Immigration update

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Updates and news

Haiti TPS (Temporary Protected Status): After much public pressure, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that TPS for more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. will be extended by 6 months to January 22, 2018. TPS is typically renewed for 18-month periods and the DHS statement made it clear there is no guarantee the status will be renewed past January.

Refugee and travel ban: Two appeals courts heard arguments on the Trump administration’s refugee and travel ban earlier this month. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction against the travel ban. The Ninth Circuit has yet to make its ruling. Read more about the two cases and the real-life consequences of the bans.

Increased criminal prosecutions: In April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took steps to increase immigration-related prosecutions (Detention Watch Network analysis in English and Spanish). In May, Sessions issued new policies for federal prosecutors regarding drug crimes.

2017 budget: Find details about what was included in the recently passed 2017 fiscal year budget: Brief summary | Implications for the border wall | Border wall 1-pager | Detailed summary

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Upcoming events

September 11-15: MCC Immigration Law Training


New resources

Resources for congregations to use on World Refugee Day, June 20 (Church World Service)

Indefensible Podcast Series (Immigrant Defense Project): Stories of people resisting deportation

Crossing the line: U.S. border agents illegally reject asylum seekers (Human Rights First)

US: Detention Hazardous to Immigrants’ Health (CIVIC)

Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers (Project South and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights)


Local stories, events and resources

Conservative Indiana town rallies around immigrant facing deportation (Chicago Tribune)

5 things you need to know about Texas’ “sanctuary cities” ban (Texas Tribune) HPI fact sheet | NIF fact sheet

Special Investigation: Immigration’s Due Process Dispute (WAVY TV, Virginia)

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Update created May 26, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.

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