High number of deportations amidst a record number of crossings. A Democratic president promising positive change to immigration policy that never comes. Limited capacity at every nonprofit legal service provider. […]

As of July 28, 2023, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) program includes Houston. FERM was originally announced by ICE on May 10, 2023, and […]

As alluded to in the prior blog posts in this series, Title 8 of the U.S. Code is once again the controlling law over immigration policy at the border. However, the policy did not return to the status quo after Title 42 expired. Instead, the Biden administration’s asylum final rule, known as Circumvention of Lawful Pathways, went into effect upon Title 42’s expiratio

This is the third in a five part series featuring the staff of HILSC and their experiences with belonging. One November day in sixth grade, I forgot my lunch so I used the office phone at school to call my mom to bring it for me. It is a memory I would have forgotten by now if not for what happened next.

The Trump administration’s invocation of Title 42 was not unprecedented.[1] However, this drastic measure was inconsistent with the Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic generally. While stoking fears of migrants […]

Two months have passed since Title 42’s expiration. In the months and days leading up to its ending, certain national politicians and news media organizations created the impression through a […]

Belonging … on this Independence Day

The concept of belonging has almost always eluded me. For most of my life, I never felt that I fit in any one place. My only sanctuary was my family home –the place my parents built together and vehemently guarded to help my siblings and I feel protected. Stepping out of my comfort zone was always anxiety-provoking and I hardly ever allowed myself to explore anything outside of what was considered “safe.” Admittedly, writing this blog post is not easy for me but I have come to understand and appreciate the importance of sharing one’s journey of belonging.

This is the first in a series of blog posts HILSC will be writing about the end of Title 42 and the imposition of the Biden administration’s Circumvention of Lawful Pathways final rule. This post explores the CBP One app and its use in the asylum seeker process.

This is the first in a five part series featuring the staff of HILSC and their experiences with belonging.

Vickie Giambra – In my first week at HILSC, the entire team sat together and watched a webinar called “The Belonging Barometer: The State of Belonging in America,” which presented findings from a survey by Over Zero and the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council. The findings and resulting discussion left quite an impression on the HILSC team, sparking a conversation about belonging and how it impacts the work we do.

As our Forensic Evaluations program comes to a close, we’d like to acknowledge the contribution of Dr. Jodi Berger Cardoso, a mentor for our program. Her 15+ years of experience […]

On September 9, 2022, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the Final Rule on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility (Final Rule), which will become effective on December 23, 2022.[1] In […]

Texas is the capital of the uninsured.[1] In 2020, around five million Texans lacked health insurance. 3% of Texans were uninsured,[2] almost doubled the national average of 8.7%. 27 out […]