants in particular have taken a huge hit. To mitigate the loss of production, President Trump signed an executive order on April 28 to ensure that meatpacking plants “continue operations uninterrupted to the maximum extent possible.” The order may help put food […] The post As Coronavirus Fatalities Rise, Trump Sends Immigrant Meatpackers Back to Work appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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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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