Monthly Archives: August 2021

Immigration News from August 16-17, 2021

Refugees and asylum seekers still face barriers to entering the United States. The debacle in Afghanistan is the most recent evidence of U.S. failure to offer safe haven. Perhaps that will finally move the administration to action. 

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Immigration News from August 14-15, 2021

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on Sunday. The United States has failed those who worked for it in Afghanistan. The Special Immigrant Visa process takes an average of two years to  complete. (Migration Policy Institute)  “An estimated 18,000 Afghan … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 13, 2021

Extreme wait times for visa processing disrupt people’s lives, cost them jobs, and—at best— leave them in limbo for years. Slow visa processing keeps family members apart for years, even when they have met all requirements, turned in all paperwork, … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 12, 2021

People with DACA, TPS, or DED have no path to legal residence or citizenship. They are undocumented but “protected” in various ways. Most have lived in the United States for decades, but their temporary protection could end at any time. … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 11, 2021

Shame! Trump ordered asylum seekers flown to Guatemala, where they were unsafe and had no resources. Biden ordered asylum seekers flown to southern Mexico–where Mexican authorities then sent them on to Guatemala, where they are unsafe and have no resources. (Washington … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 10, 2021

Migratory Notes, which publishes regular summaries of immigration news, analyzed national immigration coverage. The full report is an easy and interesting read. Top take-aways:  Coverage focused on illegality and storylines where migrants lack agency— especially detention, enforcement, border, and asylum.  Reporting overemphasized the … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 9, 2021

Some immigration changes are among the provisions of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. Notably, the current version includes a path to citizenship for Dreamers, immigrants with Temporary Protected Status, and essential workers. The path to passage is complicated and … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 7-8, 2021

Not a lot of immigration news over the weekend—and that’s good! Even better, three stories offer good news of immigrants in Minnesota: a Honduran family now leaving sanctuary at Shir Tikvah; Maylary Htoo Apolo, who was honored with the 2021 Minnesota … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 6, 2021

Critical means different things in different places. The situation at the border is critical, with the Border Patrol keeping people under bridges, unsheltered from the extreme heat, as they are (too slowly) processed and then mostly expelled and with ever-growing … Continue reading

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Immigration News from August 5, 2021

The sign above comes from a 2017 Inauguration Day protest. Right now, we are living in that “next time.” Now is the time for us to do better. Two reports this week outline what “doing better” in immigration could look … Continue reading

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