Visas for Victims: A Look at the U Visa Program

USCIS has released new data on the U visa program, which awards lawful status and a path to a green card and citizenship for alien crime victims and their families. The number of U visa petitions has quintupled in the last decade, from roughly 11,000 in 2009 to 59,000 in 2018.

Refugees Were Being Resettled Despite the Coronavirus Outbreak

More than 3,000 resettled since late January.

Resettlement has stopped now, but why were 3,037 refugees allowed in after the president's task force was formed, or after January 30, when the WHO declared the outbreak a public health emergency, or after March 11, when WHO characterized the outbreak as a pandemic?

Read Also: The Fiscal Impact of Refugee Resettlement

Department of Justice Moves Against Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Attorney General William Barr announced that the DOJ would be taking a variety of new actions against sanctuary jurisdictions.

View: Updated Sanctuary City Map

Read Also: DHS Blocks New Yorkers from Trusted Traveler Programs

CIS Reports From America's Other Southern Border: Guatemala-Mexico

CIS Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman traveled to Mexico's southern border with Guatemala. A primary purpose was to assess the impacts of President Donald Trump's policies to slow the 2018-2019 mass illegal immigration from Central American countries through that key chokepoint to the American southern border.

Read: "The Trump-Defeat-Gamble: Politically 'Woke' U.S.-Bound Migrants on the Guatemala-Mexico

Map: Sites of EB-5 Visa Fraud and Folly in the U.S.

The Center has created a map identifying some locations of prominent EB-5 scandals. The map shows formal published actions taken against EB-5 actors in recent years. The actions noted include criminal indictments or pleas, civil suits filed by government or private interests, reports of inspectors general, and a few corrective actions taken by the DHS.

New Data: U Visa Program
New Data: U Visa Program
Refugees Resettled During Outbreak
Refugees Resettled During Outbreak
DOJ Moves Against Sanctuaries
DOJ Moves Against Sanctuaries
Report: Guatemala-Mexico Border
Report: Guatemala-Mexico Border
Map: EB-5 Visa Fraud
Map: EB-5 Visa Fraud

USCIS has released new data on the U visa program, which awards lawful status and a path to a green card and citizenship for alien crime victims and their families. The number of U visa petitions has quintupled in the last decade, from roughly 11,000 in 2009 to 59,000 in 2018.

More than 3,000 resettled since late January.

Resettlement has stopped now, but why were 3,037 refugees allowed in after the president's task force was formed, or after January 30, when the WHO declared the outbreak a public health emergency, or after March 11, when WHO characterized the outbreak as a pandemic?

Read Also: The Fiscal Impact of Refugee Resettlement

Attorney General William Barr announced that the DOJ would be taking a variety of new actions against sanctuary jurisdictions.

View: Updated Sanctuary City Map

Read Also: DHS Blocks New Yorkers from Trusted Traveler Programs

CIS Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman traveled to Mexico's southern border with Guatemala. A primary purpose was to assess the impacts of President Donald Trump's policies to slow the 2018-2019 mass illegal immigration from Central American countries through that key chokepoint to the American southern border.

Read: "The Trump-Defeat-Gamble: Politically 'Woke' U.S.-Bound Migrants on the Guatemala-Mexico Border Calculating a Trump Electoral Defeat"

Watch: "Video Report: How Trump's Policies Ended the Mass Migration Crisis on Mexico's Southern Border — For Now"

The Center has created a map identifying some locations of prominent EB-5 scandals. The map shows formal published actions taken against EB-5 actors in recent years. The actions noted include criminal indictments or pleas, civil suits filed by government or private interests, reports of inspectors general, and a few corrective actions taken by the DHS.

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REAL ID Delayed Yet Again

It makes sense at the moment, but requirements should have been in place years ago

Extending the deadline for compliance with the REAL ID Act makes sense, given current circumstances. The real question is why those requirements -- based on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and passed in 2005 -- weren't implemented years ago.