We had some positive immigration news this month, as an annual report revealed that ICE arrests fell almost 40% from the previous year, under President Biden’s instruction to focus on violent offenders. Deportations were also down sharply, down 70% from last year. For all those who doubt President Biden’s impact on immgration policy, this should be a clear sign of change.
Finally, in light of all the recent events in Ukraine, the Department of Homeland Security has designated Ukraine with a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months. Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022.
Another country that got TPS this month is Afghanistan, due to the recent instability in that country. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of March 15, 2022, will be eligible for TPS, and the TPS status will extend for 18 months, unless renewed again at that point.
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