We’ve posted a lot recently about the partial government shutdown currently in effect—and its impacts on immigration-related services. But it’s also worth noting that the president’s shutdown may be working against the very issue he’s attempting to address.
Last month saw troubling events at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Two young Guatemalan children died while in a detention facility at the border.
The caravan of migrants that has been making its way from Honduras to the U.S. for some months now has finally reached the Mexico-U.S. border. The migrants are fleeing violence and persecution in their native land, and they are legally seeking asylum in the U.S.
Undocumented immigrants in the United States must cope with high levels of stress. They may live in constant fear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents could show up at their place of work anytime to arrest them. A minor traffic violation could lead to arrest and deportation. Even a hospital visit could result in medical repatriation.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time to gather with family and friends, feasting on turkey, potatoes and pie. If you’re like most Americans, you get your turkey from the nation’s leading turkey provider: Butterball. But it might surprise you to learn that Butterball couldn’t run its company without Haitian asylum seekers who came to the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This program is currently under threat.
There are certain privacy rights that we may not question. One example: the ability to stay at a hotel without the management reporting your presence to the government. Unfortunately, a popular hotel chain violated this right and wrongfully reported guests within its hotel chains. These guests did not do anything wrong. The hotel completed the reports as part of a business policy.
With heightened deportation efforts underway, undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are living in fear. Many American citizens have responded to the current administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration by volunteering their time and energy to help out their undocumented neighbors in need.
Student visa numbers and reports from college officials suggest that international enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities has been down for the past couple of years. Unfortunately for educational institutions, that decline coincides with a drop in enrollment among domestic students "and has led to real pain," according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
A trial judge from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. However, he delayed the effect of the ruling for 20 days to give the administration a chance to appeal.
Last week marked the deadline for migrant children who had been unlawfully separated from their parents to be reunited. Many families were reunified—although not without sustaining considerable emotional and physical trauma. Still, many children remain separated—for a variety of concerning reasons.