The U.S. Administration is ordering immigration enforcement agencies to change how they talk about immigrants. The terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation” are out — replaced by more equitable terms like “undocumented noncitizen” and “integration.” The new guidance is laid out in a pair of detailed memos sent Monday by the heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to roll back the
Immigration, Immigration Reform

November 5, 2021

Build Back Better and Immigration

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The latest version of the U.S. Administration’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill includes immigration provisions that would give up to 10 years of work authorization for undocumented people living in the U.S. The Build Back Better package released by the House on Wednesday does not provide a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented people already living in the U.S. It instead relies on a process known as parole to waive immigration requirements
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Effective October 1, 2021, the CDC will require all immigrant visa applicants, all K fiancé(e) visa applicants, and nonimmigrant visa applicants who are referred to the panel physicians to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon before completion of the immigration medical examination. The CDC requires the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved through either the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All immigrant visa applicants and others
Immigration, Immigration Reform

October 5, 2021

2023 U.S. Visa Lottery to Open

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The U.S. government announced on Friday that registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for Fiscal Year 2023 (DV-2023), popularly known as the visa lottery, will officially start accepting applications on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at noon. The entry period for the immigration program — which will allocate up to 55,000 immigrant visas or green cards in 2023 — will close about a month later, on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at noon. The 2023 Diversity Visa Program
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August 30, 2021

“Remain in Mexico” Asylum Policy Revival

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The Supreme Court issued an order declining to stop the revival of a prior Administriation’s border policy that requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are reviewed by U.S. immigration judges. The high court’s conservative supermajority denied the current Administration’s emergency request to continue the suspension of a federal judge’s order that requires U.S. border officials to reinstate the program. U.S. officials have now been instructed to stop processing and admitting asylum-seekers who
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