USCIS Removes "Nation of Immigrants" Language from its mission statement

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that processes applications for immigration status in the United States, has changed its mission statement to eliminate language referring to America's promise as a nation of immigrants.

Supreme Court upholds Travel Ban "3.0" 

Supreme Court allowed the third version of the Trump adminstration Travel Ban to go into effect pending appeals at the Fourth and Ninth Circuits Courts of Appeal. This third version will affect citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and some individuals from Venezuela. 

Enforcement of Travel Ban "3.0" partially blocked by federal court judges in Hawaii and Maryland

A federal court judge in Hawaii has partially blocked enforcement of the Trump Administration's third attempt at a Travel Ban, in a decision which the Administration has indicated it intends to appeal. Separately, a federal court judge in Maryland has also issued an order partially blocking the new ban.

Trump Administration announces new Travel Ban

The Trump Administration has announced a new travel ban, affecting nationals of Chad, Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen, and Venezuela.  The ban will go into effect on October 18, 2017.  In light of this development, the US Supreme Court has removed the pending travel ban case off its docket for oral argument and has asked the parties to submit briefs by October 5 addressing the impact of the new ban on the case before the Court.

DACA program ended by the Trump Administration

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5, 2017 that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program would be rescinded. The terms of the rescission and wind down of the DACA program are contained in a memorandum also released on September 5 by the Department of Homeland Security.

Additional 15000 H2B visas authorized for seasonal workers

John Kelly, the US Department of Homeland Security Secretary has announced plans to release an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign national workers, a move that appears to acknowledge the degree to which American businesses are dependent upon these seasonal workers. 

US Supreme Court to hear Travel Ban Case and Partially Lifts Injunction against Enforcement

The US Supreme Court has decided to take up Trump's Executive Order banning individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and refugees from any country from entering the US for 120 days.  Pending oral arguments this October, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration may partially enforce the travel ban starting Thursday June 29, but that anyone having a “bona fide relationship” with a person or organization in America or with a valid visa may still enter.  The Star Tribune interviewed Minnesota immigration attorneys about the recent decision.  

Farm Labor Shortages Amidst Immigration Policy Changes

The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association examines the affects of Trump's immigration policies on agriculture, concluding that the immigration crackdown will lead to labor shortages. 

Immigration Agents in Minnesota Make More Arrests Under Trump

Since Trump's inauguration, immigration agents in MN and other states have made more arrests than past years. 

Newly Funded Law Clinics at the U of M Law School Focus on Immigration Law

Newly funded clinics at the James H. Binger Center for New Americans help law students gain experience in immigration law, while providing important legal services to the immigrant community in the Twin Cities. 

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case Regarding Expedited Deportation of Immigrants

In a case which challenged the expedited removal of undocumented women and children seeking asylum, the Supreme Court chose to leave a lower court opinion in place, rejecting the claims of the immigrants. 

Immigration Advocates Call for Government Funded Lawyers in Deportation Cases

As the number of immigrants facing removal from the US rises, immigration advocates are calling for government funded attorneys to represent them at their immigration court hearings, stating that they should have a right to legal counsel. 

Minnesota is Receiving a New Immigration Judge, on Temporary Assignment

The immigration court in Bloomington is one of 12 courts receiving temporary immigration judges 

Deportation Threats Enable Worker Exploitation

Fears about deportation are causing undocumented immigrants to refuse to work with the Department of Labor, the Guardian reports. Without cooperation from immigrants, the Department of Labor is unable to crack down on employers who exploit immigrants. 

Rural Areas Brace for Doctor Shortages after DHS Suspends "Premium Processing" 

The Department of Homeland Security has suspended the Premium Processing program, a way to obtain 90 day processing for H-1B nonimmigrant employment-based petitions. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Susan Collins, and Heidi Heitkamp have urged the DHS to continue the program, highlighting an anticipated effect of suspension of the program: doctor shortages in rural communities in the US.  

Federal Judge in Hawaii Freezes Trump's New Travel Ban

On March 15, a Federal Judge in Hawaii issued a freeze of Trump's new executive order that would have barred refugees and individuals from from six Muslim majority countries from entering the United States.

Amnesty International Launches Campaign to Free Children and Mothers Detained by ICE

Amnesty International announced on March 10, that it is launching a new campaign to help free children and mothers detained by ICE for over 500 days. 

Trump's New Travel Ban: What Changed

The Washington Post analyses Trump's latest executive order on immigration which was released on March 6.

America no longer a beacon of light and hope? Asylum seekers flee the US for Canada

The New York Times reports that quiet upstate roads in New York have become busy with refugees seeking to use the roads to enter Canada. Many asylum seekers are fearful for their future if they stay in the U.S.

Trump releases new Executive Order on Travel

On Monday, March 6 Trump released a new Executive Order on travel, which will go into effect on March 16.

American Academy of Pediatrics Opposes Separation of Children and Mothers at the Border

The American Academy of Pediatrics spoke out against a Department of Homeland Security proposal that would separate immigrant mothers from their children at the border.  

Trump Administration's Worsening Relationship with Mexico Could Affect Immigration

Mexico serves as a buffer between U.S. and Central and South American nations, curbing immigration to the U.S. before migrants even reach the U.S. border. Trump's worsening relationship with Mexico could change that.   

Despite recent DHS immigration memoranda, Parole in Place Program will Continue

Amidst fears that recently issued Department of Homeland Security immigration memoranda would extinguish a program for undocumented family members of active duty military personnel,  a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson has stated that the Parole in Place Program for military families will remain intact. 

Department of Homeland Security Releases Implementation Memoranda for Executive Orders

On February 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security released two memos detailing its plan to implement President Trump's immigration related Executive Orders. 

Restaurants Close Throughout the U.S. in Honor of Day Without Immigrants

A nationwide protest, 'Day Without Immigrants' resulted in restaurants closing throughout the nation on February 16, 2017. Many immigrants stayed home from school and work in solidarity, to protest President Trump's immigration policies, and to demonstrate their importance to this country. 

Refugees Walk to Canada to Seek Asylum

Since the inauguration of President Trump, many refugees who fear that the US government will deport them to their home countries are braving dangerous weather conditions to walk across the border to Canada to seek refuge, some requiring medical care for frostbite on arrival in Canada. 

Court of Appeals Rules Against Trump, Refusing to Re-instate Travel Ban

The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court unanimously decided against re-instating Trump's Travel Ban, continuing to stay the executive order until its constitutionality can be decided.  

Trump Human Rights Tracker

The Columbia Human Rights Review and Law School have created the Trump Human Rights Tracker to monitor President Trump's actions and their impact on human rights. 

Minnesota Faith Community United in Defense of Refugees

Religious leaders representing Minnesotan faith groups joined forces to oppose Trump's Muslim Ban. 

What You Need to Know about Sanctuary Cities

Are the Twin Cities considered sanctuary cities? The Pioneer Press explores questions about Sanctuary Cities in the Twin Cities context

Robina Foundation gives $25 million to James H. Binger Center for New Americans

The Robina Foundation gave $25 million to the University of Minnesota Law School to fund the James H. Binger Center for New Americans and Clinical Faculty Professorship. 

Minnesota Lawmakers Respond to Trump's Immigration Order

Minnesota Federal lawmakers have responded to Trump's immigration orders. Democrats in the delegation have spoken out against the ban, and some Republicans have begun to voice their concerns with the order. 

In Reversal, White House Official says Green Card Holders won't be barred from entering the U.S.

On January 29, a White House official stated that US Lawful Permanent Residents from countries affected by President Trump's executive order will not be barred from entering the country, a reversal from the original executive order. 

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide

On January 28, 2017, a federal judge blocked part of Trump's executive order on immigrant admissions to the US. 

Executive Orders on Immigration

President Donald Trump has issued immigration-related executive orders. On January 25, 2017 he signed the executive order entitled Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements and on January 27, he signed the executive order entitled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals 

 USCIS filing fees to increase on December 23, 2016:

The DHS has announced that it will increase USCIS filing fees.  The fee increase will go into effect on December 23, 2016.