US Citizenship Extended to Children Born From ART

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is revising its definitions for whether a child would be considered a citizen based on their parentage. The new definitions will now extend to children who are born with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), allowing them to gain American citizenship from their parents. For some children, this will allow them for the first time to obtain American citizenship they would have had previously if they were not born through ART. Continue reading “US Citizenship Extended to Children Born From ART”

Federal Judge Rules DACA Unconstitutional

A federal court judge has ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unconstitutional, putting it and every immigrant that has benefitted from it into jeopardy. The ruling, issued on Friday, July 16, may potentially impact thousands of people who would otherwise have been eligible for DACA protection. However, it is not necessarily over yet for DACA, as the decision may yet be appealed. Continue reading “Federal Judge Rules DACA Unconstitutional”

HHS Set to Use Pandemic Funds for Unaccompanied Children

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that money originally allocated for dealing with the pandemic will be reallocated to assist with pandemic-related issues involving unaccompanied migrant children. The move will reallocate around $860 million to deal with additional costs related to helping unaccompanied children who came across the border before and during the pandemic. This is intended to help ensure their safety, and pay for additional costs for sheltering them. Continue reading “HHS Set to Use Pandemic Funds for Unaccompanied Children”

POTUS Restores Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases

In a recently issued memorandum, President Biden restored the prosecutorial discretion of immigration attorneys working for Immigration and Customs Services (ICE). The memo restores the ability of ICE attorneys to prosecute or administratively close cases, and urges them to consider “humanitarian factors” that might impact the case. This memo comes at a time when an unprecedented number of immigration cases now sit before courts across the country. Continue reading “POTUS Restores Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases”

DHS Announces TPS Status for Burmese and Haitian Nationals

The United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is allowing Burmese and Haitian nationals to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These nationals, if they meet the specified criteria, will be able to legally reside within the United States so long as they have TPS. However, anyone in the U.S. who hails from Myanmar (the modern name for Burma) or Haiti must apply before the 180 day application window ends, or else miss out on their opportunity. Continue reading “DHS Announces TPS Status for Burmese and Haitian Nationals”

USCIS Institutes New Immigrant Visa Priority System

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted a new immigrant visa priority system that will affect how immigrant visas are processed. This new system is intended to help sort through a backlog of immigrant visa applications, which has grown to an extraordinary size due to COVID-19. It is also meant to help those who have been most negatively impacted by the immigration backlog, by ensuring their visa applications are processed more quickly. Continue reading “USCIS Institutes New Immigrant Visa Priority System”