Federal Policies and Programs

Articles in this category discuss federal policies concerning immigration, such as DACA, the U.S. Census, deportation procedures, and immigration eligibility, as well as federal programs designed to strengthen homeland security.

Why there is a public charge rule: College student on Medicaid wants to sponsor parent
April 2, 2020

A college student who is a Medicaid recipient wants to be the financial sponsor on a parent's immigration application. Under the public charge rule, a person who uses Medicaid is likely to be ruled inadmissible; surely he wouldn't be able to sponsor another person's admission.

DACA recipients are ineligible for cash payments under the CARES Act
March 31, 2020

The CARES Act declares tax rebates worth $1,200 for individual taxpayers under rules defined by the IRS. DACA recipients will be ineligible for those coronavirus stimulus payments because they are defined by the IRS as nonresident aliens.

Why children are separated from their parents at the border
March 25, 2020

A news report developing on the case of an illegal immigrant from Honduras reveals why migrant children are separated from their parents. The incident involved a child who was born in a hospital near San Diego, thereby becoming a U.S. citizen.

How Bernie Sanders would reverse the outcome of the Mexican–American War within a single year
February 23, 2020

The official 2020 Bernie Sanders for President website includes a position platform on immigration questions. This platform is reviewed, to demonstrate how he would reverse the outcome of the Mexican–American War within a single year.

How the new public charge rule will effect policy at USCIS
February 2, 2020

USCIS announced that it will begin applying the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on February 24, 2020. This post reviews updates to standards of self-sufficiency and definitions of public benefits that could negatively affect new applications.

Department of Homeland Security plans to share data with the Census Bureau
January 6, 2020

For the first time in its history, the Department of Homeland Security plans to compile and share citizenship data with the Census Bureau for the 2020 Census. This will comply with Executive Order 13880, which was issued by President Trump in June 2019.

A new Trump administration tactic for expediting fraudulent asylum claims
January 4, 2020

A new Trump administration tactic expedites the legal processing of asylum claims by illegal immigrants at the southwestern border. Migrants requesting asylum are quickly interviewed to determine the validity of their claims of credible fear of returning to their countries of origin.

The California Values Act and the CLETS network
December 21, 2019

The California Values Act prohibited state agencies from granting ICE access to databases storing information that would enable ICE to identify criminals in the United States illegally and therefore deportable. ICE ERO has now been cut off from a law enforcement network called CLETS.

Refugee resettlement non-profits and forced population transfers
December 8, 2019

Refugee resettlement non-profits have filed suit in federal court to block an Executive Order signed by President Trump in September. The Executive Order requires that state and local governments formally consent to the transfer of refugees to their communities.

Arizona's Pima County would partially divert Homeland Security Grants to migrants
November 30, 2019

Arizona's Pima County would partially divert Homeland Security Grants to offset expenses incurred on a Tucson shelter for migrants. An application was filed in May with the Trump administration and no response has been received, to date.

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