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In the past two years, there have been many changes in U.S. asylum law that have had a negative impact on asylum seekers. On January 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) did nothing to protect the migrants. On the contrary, it made it more difficult for individuals to apply for asylum. Thousands of asylum seekers arriving from Latin American countries without prior authorization to enter the United States, who were immediately placed in […]

In August, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a rule requiring inquiry into whether immigrants in certain nonimmigrant classifications may have received public benefits that would render them inadmissible to the United States on “public charge” grounds.  Because existing USCIS forms do not ask applicants about prior receipt […]