• Trump Administration Considers Lowering the Refugee Cap to Zero
    September 13, 2019

    The Trump administration is considering decreasing the maximum number of refugees accepted into the United States to 10,000 and as possibly low as zero, administration officials confirmed last week. Each year, the president determines the refugee cap or ceiling, the maximum number of people who can […]

  • Why It’s Bad to Force Asylum Seekers to Seek Protection Elsewhere
    September 12, 2019

    The Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling on Wednesday allowing the Trump administration to implement a ban on asylum seekers at the southern land border. The ban applies to people who transited through another country prior to arriving at the border. Although the ruling is a temporary […]

  • USCIS Wants to Make it Harder for Asylum Seekers to Get Work Permits
    September 11, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently proposed a rule that will further delay asylum seekers’ ability to receive work authorization. Under current law, USCIS must grant or deny an initial asylum applicant’s employment authorization application within 30 days. Under […]

  • Trump Administration Offers Contradicting Message on Whether Hurricane Dorian Survivors Are Welcome in the US
    September 10, 2019

    The strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas ripped through the islands last week. In the wake of such devastation, it would not be unusual for the U.S. government to announce temporary immigration measures for Bahamians seeking shelter in the United States. Given its proximity to Florida, many […]

  • Chaos and Dysfunction at the Border: The Remain in Mexico Program Firsthand
    September 9, 2019

    The first thing many people forcibly returned to Mexico tell you is that they’re afraid. Afraid of the cartels, afraid of Mexican immigration officials, and afraid of the months of uncertainty. This is what they’ve faced since the Trump administration sent them back to Mexico as part of […]

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