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  • Congress: Immigration Backlog of 2.3 Million Cases is Alarming

    May 18,2019

    The backlog of immigration cases has reached an alarming high—high enough to steal the attention of Congress. Now more than 80 Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen have united to ask the Government Accountability Office to find out why. Describing the extent of processing delays for immigration benefits and applications as being at “crisis levels,” the lawmakers...

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  • HUD: 55,000 Legal Children Could Face Displacement With New Government Rule

    May 17,2019

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported this week that more than 55,000 children living in the U.S. legally may be displaced by the government’s new plan to kick undocumented immigrants out of public housing, according to media. This new HUD rule, published on Friday, comes on the heels of HUD Secretary...

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  • Federal Judge: ICE Agents Cannot Use Immigration Interview as Unsuspecting Trap

    May 11,2019

    In what is being called a ruling that may benefit those who are fighting deportation orders, U.S. District Judge George Hazel has extended a previous order blocking the deportation of Wanrong Lin. Lin, a native of China, is married to a U.S. citizen and he has three children that are also U.S. citizens. Lin was...

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  • DOJ Drafts Regulations to Make Deportation of “Public Charge” Immigrants Easier

    May 10,2019

    In its newest move toward immigration reform, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has just announced that it has drafted regulation that dramatically expands the classification of people who could face deportation based on the fact that they receive government benefits. The government considers immigrants who are dependent on the U.S. government to subsist as “public...

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  • What is the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Classification?

    May 04,2019

    Special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) classification is a special immigrant classification that is sometimes granted to non-citizens residing in the United States who require the protection of a juvenile court due to abuse, abandonment or neglect by their parent(s). The granting of SIJ status may qualify the non-citizen to become a lawful permanent resident and is...

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  • Repatriate Our Patriots Act Reintroduced to Protect Non-Citizens Vets

    May 03,2019

    Perhaps no deportation stories are sadder and more shocking than those involving veterans of the United States’ own military who are deported from the U.S. after laying down their very lives for the country they love. But even the brave men and women who bear arms in the name of the U.S. are not immune...

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  • Refugee Resettlement Decline Pushes Utah Into Labor Shortage

    April 27,2019

    With fewer and fewer refugees being resettled in the United States, Utah finds itself in the midst of a labor shortage. Unemployment in Utah is relatively low, so very few Utahns are looking for work. This makes for a shortage of workers to fill jobs in the service and hospitality industries—jobs that are traditionally held...

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  • ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Reality TV Star Facing Deportation

    April 26,2019

    Reality TV’s Joe Giudice is slowly inching closer to deportation after an appeal to remain in the United States was dismissed this month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Board of Immigration Appeals. Giudice hails from Italy, and if ICE has its way, he will be forced to return there. The star is currently under ICE...

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  • HB 244 Protecting Noncitizens from Automatic Deportation Signed Into Law

    April 20,2019

    Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 244 into law in late March in what is seen as a step toward immigration reform in the state. HB 244 puts an end to misdemeanor convictions being interpreted as aggravated felonies for noncitizens. This helps those accused of crimes that are petty as shoplifting to avoid automatic deportation....

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  • Officials Re-Sign Utah Compact, Reaffirming Utah’s Family-Friendly Stance on Immigration

    April 19,2019

    Business, civic and religious leaders from all over Utah came together in 2009 to create and sign the Utah Compact. This document was a pledge to treat immigrants to the state humanely, preserve the family unit, and focus only on deporting serious criminals. These same groups came back together in late March, nearly a decade...

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