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Special News Summary: How is the government shutdown affecting immigration services in the U.S.?

  • Due to the government shut down, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is has closed and the essential services they provide to refugees and asylum seekers are all on hold. (Office of Refugee Resettlement website)
  • The majority of immigration courts are still open after the government shutdown, but immigration attorneys and advocates worry that petitions for political asylum and non-emergency deportation cases could be delayed for months if the shutdown lasts more than a few days. (Washington Post)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the rest of Homeland Security, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are expected to continue operations near normal capacity. (The National Law Review)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that handles immigration enforcement, will continue to operate, according to spokesperson Gillian Christensen. (ABC news)
  • Washington Post reported that the State Department will continue to process visas and consulates will stay open, but operations may see a slowdown in certain buildings (Washington Post)
  • It is expected that without funding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not conduct I-9 audits, and will not be able to initiate new removal proceedings. (MurthyDotCom)
  • There will be a lack of Department of Labor (DOL) services, which could impact the filing of Labor Condition Applications (LCA’s), and filing for H1B temporary employment papers, among other programs impacting foreign workers. (MurthyDotCom)
  • DHS e-Verify program, which allows businesses to check the legal immigration status of its employees, is expected to shut down. (NPR)
  • See the full Department of Homeland Security shutdown plan. (DHS website)

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