This page is for updates on the changes to immigration law and policy. Please check back often for up-to-date information on local and federal policy changes. Please click on one of the following topics or scroll through. Last updated: February 2018.
Table of Contents
Trump Administration Immigration Principles (October 8, 2017)
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Senate Bill 4 (SB4)
Temporary Protected Status
Executive Orders on Immigration
Impact of Executive Orders (by subject)
[sta_anchor id=”principles”]Trump Administration Immigration Principles [/sta_anchor]
On October 8, 2017, the White House released several documents outlining its immigration policy priorities. The Executive Summary and a detailed outline of the principles are divided into three categories: (1) Border Security; (2) Interior Enforcement; and (3) Merit-Based Immigration System. It is important to note that these “principles” are not executive orders or legislation. This list of principles may have significant implications to a legislative solution for DACA recipients now that the program has ended (see below).
[sta_anchor id=”DACA”]DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)[/sta_anchor]
Most Recent News
On January 9, 2018, a federal judge filed an injunction to partially block the administration’s cancellation of DACA. As a result of this injunction, individuals who were previously granted DACA may be eligible to renew DACA status, including those who were not eligible to renew their status under the Trump Administration’s executive action terminating DACA on September 5, 2017.
Here is what you need to know:
- If you have received DACA but your status has expired since September 5, 2017 or will expire soon (even if it expires after March 5, 2018) you can now submit a DACA renewal application.
- If your DACA status was terminated or expired before September 5th 2017, you are now eligible to apply for DACA again, BUT you will have to apply for DACA as an initial (new) application so you will need to gather the same kind of evidence you had to gather for your first application.
- USCIS should continue to accept renewal applications until a higher court lifts the injunction, until a final decision is made by the courts or until congress reaches a legislative solution regarding the DACA program. There is not a set deadline by which you have to send your application, but you should send your application as soon as possible since we do not know how long this injunction will be in place allowing applications to be processed.
- USCIS will no longer accept first-time DACA applications, but will continue to process first-time applications that were already pending by September 5th, 2017. This means that if you have never been a DACA beneficiary before, you are not eligible to apply.
- No applications for Advance Parole (Travel Permits) based on DACA status will be accepted
Community and Legal Resources:
Legal Practice Advisory:
[sta_anchor id=”Senate Bill 4: The Anti-Sanctuary Law”]Senate Bill 4: The Anti-Sanctuary Law [/sta_anchor]
Most Recent News
- On September 26, 2017, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that parts of Texas’ sanctuary cities ban can go into effect.
- On August 30, 2017, a federal court granted an injunction blocking the key provisions of SB4, which was set to go into effect on September 1, while the case moves through the courts. As a result of this ruling:
- Texas cities and counties can direct their officers not to serve in the role of immigration officers;
- Local jails are not required to hold individuals based only on a request by ICE;
- Local officials and employees can criticize SB4 and speak in favor of changes in immigration enforcement without fear of punishment under SB4
- Although the injunction does allow the provision for local police officers to ask an individual about immigration status, the individual does not have to answer, the police officer cannot arrest the individual for being undocumented, and the police officer cannot serve as an immigration officer.
- One-page summary (English) of the injunction and press briefing (MALDEF)
SB4: Know Your Rights
The Trump administration has signaled it is in the process of phasing out the use of TPS. This means the administration will likely terminate TPS for many of the currently designated countries, affecting thousands of TPS holders, their families and communities.
Updates on Temporary Protected Status
DHS to Terminate TPS for Nepal on June 24, 2019. DHS determined that the country conditions have improved since the 2015 earthquake. More information from the American Immigration Council.
TPS: El Salvador
What are the important deadlines for Salvadoran TPS holders to keep in mind?
Re-registration period is running now through March 19, 2018, but people are encouraged to re-register as soon as possible. For those whose work authorizations previously expired on March 9, 2018, it is not automatically extended through Sept. 5, 2018. Employers may need to be educated about this – show them your EAD with the March date PLUS a copy of the federal register announcing the extension.
Where can people go to get assistance with re-registration?
The Houston Immigration Services Collaborative partners offer free and low-cost assistance with TPS renewals. Memorial Assistance Ministries, Catholic Charities Cabrini Center, and YMCA International Services provide this assistance. It is important to know that only attorneys and legal non-profits who have special accreditation from DOJ are authorized to complete these and other immigration forms. Notarios often charge more than non-profits like YMCA, Cabrini, and MAM – and often harm cases because they do not understand the law.
Does the end of TPS on September 9,2019 mean Salvadoran TPS holders will have to leave the country when TPS expires?
On September 9, 2019, Salvadorans will no longer have the special temporary status that protects them from deportation and gives them employment authorization. However, many Salvadorans may be eligible for other types of relief, like applying to become a permanent resident through a spouse or child or other types of visas. Important to consult with an attorney and begin that process as soon as possible.
[sta_anchor id=”EO”] Executive Orders on Immigration (2017)
Travel Ban EO: “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”
Interior Enforcement EO: “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”
Border Enforcement EO: “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements”