Category: Congress & Federal Laws

Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020

President Trump signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020, following consultations with Congress conducted by the State Department, along with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. Our Departments will…
Immigration hardliner resigns from Department of Homeland Security

(CNN) – Immigration hardliner Julie Kirchner, Department of Homeland Security citizenship and immigration ombudsman, offered her resignation to President Donald Trump this week, according to a letter from acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan sent on Monday. Kirchner, who has led the…
The New Geography of American Immigration

The foreign-born population has declined in U.S. states that voted Democratic in 2016, and increased in states and metros that voted for Trump. President Trump’s crackdown on immigration is having its effect, but in unexpected ways. Overall, immigration to the…
US to Remove Limit on How Long Immigrant Children Can be Detained

The Trump administration announced on Wednesday a plan to eliminate a federal court agreement and replace it with a regulation that would allow the government to indefinitely detain migrant children with their parents. By replacing the agreement, known as the…
The US’s Immigration Crackdown Began Decades Ago Under Clinton

The scenes at the southern border — of terrified families and isolated children huddled in dreary makeshift jails — suggest that the federal immigration regime is reaching an unprecedented level of cruelty under Trump. But the border crackdown that is…
Guatemala Immigration Pact Set to Spur Single Migrants to U.S. Border

MEXICO CITY—The immigration pact signed last week between the U.S. and Guatemala would likely change migration dynamics in the region, lessening the flow of asylum-seeking families but raising the number of single migrants who try to enter the U.S. undetected.…
Teachers Being Displaced by Backwards Immigration Law

The H-1B visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations typically is associated with tech industry use. But the visa can have more far-reaching applications, as recent Capitol Hill actions showed. With the H-1B visas…
RI, Mass. Dems Divided Over Decriminalizing Undocumented Immigration

ROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III is the only local House Democrat who supports decriminalizing illegal immigration, as Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation opposes the idea, according to a WPRI 12 survey of their offices. Amid the…
At Town Hall, Perry Jousts Over Trump, Immigration and Guns

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania cast himself as a policy-first worker in Congress in his first town hall meeting this session as he downplayed concerns about Russian meddling in elections and turned away suggestions…