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Policy Update: Changes in ICE Guidance Will Impede Access to Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

By Admin | Aug 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Policy Update: Changes in ICE Guidance Will Impede Access to Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Late last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a new fact sheet  outlining when they will grant “stays” of deportation to crime victims who have cooperated with law enforcement investigations applying for a U visa.  This new guidance will create enormous barriers for survivors of violence; it eliminates critical procedural safeguards and will lead…

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Policy Update: DHS Publishes Harmful New U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

By Admin | Aug 5, 2019 |

It is beyond overwhelming to track the myriad ways, large and small, in which DHS’ policy is eroding access to critical immigration protections, including those designed to protect immigrant crime survivors. Sometimes these policy changes don’t grab headlines, but they all contribute to DHS’ calculated and callous plan to weaken existing paths to immigration benefits.…

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By Ahlam Moussa | Jul 31, 2019 |

Stop the Fear. Stop the Deportations. Stop the Abuse. – Order Today! Immigrant victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault are exceedingly vulnerable in the U.S. today, too terrified to tell anyone they need help. As our government significantly ramps up deportation, ASISTA continues it’s fight for immigrant victims’ rights, and it’s support of the…

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Press Statement: ASISTA Response to DHS’ New Expanded Expedited Removal Policy

By Admin | Jul 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Press Statement: ASISTA Response to DHS’ New Expanded Expedited Removal Policy

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2019 – Expansion of Expedited Removal Erodes Due Process and Creates Increased Barriers for Vulnerable Survivors ASISTA denounces the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to expand its ability to fast-track deportation procedures that would leave thousands, including immigrant survivors of crime, vulnerable to deportation without critical due process protections.

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Practice Advisory: Tips for Representing U Visa Respondents

By Admin | Jul 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Advisory: Tips for Representing U Visa Respondents

ASISTA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently published a new in-depth practice advisory that contains updates in policy and survivor-based advocacy strategies for U visa applicants at different stages of removal proceedings. This includes strategies for helping U visa applicants with final or prior orders of removal, those currently in removal proceedings, and…

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Practice Update: Form I-539 Extensions of Status & Passport Requirements for U nonimmigrants

By Admin | Jul 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Update: Form I-539 Extensions of Status & Passport Requirements for U nonimmigrants

ASISTA has prepared a brief advisory to address the recent trends regarding adjudication of I-539 extensions for U nonimmigrants. Practitioners report that USCIS is issuing Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs asking for proof that the applicant had a valid passport at the time of filing. This advisory contains practice…

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Serving Survivors Who May be At Risk of Immigration Enforcement Actions

By Admin | Jul 11, 2019 |

ASISTA condemns the Administration’s plans for mass raids, now slated to start this Sunday. These mass immigration enforcement actions create immense fear in communities nationwide. For immigrant survivors of violence, these raids exacerbate the trauma and fear they already endure because of the abuse they have experienced. Advocates can help address this fear by providing…

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Resources for those Serving Survivors at Risk of Enforcement Actions

By Admin | Jun 28, 2019 |

Last week, the Administration announced that they would delay the mass raids scheduled for last week. Even though these actions have been briefly delayed, the announcement of these mass immigration enforcement actions created immense fear nationwide. For immigrant survivors of violence, this news exacerbates the trauma and fear they already endure because of the abuse they…

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By Ahlam Moussa | Jun 26, 2019 |

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Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

By Admin | Jun 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

On June 5, 2019, USCIS published another notice and opportunity for comment on their proposed fee waiver changes. These changes were initially proposed in September 2018, and later addressed in a second opportunity for comment in April 2019. This third notice provides additional details regarding USCIS’ rationale for adjusting the fee waiver form and practices. …

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