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Jun 24, 2021

Immigration Court System Staggers Amidst Looming Backlog of Asylum Cases

The Immigration Court System is heavily backlogged with 1.3 million asylum cases. With the historic increase in the influx of immigrants entering the United States, immigration judges fear the system will experience a further slowdown.

Customs and Border Protection reported that agents encountered more than 180,000 migrants at the southern border in May alone, the largest number in the last two decades. » Read More

Mar 19, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-up: Sharp Increase in Border Crossings; New Immigration Court Rules Blocked; New Jersey County Sues State Over Enforcement Policy

Border Crossings on Pace to Reach Highest Level in Twenty Years

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Tuesday, March 16, that the number of border crossings at the southern border of the United States is expected to reach its highest level in the past twenty years, raising concerns about safety as both the Biden administration and Congress debate more long-term changes to U.S. » Read More

Mar 12, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Public Charge Rule Terminated; Foreigners Previously Barred from U.S. Can Reapply for Visas; Venezuelans Granted Temporary Protected Status

End of the 2019 Public Charge Rule

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the government’s appeals of court decisions against the “public charge” rule, which had expanded the ability of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny green cards to lower-income immigrants. » Read More

Mar 05, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: U.S. Embassies to Address Visa Backlog; Family Detention Center Closes; Sweeping Immigration Reform Stalls

U.S. Consulates to Prioritize Immigrant Visa Backlog

The Biden administration announced this week that it was directing U.S. embassies and consulates a priority on the processing of fiancé(e) visas and permanent residence visas (better known as “green cards”). The announcement reverses course from the previous administration, which had halted most green card applications filed abroad. » Read More

Feb 23, 2021

Biden’s Executive Orders and Their Impact on Thousands of Pennsylvania Immigrants

Since the Biden administration took office, Executive Orders (EO) on immigration have been rolling out, reviewing and undoing some of the previous administration’s policies. Each of these EOs has widespread repercussions on different immigrant communities and families living inside and outside the United States.  » Read More

Feb 19, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Massive Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Congress; Law Enforcement Officials Support New Jersey Sanctuary City Law

President, Democrats Present Immigration Reform Bill

On Thursday, President Biden and Congressional Democrats released a long-awaited, sweeping bill to provide immigration reform in the United States. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez will introduce the bill to the U.S. Senate.

The bill will affect millions of individuals, both those currently in the United States and those looking to immigrate to the United States in the future. » Read More

Feb 12, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Children Deported to Haiti; Central American Asylum Agreement Suspended; Witnesses Fearing Retribution Now Eligible for Asylum

Several Immigrant, Including Children, Deported to Haiti

Despite the Biden administration’s announcement of a policy that would focus its deportation efforts on terrorists, violent criminals, and other high-priority cases, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) recently deported many immigrants, including several children and infants, to Haiti. » Read More

Feb 11, 2021

James McHenry, Trump Appointed Head of Immigration Courts, Replaced by Jean King

James McHenry, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), who took office during the Trump administration, has stepped down from his role effective January 31, 2021. This move comes as the Biden administration replaces top government officials. The EOIR, a sub-agency of the United States Department of Justice, primarily conducts removal proceedings of noncitizens and adjudicates appeals arising from such removal proceedings. » Read More