U.S. Unveils Sponsorship Program to Resettle Ukrainian Refugees, Discourage Travel to U.S.-Mexico Border

U.S. Unveils Sponsorship Program to Resettle Ukrainian Refugees, Discourage Travel to U.S.-Mexico Border

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News The Biden administration is launching a program that will allow U.S. citizens and groups to financially sponsor Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion of their country so that they can come to the U.S. sooner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and President Biden announced Thursday. Ukrainians who are selected […]

Moving Past Politics: How States are Leading on Immigrant and Refugee Inclusion

Moving Past Politics: How States are Leading on Immigrant and Refugee Inclusion

02-03-2022 Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico – A group of migrants from South America crossed the Rio Bravo border between Mexico and the United States to request asylum. (Shutterstock) By Rich Andre, Immigration Impact While much of today’s immigration debate is laser-focused on the U.S.-Mexico border, states across the country are increasingly creating their own policies that […]

Ukrainians Seeking Refuge at the U.S.-Mexico Border Stuck in Legal Limbo

“I’m so stressed. I can’t think straight,” one Ukrainian father said as he waited for his daughter to be processed by immigration officials. “I just want to hug my daughter.”

Ukrainians Seeking Refuge at the U.S.-Mexico Border Stuck in Legal Limbo

Siret Border, Romania – February 26, 2022. Ukrainian refugees. (Shutterstock) By Alicia Victoria Lozano SAN DIEGO — Armed with a backpack and a smartphone, Ihor Solomko paced back and forth outside the San Ysidro Port of Entry at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, anxiously waiting for news from his eldest daughter, who was stopped by border […]

Why Are Afghans Facing Significant Delays in Humanitarian Parole and Refugee Processing?

Why Are Afghans Facing Significant Delays in Humanitarian Parole and Refugee Processing?

Kabul, Afghanistan, August 1, 2021. Refugee children after the collapse of the country in August 2021 by the Taliban in the North of the country. (Shutterstock) By Raul Pinto, Immigration Impact The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in August 2021—as the country’s government was overtaken by the Taliban—led to the chaotic evacuation of thousands […]

Refugees Stream out of Ukraine – Can the World Cope?

Refugees Stream out of Ukraine – Can the World Cope?

Lviv, Ukraine – February 26, 2022. People in railway station of western Ukrainian city of Lviv waiting for the train to Poland. (Shutterstock) By Linda Nwoke It’s been over twelve days since the commencement of Russia’s offensive attack and onslaught against Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The UN reports more than 1400 civilian casualties, including […]

This USCIS Policy Change Will Reunite Vulnerable LGBTQ Refugee and Asylum Couples

This USCIS Policy Change Will Reunite Vulnerable LGBTQ Refugee and Asylum Couples

By Andrew Lim, Immigration Impact In February, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed Trump administration guidance that limited recognition of marriages performed abroad only to those considered “valid” in the country where they took place. This narrow interpretation of the “place-of-celebration” rule left many refugees and asylees without a way to reunite with their […]

Title 42, the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis, and U.S. Immigration Policy

Title 42, the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis, and U.S. Immigration Policy

Hungary-Beregsurany, 02.26.2022. Ukrainian families flee the war across the Hungarian border to a peaceful area. (Shutterstock) By MSNBC Allen Orr joins José Díaz-Balart to discuss migrants applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. “We call the people from Europe that are coming here now refugees. We call the people coming here from Central America illegal […]

Black and Brown Refugees are Once Again Being Turned Away in Europe Amid Ukraine Migrant Crisis

Black and Brown Refugees are Once Again Being Turned Away in Europe Amid Ukraine Migrant Crisis

Budapest, Hungary – 03 01 2022: War refugees are waiting at the train station while the Hungarian red cross and volunteers are giving out clothes, food, water, pillows and other donations. (Shutterstock) By Grace Hauck, USA Today Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen were stranded at the border of Belarus and Poland […]

USCIS Issues Guidance on Informal Marriages for Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status

USCIS Issues Guidance on Informal Marriages for Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) announced guidance recognizing that a spousal relationship may exist for the purpose of obtaining derivative refugee or asylee status, in certain circumstances, if there is evidence of an informal marriage. This guidance applies to the adjudication of a pending or newly filed Form I-589, […]

Biden’s ‘Secret’ Flights of Migrants Debunked as a Routine Part of the US Immigration System

Biden’s ‘Secret’ Flights of Migrants Debunked as a Routine Part of the US Immigration System

A group of Central American families being transported to a processing center after turning themselves in to the Border Patrol to seek asylum boards a bus. – La Joya, TX, USA – Nov. 16, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigration Impact Some media outlets have reached a fever pitch over what they have deemed President […]