Our Latest Updates – Archive

Trump Administration Updates Citizenship Test
12/3/2020 -

Critics say the test is now unnecessarily difficult, requires a higher level of English fluency, and accuse the administration of limiting citizenship for political reasons.

Colorado and Florida Vote to Amend Constitutions to Include Citizenship Requirement for Voting
11/4/2020 -

Colorado and Florida voters passed Amendment 76 and Amendment 1 respectively to amend the state constitutions to include a citizenship requirement for voting. Both constitutions are expected to be amended to state that “only a citizen” who is 18 years of age or older may vote.

Some Immigration Fees to Increase
8/7/2020 -

Online naturalization application fees will increase from $640 to $1,160, and the US will join only three other countries (Australia, Fiji, and Iran) that charge a fee for asylum seekers with a $50 charge.

Supreme Court Blocks Effort to End DACA
6/18/2020 -

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration had not given adequate justification for ending the program, leaving DACA in place. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion, “The dispute before the Court is not whether [Department of Homeland Security] may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.”

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Sanctuary Policy Case
6/15/2020 -

The Supreme Court declined to review United States v. California, No. 19-532. As a result, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling stands, allowing California’s sanctuary policy to remain in effect.

Estimated 10.5 Million Undocumented Immigrants in US in 2017
6/9/2020 -

There were an estimated 10.5 million undocumented immigrants in the US in 2017 (the most current numbers), down from the 10.7 million estimated in 2016, continuing a downward trend that started in 2011.

Illegal Border Crossings from Canada to US Increased 184% from 2016 to 2019
5/12/2020 -

Illegal border crossings from Canada to the United States increased from 558 people in 2016 to 1,586 people in 2019.

Federal Appeals Court Rules against Withholding Funds from Sanctuary Cities
5/1/2020 -

The Apr. 30 ruling contradicts a different appeals court ruling in February, setting the stage for a possible Supreme Court case. President Trump on Wednesday stated that he doesn’t want to provide COVID-19 aid to states or cities with sanctuary policies.

No COVID-19 Student Federal Aid or Stimulus Checks for Undocumented Immigrants and Spouses
4/22/2020 -

According to federal guidance and the CARES Act, student federal aid may not be distributed to undocumented students; undocumented immigrants will not receive stimulus checks; and US citizens who are married to and file taxes jointly with an undocumented immigrant will not receive stimulus checks for themselves or their children.

Trump Tweets He Will Halt Immigration during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
4/21/2020 -

The executive order was still being drafted but is expected to suspend new green cards and work visas.

US Immigration Policy Adjusted in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
3/19/2020 -

The Trump administration has made a variety changes from travel restrictions to closing immigration courts in response to the virus.

Federal Court Rules Trump Administration Can Withhold Federal Funding from Sanctuary Cities
3/5/2020 -

In light of this new development, explore the pros and cons of sanctuary jurisdiction polices.

New Jersey to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses
12/20/2019 -

– New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill on Dec. 19, 2019 that will create two types of driver’s licenses, one will be the federally compliant REAL ID and the other will be a Standard Basic ID that will be available to all New Jersey residents regardless of immigration status.

Deportation Fears Linked to High Blood Pressure in Immigrant Women
12/2/2019 -

A Nov. 2019 study linked fear of deportation to high blood pressure in immigrant women.

Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?
11/12/2019 -

On Nov. 12, 2019, the Supreme Court heard arguments related to the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offers temporary protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children.