Weekly Immigration News Roundup: December 2, 2022 (Archive)

In a Nutshell

Two important events happened this week that could change U.S. immigration policies substantially: the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) started hearing the U.S. v. Texas case, which stems from the state of Texas’ challenges to President Biden’s current immigration priorities. Additionally, the Biden Administration is set to end Title 42, a Trump-era rule that prevented many asylum seekers from entering the United States. Read the top takeaways below as well as our pop culture roundup.

Written by ImmigrationHelp News Team
Written December 1, 2022

Here are the top news stories we covered this week.

SCOTUS Hears U.S. v. Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the U.S. v. Texas case, which addresses Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas' decision to limit deportation of undocumented immigrants based on specific criteria.

Biden Administration Set To End Title 42

The U.S. government will end the implementation of Title 42 on December 21, 2022. Title 42 was introduced in March 2020 under the Trump administration. It allowed the U.S. border authorities to turn immigrants away under the guise of preventing the spread of COVID-19. More than 20 states are challenging the end of the rule in federal court.

USCIS Announces Updates to Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processes for Afghan Nationals

USCIS announced fee exemptions and expedited processes that will apply to Afghan nationals filing for certain immigration benefits. These new procedures will remain in effect until September 30, 2023.

This Week in Pop Culture 

  • Fans of The Addams Family franchise will be glad to see first-generation immigrants and descendants of immigrants take over much-beloved roles. The show cast Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Luis Guzmán as Gómez, and includes a spot from Fred Armisen— known for his work on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia.

  • Academic studies on immigration often help universities record data, history, and findings that help us all make sense of US immigration history. New York University published an interview with historian Hasia Diner, co-author of Immigration: An American History on what we can learn from the past as we grapple with immigration debates today. 

  • NPR’s Books We Love features several books written by first-generation immigrant writers and authors who are children of immigrants. Some of these are: Honey & Spice by Bolu Bablola , Sometimes All I Need Is Me by Juliana Perdomo, Muhammad Najem: War Reporter by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus, and Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng.

  • Getting arrested can quickly become a real-life worst-case scenario for immigrants. Even if this happens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must respect the civil rights of detainees. Family members of an immigrant detained in California spoke out about the challenges of paying him a visit. This sheds a light on challenges families across the U.S. face as they visit immigrant relatives in detention.