On United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Accepting DACA Renewal Applications - January 16th, 2018
USCIS has posted instructions on how it will begin accepting DACA renewal applications in response to a federal judge's decision. This only applies to individuals who already have had DACA granted in the past and not to people who would like to pursue initial applications. Here is a link to their announcement. In addition, our colleagues at Mission Asset Fund have announced that they are accepting applications for scholarships to pay for the renewal application fee at this link.
On the Department of Homeland Security's decision to End Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador - January 8th, 2018
On Monday, January 8th, DHS secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the government's decision to end TPS status for El Salvador after 17 years. TPS allows people to live and work in the United States while their country experiences armed conflict, environmental disasters, and extraordinary and temporary conditions. Over 200,000 Salvadorans with TPS currently live and work in the United States. This announcement comes with a delayed effective date of September 9th, 2019. Salvadoran TPS holders may apply for one extension before that date.
On the Partial Implementation of the Travel Ban - June 29th, 2017
We have received a number of questions about resources for people impacted by the partial implementation of the President's executive orders. We anticipate that most of the impact of the implementation will happen abroad as people from the six designated countries are denied visas on the basis of the executive order.
We do not anticipate the level of problems that we saw at SeaTac or other airports in January because people who already have visas should not be rejected due to the travel ban and, if they are, it is likely to happen before they board. Nonetheless, as a precaution in case people do have problems, a wonderful group of volunteer attorneys (coordinated by our colleagues at Lane Powell) will have one volunteer at the airport today through Saturday to be available to respond to concerns people at the airport might have and to potentially respond if someone is in fact detained at SeaTac.
If you have a friend or family who is detained at SeaTac as a result of the travel ban, you can call 1-844-RAID-REP (1-844-724-3737) to be connected to assistance there.
On the Supreme Court's Stay of the Injunction on the Travel Ban - June 26th, 2017
The “Muslim ban” executive orders issued by the President earlier this year are contrary to American values of religious tolerance and inclusion. We are pleased that the Supreme Court, like several other federal courts, has today rejected the President’s argument that his actions cannot be reviewed by the judiciary.
Furthermore, we are heartened that many of the people originally affected by this discriminatory ban – those with strong ties to people or organizations in the United States – will continue to be able to re-unite with their families or pursue education or career opportunities in this country.
However, we are deeply concerned that thousands of others who do not have the privilege of strong ties to the United States – including refugees with compelling humanitarian needs or serious medical conditions who have already undergone an exhaustive process to enter the United States – will be subjected to a policy driven by religious intolerance, racial animus, and discrimination. We are deeply disappointed that the Court has allowed any portion of this “Muslim ban” to move forward.
DACA Advisory for June 16th, 2017
Recently, the Trump Administration has made statements regarding the future of the DACA program. While they indicated the program would be kept in place on June 15th, later that same day they walked that promise back. Because of this uncertainty, we believe that each individual should make their own decision regarding whether to apply for this program after being informed of the risks and benefits, but
provide these recommendations to those who have asked us for guidance. In all cases, we recommend that you consult with an attorney or accredited representative.
On the Revised Travel Ban Issued March 6th, 2017
In January, President Trump signed an executive order which led to chaos in airports across the country and was quickly the subject of lawsuits across the country, including a lawsuit from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. On February 3rd, a federal district court in Washington State issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, prohibiting the federal government from enforcing much of the executive order. That federal court decision was then upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the implementation of the executive order has been suspended since that time.
On March 6th, President Trump signed a new executive order with the same title, which goes into effect on March 16th and revokes the previous executive order he issued in January. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has issued a statement denouncing the new executive order.
Our partners at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have put together a downloadable document offering their analysis of this latest executive order, which can be accessed at this link.
On the President's recent Executive Actions on Immigration
On January 25th, the President issued two executive actions on immigration. The first orders the construction of a physical structure on the United States-Mexico border as well as requiring Customs and Border Protection to detain every unauthorized migrant they catch crossing the United States border. The second covers several issues, including an early plan to strip federal funds from "sanctuary cities." He will likely be issuing additional actions in the coming future. We will update this page shortly with information about these actions.
On the Results of the 2016 Presidential Election
The president-elect's proposed immigration policies stand in opposition to our vision of a world in which all people have the opportunity to live safely with the ones they love.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will continue to work for people seeking to stay together with their families, find safety from violence in their homes or home countries, and find new opportunities in work and education. Our work is more important now than ever.
To that end, we are hosting and participating in several events for community members with questions after the results of the recent election. Check out the growing list of events at this link.
Latest Immigration Resources and Advisories
We have been receiving a number of questions about the future of the DACA program following the election of Donald Trump as President. This bilingual (English and Spanish) community advisory outlines our recommendations for community members who have applied for DACA or who are interested in applying. Read the advisory
This is a Question and Answer (Q&A) for domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) advocates and attorneys who are serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, both undocumented survivors, and survivors who may be eligible for VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas or applying for gender-based asylum. Read the Q&A
This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children
currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented. Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families. It’s critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. Read the Guide