CRS Issues Report on the Immigration Status of the U.S. Foreign Born Population

CRS Issues Report on the Immigration Status of the U.S. Foreign Born Population

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on April 9, 2021, discussing the citizenship and immigration status of the foreign-born population in the United States. Data from 2019 shows that nearly 45 million foreign-born individuals are living in the country, accounting for around 13.7 percent of the U.S. population. The report noted that the …

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CRS Issues Report on Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

CRS Issues Report on Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on February 2, 2021, that examines the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance immigration enforcement policy and the resulting separation of children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. As background, on May 7, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) enacted a zero-tolerance policy to deter illegal border crossings into …

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CRS Issues Report on the 4th Amendment and Border Searches and Seizures

CRS Issues Report on the 4th Amendment and Border Searches and Seizures

On November 12, 2020, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report that examines searches and seizures at the U.S. border in relation to the Fourth Amendment. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delegates to federal officers broad authority to conduct searches of persons and property at the border. This power, though, is not unlimited. …

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New CRS Report on the Visa Waiver Program

New CRS Report on the Visa Waiver Program

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently issued a report providing updated information about the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP enables foreign nationals from 39 countries to travel to the United States as temporary visitors for pleasure or business without applying for a visa. The June 29, 2020, CRS report noted a consistent increase in …

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CRS Issues Report on Repurposing Funds to Build a Border Wall

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report that examines the federal statutes that the Trump Administration has cited to repurpose funds from existing appropriations to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. CRS also discussed multiple lawsuits that have been filed challenging the Administration’s actions. Congress appropriated $1.375 billion to the Department of Homeland …

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CRS Examines Federal Law Regarding Border Admissions and Exclusions of Foreign Nationals

CRS Examines Federal Law Regarding Border Admissions and Exclusions of Foreign Nationals

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an updated Legal Sidebar document on June 10, 2019, that outlines the immigration laws governing the admissions and exclusions of foreign nationals at the U.S. border. The report sought to clarify the detention and removal processes for foreign nationals, including procedures for asylum seekers, along with examining the treatment …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues of the Migrant Protection Protocols

CRS Addresses Legal Issues of the Migrant Protection Protocols

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) on May 9, 2019 issued an update regarding the legal complexities arising from the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The government program is currently being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A ruling is not expected until later in 2019. On May 7, 2019, a three-judge …

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CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

CRS Addresses Legal Issues in Migrant Protection Protocols for Asylum Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 28, 2019, started implementing a new policy that requires Central American asylum seekers arriving at the southern border of the United States to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed in U.S. immigration courts. In a report released on February 6, 2019, the Congressional Research Service …

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CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration

CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on the employment-based immigration process on December 21, 2018, recommending the removal of per-country ceilings on visa numbers, or caps, for employment-based prospective immigrants applying for lawful permanent resident status. As background, the current U.S. immigration systems allots a maximum 7 percent quota to each country for …

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