News and updates
Standing with our Asian American communityMarch 23, 2021
Last week we experienced a terrible loss when eight people were killed, including six Asian American women targeted by this attack. Unfortunately, this tragedy is part of a long history of violence aimed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community here in the USA.
2019 Public charge rule blockedMarch 10, 2021
On Tuesday, March 9, the Biden administration stopped enforcing the 2019 public charge rule restrictions that had been issued by former President Trump.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement indicating that it will return to follow the 1999 interim field guidance on public charge. Under this guidance, DHS will not consider the use of Medicaid (except for Medicaid for long-term institutionalization), public housing, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as public charge.
USCIS announces the U.S. citizenship test will no longer be changedFebruary 23, 2021
On February 22, the Biden Administration repealed the new 2020 civics portion of the citizenship test. Regardless of when someone applied for naturalization, they can still take the 2008 version of the citizenship test, which is the 100 questions and answers.
The immigration bill has been introduced in the U.S. CongressFebruary 18, 2021
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced in Congress on February 18. This immigration bill is the same proposal President Joe Biden presented in January to reform our immigration system. This is the first major piece of immigration legislation to be introduced in Congress since 1996.
President Biden to rebuild the refugee resettlement program in the USAFebruary 8, 2021
Last week, the President signed an executive order to restore the U.S. refugee resettlement program. For decades, the USA was the leader in refugee protection. The program had always had strong public support from the American people.