August 8th – Migration Update

On August 3, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, 2-1, that the Biden administration could keep its restrictive asylum policy in place as it considers its appeal to a reversal of the policy by a federal district court. The Biden rule, known as the “transit” or “asylum” ban, denies asylum to anyone who failed

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Kerry Alys Robinson appointed Catholic Charities USA president and CEO

Alexandria, Va. – Kerry Alys Robinson, a renowned expert in Catholic leadership and philanthropy, will serve as the next president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). When Robinson begins her tenure at CCUSA on August 23, 2023, she will become only the second layperson and second woman to guide the domestic humanitarian work of

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Migration Update – July 25, 2023

According to government data, the Biden administration has authorized the legal entry of a record 521,000 migrants into the United States over the past two years through its humanitarian parole authority. The figure includes over 160,000 Ukrainians, 148,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and about 77,000 Afghan evacuees. The use of humanitarian parole to facilitate entry

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Law360 Article Examines the Causes, Composition and Solutions to the US Immigration Court Backlog

On July 19, Law360 published the attached commentary entitled A Blueprint For Addressing The Immigration Court Backlog, by Donald Kerwin. This article addresses the US immigration court backlog, which it attributes to systemic problems in the broader US immigration system. “It would be a mistake to blame the backlog on EOIR [the Executive Office for Immigration Review] or

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Migration Update – July 19, 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new parole process for family members of US citizens or permanent residents with approved family-based petitions from Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. According to DHS, qualified family members will be eligible to apply, upon invitation, for parole to join their family members in the United States

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ICYMI: New Report on Immigration Court Backlog

On May 25, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) released a paper entitled, The US Immigration Courts, Dumping Ground for the Nation’s Systemic Immigration Failures: The Causes, Composition, and Politically Difficult Solutions to the Court Backlog, by Donald Kerwin and Evin Millet. The paper examines several causes and solutions to the massive backlog

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