July 2023 Immigration Policy Update

July 2023 Immigration Update

In the month of July 2023, the United States witnessed several significant developments in immigration policy. Lawmakers are actively working on legislation to offer a path to permanent status for Afghan evacuees, while other bills challenge birthright citizenship and propose the creation of a Federal Office of New Americans. Additionally, executive agencies are implementing new family reunification parole processes and exploring refugee programs for non-Mexicans in Mexico. On the judicial front, the Supreme Court has made rulings on various immigration-related cases. In this blog, we’ll explore these immigration policy updates.

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Seeking to Offer Path to Permanent Status for Afghan Evacuees

On July 13th, 2023, a group of bipartisan lawmakers reintroduced the Afghan Adjustment Act, aiming to grant permanent status to thousands of Afghans evacuated to the U.S. after the fall of Kabul in 2021. This legislation holds promise for countless Afghans, including those living in Greater Cleveland and Ohio, offering them a pathway to a secure future.

Source: National Immigration Forum

Legislation Challenging Birthright Citizenship Introduced in House of Representatives

Rep. Matt Gaetz proposed a bill that would deny birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. to non-U.S. citizen parents. Gaetz cited children born to parents on tourist or temporary visas and those born to undocumented parents as reasoning behind the bill. The bill would not apply to those “lawfully admitted as refugees or permanent residents or performing active services in the U.S. Armed Forces.” Though the bill faces constitutional hurdles, it reflects growing nativist sentiments and requires close monitoring.

Source: Washington Examiner

Bill Proposing Creation of Federal Office of New Americans Reintroduced in Congress

Representatives Jayapal, Meng, and Garcia, along with Senator Markey, introduced a bill that would establish an Office of New Americans to support immigrants in adjusting to life in the U.S. and improve the immigration system. This initiative, endorsed by the National Partnership for New Americans, offers hope for immigrant communities seeking better integration.

Source: National Partnership for New Americans

DHS Announces New Family Reunification Parole Processes for Central American Countries

The Department of Homeland Security launched family reunification parole processes for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This program aims to reunite individuals with their families already in the United States, providing an opportunity for thousands stuck in backlogs.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Welcome Corps Launches Expansion of Private Sponsorship Refugee Resettlement to Colleges and Universities

The Welcome Corps introduced Welcome Corps on Campus, enabling colleges and universities to resettle refugee students. This initiative seeks to offer education and career opportunities to refugee students and could pave the way for similar programs worldwide.

Source: National Immigration Forum

Rumor: Biden Administration Weighing Refugee Program for Non-Mexicans in Mexico

U.S. and Mexican officials are reportedly discussing a potential refugee program for non-Mexican asylum seekers in Mexico. If implemented, this program could provide legal avenues for migration for refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Source: Reuters

Migrant Encounters at Southern Border at Two-Year Lows

The Customs and Border Protection reported a significant decrease in migrant encounters at the US-Mexico border, attributing the decline to enforcing consequences and providing lawful pathways. However, the recent overturning of asylum policies may impact these numbers.

Canada Targets Students and Workers Stuck in H1-B Lottery

Canada opened visa slots to attract skilled workers and international students who were unsuccessful in the U.S. H1-B lottery, highlighting the challenges in the current H1-B system.

Source: Forbes

Supreme Court Rules on Immigration-Related Cases

The Supreme Court ruled that states cannot sue the federal government to enforce specific immigration policies and upheld a law criminalizing the encouragement of undocumented immigration.

Source: Politico

Federal Judge Blocks New Biden Asylum Policy

A federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s rule disqualifying certain asylum seekers who entered the U.S. without an appointment. The rule aims to curb unauthorized crossings but has faced legal challenges.

Source: Los Angeles Times