New regulations on asylum, more citizenship question court orders, and more were part of the news this week. Read this week’s roundup to learn more!
1. New regulations create new rules for asylum seekers
The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security published a new rule regarding asylum this week that would effectively end the asylum system as it’s currently structured.
Under the new rule, individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. are required to have first sought asylum in a country they pass through on their way to the U.S. Those individuals who do not seek third-country asylum first, will become ineligible for asylum in the U.S.
The new regulation comes as the Trump Administration seems poised to introduce new immigration legislation that reimagines the immigration system as one based on how an immigrant can financially benefit the U.S. verses their familial ties to individuals within the U.S.
The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for their implementation of the new asylum regulations.
2. Trump Administration won’t grant Venezuelans TPS protections
Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli said in a letter to members of Congress that the Trump Administration would not be granting Temporary Protect Status protections to Venezuelans residing in the U.S.
Venezuela has been in an upheaval since the current government took power under President Nicolás Maduro. At present, about 10% of the Venezuela population has fled the country due to the unrest. Although many fled to neighboring South American countries, there are still quite a few who made their way to the U.S.
Without TPS status or some other type of visa, those who are in the U.S. could be eligible to be sent back to Venezuela.
Read more at NBC News.
3. Weekend ICE raids seem to fizzle
The threatened U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids for this past weekend seem to have fizzled.
Although the raids did not seem to materialized as promised by the Trump Administration, immigrant communities are still feeling their affects as many feel they must stay in their homes until the threat is lifted.
4. Trump Administration banned from adding citizenship question to the Census
A federal judge has issued a total ban on the Trump Administration from adding a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.
The judge went on to say that “The Court will retain jurisdiction in this case to enforce the terms of this Order until the 2020 census results are processed and sent to the President by December 31, 2020.”
This ruling comes after the Supreme Court previously held up a lower court’s ruling blocking the Trump Administration from adding the question, after which President Trump issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to obtain the data through different means.
Read more at CNN.
5. USCIS officials testify before Congress
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee had USCIS officials testify on processing delays and policy changes at USCIS.
Over the past several years, there has been a marked increase in both the time it takes an application to be approved and in denial rates. For example, H-1B visa petitions increased from a 6% denial rate in FY 2015 to a 32% denial rate in FY 2019.
6. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens dies
On Tuesday, retired Justice John Paul Stevens died from complications related to a stroke he had the day before.
Justice Stevens was appointed by President Gerald Ford and left a legacy of being one of the more liberal judges on the Court.
Read more at Reuters.
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