This week in immigration news – October 10, 2019

Immigration news

The Trump administration’s public charge rule is set to go into full effect on October 15.

This policy would jeopardize an immigrant’s green card application over the use of public benefits. So far, nearly a dozen lawsuits have been filed that seek to block the administration from being able to implement the rule.

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On November 3, the Trump administration is poised to bar immigrants who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the cost of medical care from moving to the United States.

This proclamation would effectively cut the number of people who legally move to the United States by 375,000 every year. Further, these cuts would be another blow to the diversity visa lottery program, which has been consistently under attack by the president.


The Guardian reported on the case of Rolando, an asylee from Guatemala, who is speaking out about the treatment that he received while in ICE detention.

Prior to arriving in the United States, Rolando had been shot and experienced torture. He says he was only offered ibuprofen for his injuries while in custody, and kept in solitary confinement. Rolando’s case is far from rare.

The Trump administration is trying to limit people like Rolando from making their cases at the border, a move that critics charge could endanger migrants’ lives.

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