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Immigration has been in the news a lot this week, so we’re reaching out to share some important updates.

Families will no longer be separated at the border, but will they be reunified?

President Trump issued an executive order on June 20 to halt the separation of families at the border. More than 2,300 children were separated from their parents after entering the US in May and June. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration enforcement, announced it would reunite families that are subject to deportation. However, there is no official plan in place to reunify families in the process of claiming asylum.

Supreme Court rules to uphold travel ban

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven predominately Muslim countries. Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared the court’s decision to the 1944 decision that allowed the US government to detain thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

You can learn more about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the travel ban here, and you can learn about the decision to detain Japanese-Americans here.

USCIS will begin processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests online

USCIS has launched a new system that will (hopefully) allow users to submit, manage, and receive FOIA requests online. Previously, FOIA requests had to be made by mail, fax, or email, and the results were mailed back on a CD.

Protests sweep the country

In the wake of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policies, groups of protestors have converged at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Portland, OR, and elsewhere in the U.S. Colleen discusses these protests in depth here.

 

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All of us at Passage have a personal connection to the immigration process. Our mission is to help families, individuals, and businesses feel safe and secure. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you or your community.