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Feb 05, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Executive Orders; Deportations Continue; Protection Extended for Syrian Nationals

Biden Administration’s New Executive Orders on Immigration

On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed three executive orders on immigration, further crystalizing his agenda for the next four years.

The first executive order officially creates a task force that will seek to reunite families that were separated at the border during the previous administration, specifically revoking former President Trump’s executive order that established the child separation policy. » Read More

Jan 30, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Halt to Deportation Moratorium; New Leadership Forming at Department of Homeland Security; Biden’s New Executive Actions

Federal Court Freezes 100-Day Deportation Pause

On January 26, 2021, a federal judge in Texas, following a challenge by the Texas State Attorney General’s Office, issued a 14-day nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of President Biden’s 100-day pause on most deportations as part of his many executive actions regarding immigration. » Read More

Jan 26, 2021

DHS and States Sign SAFE Agreement That Could Obstruct Biden’s Upcoming Immigration Policies

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed agreements with many states that will pose a threat to the Biden administration’s goals. The DHS has signed the Sanctuary for Americans First Enactment Agreement (SAFE) with Arizona, Louisiana, Indiana, and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. » Read More

Jan 15, 2021

Weekly Round-Up: Google Backs DACA and Immigration Reform; Court Blocks White House Efforts to Stop Refugee Resettlement; Acting DHS Director Resigns

Google Backs Biden’s Immigration Efforts and Covers DACA Fees

On Wednesday, following President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement that he would propose immigration legislation to Congress immediately after his inauguration, tech giant Google issued a statement that the company would support these immigration efforts. » Read More

Jan 08, 2021

Weekly Round-Up: Visa Restrictions Extended; DNA Testing for Sponsors of Noncitizen Minor Children; Stricter Financial Requirements for Intending Immigrants Take Effect

Trump Administration Extends Restrictions on Visa Applications for Foreign Workers

The White House has extended through March 31, 2021, restrictions on visa applications and entry into the United States for certain foreign national workers. The restrictions had been set to expire on December 31, 2020. » Read More

Dec 31, 2020

ICE Extends Remote I-9 Verification Policy Through January 31, 2021

On December 23, 2020, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension to its remote Form I-9 verification policy through January 31, 2021. The policy had been set to expire on December 31, 2020. This extension helps employers who are working remotely due to the COVID-19 emergency to verify their new hires. » Read More

Dec 15, 2020

Federal Judge Orders DACA Reinstated, New Applications Accepted

On November 14, 2020, United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is now accepting new applications. DACA protects eligible immigrant youth who entered the United States as minors and have accrued unlawful presence. » Read More