We hope this year brings many new great things for immigrants and immigration advocates in the United States.
USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
One bit of news this month is that USCIS has extended the flexibilities it instituted due to the COVID-19 pandemic for a few more months. These were set to expire at the end of 2021, but they have been extended through March 26. For more information on what is included, click here.
Biden’s First Year in Office
As President Biden completed his first year in office this month, many are looking at his record on immigration. One undeniable positive impact is that ICE has re-focused to looking for violent offenders, and arrests are down by half as compared to Trump’s last year in office. However, the president’s comprehensive immigration reform included in his Build Back Better bill has run into major headwinds in Congress. Just this week, President Biden said that the policies might need to be split up into smaller packages to be able to gain enough support to pass.
We will continue to keep you on top of the latest developments in immigration news and policy, so stay tuned to our newsletter and blog!