ICE Fails to Provide Basic Oversight of Solitary Confinement and Unlawfully Destroys Records

ICE Fails to Provide Basic Oversight of Solitary Confinement  and Unlawfully Destroys Records

Demonstrators call to “Free Them All” during an Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) protest for Javier Maradiaga on February 15, 2021 in New York City. (Shutterstock) By Emily Creighton U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been known to improperly subject individuals in its custody to solitary confinement and has destroyed solitary confinement records […]

Bill Protecting Immigrants from Blackmail Becomes Law in NY

Bill Protecting Immigrants from Blackmail Becomes Law in NY

Governor Hochul speaks before signing package of bills to fight opioid crisis with activists and elected officials at her side at John Jay College. – New York, NY – October 7, 2021 (Shutterstock) Elmont, NY: On October 9, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable immigrant New Yorkers from those who would […]

Murky Immigration Reform, at a Crossroads

Murky Immigration Reform, at a Crossroads

By Maribel Hastings and David Torres, America’s Voice The proposal to grant only work permits and protection from deportation to some seven to eight million undocumented immigrants is the most recent alternative that the Democrats are trying to include in the Senate’s budget reconciliation, after the rejection of measures that contain a path to citizenship […]

The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year

The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year

President Joe Biden arrives for the United States-European Union Summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium on June 15, 2021. (Shutterstock) By Walter Ewing The Biden administration failed to issue more than 200,000 permanent resident visas (or “green cards”) that were allotted in fiscal year 2021 for immigrants sponsored by U.S. employers or family […]

The Lingering Effects of 9/11 on Immigrants

The Lingering Effects of 9/11 on Immigrants

By Linda Nwoke The month of September remains a significant month in the history of the United States since that fateful event of 9/11. A day that informed the design and implementation of several immigration policies to forestall possible threats of terrorism with a resultant impact by immigrants. With a laser focus on detecting and […]

In Advance of NYC Council Hearing, Immigrant Advocates Push for Critical Bill Expanding Immigrant Municipal Voting Rights

In Advance of NYC Council Hearing, Immigrant Advocates Push for Critical Bill Expanding Immigrant Municipal Voting Rights

New York, NY – Today, the Our City, Our Vote Coalition (OCOV), led by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and United Neighborhood Houses, were joined by immigrant rights and civic engagement advocates and allies to demand the immediate passage of New York City Council bill Intro 1867, which would expand the right to vote […]

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. We are updating our policy guidance in accordance with […]

Economists Urge Democratic Leaders to Pass Immigration Revamp in Budget Reconciliation Bill

Economists Urge Democratic Leaders to Pass Immigration Revamp in Budget Reconciliation Bill

By Priscilla Alvarez and Daniella Diaz, CNN (CNN) – A group of economists urged congressional leadership to add a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants to a budget reconciliation bill, arguing that it would bolster the US economy, according to a letter obtained by CNN. The more than 50 economists, including former President Barack Obama’s […]

Trump’s Policy Virus Continues to Spread

Trump’s Policy Virus Continues to Spread

By Maribel Hastings, America’s Voice Judging by recent events on various fronts, from immigration to abortion and voting rights, it seems that the hand of Donald Trump and his Republican accomplices are scoring victories, even if they control neither the White House nor Congress. In the same way that Covid-19 mutates into increasingly contagious and […]

USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months

USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months

Starting Sept. 4, 2021, USCIS is extending the time that receipt notices can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. We are making the change […]

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