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The TikTok Trend That Has Immigration Lawyers Worried

Originally Published in Mother Jones Isabela Dias - April 7, 2021 Flashy ads promise easy visas and green cards. There’s a reason they seem too good to be true. Mother Jones illustration; Getty; Wikipedia Creating a TikTok account falls into the category of things Norma Sepulveda wouldn’t have done before the pandemic. She thought of ...

A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World

Originally Published in The New York Times Min Jin Lee - April 7, 2021 Credit...Grace J. Kim This past year, I’ve spent most of my time in my drafty office in Harlem, where the water leak from the lintel above the south-facing window has reappeared after some bad weather. The elementary school across the street ...

Their Lawsuit Prevented 400,000 Deportations. Now It’s Biden’s Call.

Originally Published in The New York Times Marcela Valdes - April 7, 2021 Trump tried to end a 30-year program that shielded migrants, many fleeing conditions that U.S. foreign policy helped foster. What does America owe them? Cristina Morales got the news that she was going to lose her legal right to live and work ...

Sam Bernsen, 101, former general counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, dies of covid-19

Originally Published in The Washington Post Kyle Swenson - April 6, 2021 Sam Bernsen enjoyed tennis after his retirement from the legal profession. (Stuart Bernsen) When Sam Bernsen was born in the summer of 1919, the world was still in the throes of an influenza pandemic. One hundred and one years later, he died in ...

Opinion: An Uber Eats driver’s killing was caught on video. It showed every immigrant’s worst nightmare.

Originally Published in The Washington Post Opinion by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh - April 6, 2021 Mohammad Anwar, 66, died during an attempted carjacking on March 23 in Southeast D.C., police said. (Courtesy of Anwar family) Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is founder of MuslimGirl.com and author of “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age.” Mohammad Anwar’s death didn’t have to ...

Arrests and deportations of immigrants in US illegally drop under Biden with shift in priorities

Originally Published in CNN Geneva Sands - April 6, 2021 (CNN) The number of people arrested and deported for being in the US illegally has dropped under President Joe Biden after his administration narrowed its enforcement focus to those who may pose a threat or have criminal backgrounds, marking a shift from the policies under the ...

Biden records video welcoming new US citizens for naturalization ceremonies

Originally Published in CNN Kevin Liptak and Kate Sullivan - April 5, 2021 (CNN) President Joe Biden recorded a video that will be played at naturalization ceremonies welcoming new US citizens in which he thanks them for choosing the United States and invokes his own ancestors who emigrated from Ireland. "I want to thank you for ...

It’s time to remember what ‘asylum’ really means

Originally Published in CNN Opinion by Pramila Jayapal and Joanne Lin - April 5, 2021 Pramila Jayapal is the US Representative for Washington's Seventh Congressional District and the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Joanne Lin directs Amnesty International USA's Advocacy and Government Affairs Department. For nearly 15 years, she has advocated for the rights ...

What’s Driving the Surge at the Southern Border?

Originally Published in The New York Times Giovanni Raffaello - April 5, 2021 Migrants in La Joya, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande on rafts to enter the United States from Mexico.Credit...Adrees Latif/Reuters For a relatively popular Biden administration, the recent surge of migrants at the southern border has emerged as a glaring vulnerability. A ...
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