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Asylum-seekers ask judge to order feds to speed up renewals of work permits

Although Department of Homeland Security regulations state applications for renewal of work permits should be adjudicated within 180 days of receipt, asylum seekers told a federal judge Friday the government "is routinely exceeding that deadline, taking 10 months or more."... Read more»

Citizenship applications backlog doubles from 2015 to 2020

The backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, according to a report from a Government Accountability Office that portrays U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a strained and inefficient agency.... Read more»

Trump orders 60-day immigration halt due to CV-19

President Trump said Tuesday that he will halt immigration to the U.S. for the next 60 days, blocking most people from the country as the coronavirus pandemic continues here. ... Read more»

Dems roast CIS head over plan to end 'medical deferred action'

The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services insisted to a House panel that there are no new plans to end “medical deferred action,” but Democrats called the administration “cruel” for considering the notion in the first place.... Read more»

Trump admin rushed sweeping immigration policy, but sloppy mistakes could penalize military families

Trump’s new immigration policy applies more harshly to families of U.S. citizens in the military than to families of noncitizens in the military. Experts think it’s an error that suggests officials are pushing policies even they don’t fully understand.... Read more»

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

Courts and a deadlocked Congress keep DACA program uncertain but applications numbers are soaring as a deadline imposed by the Trump administration nears.... Read more»

McSally, immigration agency directors decry 'loopholes' in asylum law

Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home.... Read more»

Texas GOP divided on immigration crackdown

Though they appear to be universally outraged by President Obama’s executive order affecting millions of undocumented immigrants, Texas Republican leaders are far from united on how to use their own power to police unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.... Read more»

Small changes could make big difference for immigrants

As Congress prepares for what is expected to be a contentious debate over immigration reform, with issues like the DREAM Act and what kind of reforms constitute "amnesty" expected to be at the forefront, immigration lawyers say addressing lesser-known and arcane policies could be just as important and effective.... Read more»1