District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents
Two weeks ago, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that a noncitizen’s grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualifies as “inspection and admission” into the United States. As courts continue to recognize that being granted TPS counts as an “admission” into the United States, immigration officials may revisit their unduly narrow interpretation of the law, paving the way for more individuals with longstanding ties to this country to finally gain permanent protection.

Migrant Children Flee Violence in Home Countries
What we have at our southern border is not a disaster created by the United States or any perception of our immigration laws. What we have is a regional humanitarian disaster resulting from widespread, institutionalized violence in a part of the world that is only 1,149 miles—less than the distance from Brooklyn, New York, to Kansas City, Missouri—away from our border.

 

What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration
To determine whether Cantor won or lost the race based on his position on immigration is nearly impossible because he had no clear, defined position that he stuck to. He equivocated more than he advocated. We will never know if it would have hurt or helped Cantor to have been a staunch and consistent supporter of immigration reform. However, we do know, based on a poll of Cantor’s district released today that “72 percent of voters expressed support for comprehensive reform—including 70 percent of Republicans.”

Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues
News outlets are reporting the removal of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) head of internal affairs, James Tomscheck—who has been temporarily replaced by a director of inspections from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This was a follow-up to last week’s release of the enforcement agency’s new use-of-force policy and a critical review of the agency conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum.

SCOTUS Decides Immigrants Can “Age-Out” of Visa Petitions 
In Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, a heavily-divided Supreme Court ruled against thousands of aspiring young immigrants who were included on their parents’ visa petitions as minors, but who turned 21—known as “aging-out”—before visas became available.