March 2023 Immigration Update

March 2023 Immigration Update

New Deal for New Americans Act Reintroduced

Global Cleveland is proud to be an endorsing organization on the New Deal for New Americans Act. The New Deal for New Americans proposes a number of significant policy changes including:

  • Creating a Federal Office of New Americans whose job it would be to work on and propose solutions to immigrants facing issues
  • Establishing multiple grant programs that would provide funding for naturalization and permanent residence applications, English education, and workforce programming
  • Increasing refugee admissions levels, remove financial barriers to citizenship, create an automatic voter registration at naturalization, among others

Fairness to Freedom Act to be Introduced in Congress in April

This act being introduced for the first time seeks to accomplish two primary goals:

  • To establish the right to counsel in immigration court as a federal right
  • To provide funding for and guidelines for the creation of a system to provide individuals in immigration who cannot afford representation with legal representation

There is substantial evidence that one of the greatest factors in determining the result of deportation proceedings, asylum hearings, and other immigration court functions is whether or not the migrant has legal counsel. This bill seeks to make a fairer immigration court process and ensure that all regardless of economic status receive fair hearings and equitable results in immigration courts.

Texas Senator John Cornyn proposing a potential legislative veto on the Process for Cuban, Venezuelans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans

As we mentioned in our January Newsletter, the Biden-Harris administration as part of their effort to relief tension at the border began a new Humanitarian-Parole process for Cubans, Venezuelans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans comparable to the U4U parole process for Ukrainians. Senator John Cornyn is preparing to bring a challenge against this executive action in the legislature. If it were to pass with a simple majority in both houses of congress, than the Process for Cubans, Venezuelans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans would end.

U.S. and Canada Announce Shared new Asylum Policy for the U.S.-Canada Border

This deal contains a large number of details, but fundamentally it means harsher punishments for migrants crossing the border between ports of entry both ways on the U.S. Canada Border. This will mean greater enforcement and more deportations on the U.S. Northern Border It also means that a migrant who arrives in Canada most apply for asylum in Canada and cannot cross to United States and claim asylum, and vice versa. The intent is to discourage border crossings as the rate at the North Border has steadily been increasing over the last year. Its effectiveness remains to be seen. As part of the deal the Canadian government has agreed to accept an additional 15,000 per year migrants from Central and South America. 

Official Gov. Factsheet 

USCIS Redesignates TPS for Somalia 

All Somalians residing in the United States as of January 11,2023 are eligible to apply or reapply for TPS. This redesignation has been implemented as of March 18, 2023 and will expire on September 17, 2024 

Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Somalia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months | Homeland Security ( 

Reparole of Ukrainians  

Prior to the implementation of the Uniting for Ukraine parole program last summer, over 20,000 Ukrainians were admitted to the United States at the Southern Border. Unlike Ukrainians that came later through the Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) program and received a 2-year legal status and work authorization, those who came during March and April of 2022 only received a 1-year legal status and work authorization. The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that they will be reviewing and reparoling Ukrainians who came before U4U was implemented and are at risk of losing their legal status and work authorization this Spring. 

U.S. to extend legal stay of Ukrainian refugees processed along Mexican border – CBS News 

As a reminder, many Afghans who were given 2-year parole after the U.S. Withdrawal in 2021 are facing a similar concern this fall. Tens of thousands of these Afghans have yet to receive a permanent legal status. The Afghan Adjustment Act in congress was supposed to avert this crisis by creating a path to permanent status. However, after it failed to pass last year and it is looking doubtful that it will pass this year, the Biden-Harris Administration may need to step in to avert the crisis of tens of thousands of Afghans losing their work status and deportation protections. 

Potential Resumption of Family Detention Processes

Multiple unnamed sources with the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS leaked to the press that the Biden-Harris administration is considering a resumption of Family detention at immigration facilities along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Family Detention was started by the Obama-Biden Administration in 2014 and continued under the Trump-Pence Administration until the Biden-Harris Administration ended in early 2021.

Many immigration experts believe that the resumption of Family Detention would be a major misstep. It was found to be inhumane, with conditions in facilities being severely lacking, and the program was also very costly.

USCIS Ends Pandemic Related Paperwork Deadline Flexibility

During the COVID-19 Pandemic USCIS provided deadline flexibility for those who filled paperwork with the agency. This flexibility has come to an end as of March 23rd, 2023. Applications for extensions in individual circumstances will still be considered on a case-by-case basis.

USCIS Announces New Service Center

USCIS has announced a new Humanitarian, Adjustment, Removing Conditions, and Travel Documents (HART) Service Center. This center is the sixth USCIS service center and will focus on handling applications and processes related to Humanitarian Visas, status adjustment, removing conditions for visa holders, and issuing travel documents to non-citizens.

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February 2023 Immigration Update

February 2023 Immigration Update

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Senate Introduces 2023 Version of the DREAM Act

Senator Lindsay Graham (R- South Carolina) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) reintroduced the DREAM Act to the Senate on February 9th, 2023. If passed into law, the DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came into the country as minors and colloquially known as Dreamers.

Biden-Harris Administration announces end to COVID-19 Pandemic Health Emergency Declaration 

Title 42, the current health policy used to rapidly expel asylum seekers and other migrants at the Southern Border, will end with expiration of COVID-19 Emergency Status. Title 42 is a health and safety policy it has effectively been used as a de facto immigration policy for the last 3 years. 

  • Title 42 allows for the closure of ports of entry and rapid expulsion of individuals crossing the border, ostensibly to prevent the spread of disease 
  • The last two Presidential administrations have used Title 42 to expulse asylum seekers caught crossing the border 
  • A Title 42 expulsion is not the same as a formal deportation order and bears none of the same long-term legal ramifications 
  • As a result, the use of Title 42 was relatively ineffective as many individuals who were apprehended and expulsed were apprehended again, sometime multiple times, as people tried to cross the border again with days or weeks of their initial apprehension and expulsion

This will have a major impact implantation of rules and security regulations at the border.

Biden-Harris Administration proposes new Asylum policy

With Title 42 moving out of effect in May the Biden-Harris Administration has announced a new 153-page rule on Asylum Policy to attempt and prevent the Asylum system from being overloaded immediately. This new rule is similar to several Trump-Pence policies that would have placed eligibility limits on asylum seekers, however the Trump-Pence era rules were struck down for unconstitutionality.

These new policies raise some concerns for asylum seekers:

  • Lack of reliable access to internet connection for asylum seekers to set appointments 
  • High demand for appointments and low availability is making it very difficult for full families with children to acquire an adequate number of appointment slots 
  • The exemption for Unaccompanied Minors may lead to more desperate families sending children alone to try and get across and get access to Asylum procedures 

State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Biden encouraged both Houses of Congress to Act on Immigration Reform, specifically pushing for passage of the DREAM Act

Update on Special Process for Venezuelans, Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans

A group of states, led by Texas, are suing the Biden-Harris Administration to end this program. DHS has reported that over 7,000 people have applied through sponsorship through this program, with over 1,700 having already been resettled as Humanitarian Parolees in the United States.

Anniversary of the Invasion of Ukraine

Statement of Continued Support of Ukraine

Global Cleveland, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have released a joint statement reaffirming their continued support of Ukraine a year after the full-blown invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

The below statement is endorsed by Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland; Justin Bibb, Mayor of the City of Cleveland; and Chris Ronayne, Cuyahoga County Executive.

Local Leaders Meet on Ukraine

Global Cleveland joined Senator Sherrod Brown and other local organization and faith leaders at the Ukrainian Museum Archives to discuss how our region can continue to support Ukrainians.

Representatives from Global Cleveland also participated in an  in-depth conversation with Representative Miller (OH) regarding continuing support for Ukraine. We sat alongside leaders of the Ukrainian community and clergy, who relayed messages of the need for further commitment to Ukrainian democracy, sovereignty, and freedom.

Northeast Ohio Lights Up the Night to Support Ukraine

Global Cleveland is encouraging businesses and individuals across the Greater Cleveland area to visually express solidarity and support for Ukraine. After the sun sets Feb. 23 and 24, Global Cleveland asks that citizens illuminate their apartments, homes, and storefronts with blue and yellow lighting. Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland will be lit in blue and yellow these nights to show support for Ukrainians.

“Lighting our buildings with the color of the Ukraine flag sends a message of solidary and welcome to Ukrainians around the globe,” Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland, said. “Not only are we advocating for victory for Ukraine, but we’re also showing the world that Northeast Ohio is a region where those affected by violence can find welcome, prosperity, and refuge.”

Citizens showed their support Feb. 25 by joining a candlelit vigil to remember and honor the lives lost as a result of the war. The vigil was hosted by the Cleveland Maidan Association and St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in partnership with Global Cleveland, United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio, “Save Ukraine” Community Organization, and Ukrainian Museum Archives. A prayer service at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (5913 State Rd., Parma, OH 44134) began at 5 p.m., followed by a community gathering at 6 p.m.

“Just over a year ago, no one would have believed that we would have a devastating war and humanitarian catastrophe on the European continent,” Dr. Taras Mahlay of the Cleveland Maidan Association said. “The world would have never imagined that Ukrainian homes and infrastructure would be shelled daily, millions of Ukrainians would be forced from their homes, and tens of thousands of casualties would be occurring on Ukrainian soil.”

“Our community will be gathering to pray for the souls who have been lost to this war and to pray for the Ukrainians enduring persisting evil,” said Dr. Mahlay. “The Ukrainian community also wants to thank Northeastern Ohio for all their support with a gathering in the church hall.”