Daily life in Chicago has changed for everyone due to local and national emergency procedures to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). CNN identified 13 changes for Chicago immigrants and the immigration system made by the Trump administration due to the coronavirus:
1. March 20: The United States and Mexico limit cross-border travel.
2. March 18: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement adjusted its “enforcement posture” and will focus on those who pose a public safety risk and are “subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds.”
3. March 18: The Justice Department closed an additional 10 immigration courts through April 10 and postponed all hearings of cases of immigrants who are not in detention.
4. March 18: The United States and Canada suspended nonessential travel between the two countries.
5. March 18: The United States temporarily stopped refugee admissions.
6. March 18: ICE removal flights to Italy, China and South Korea have been suspended.
7. March 17: US Citizenship and Immigration Services suspended all in-person services.
8. March 17: ICE rescheduled in-person check-ins and pushes back the timeline for recent arrivals.
9. March 17: An asylum agreement between the United States and Guatemala was suspended.
10. March 16: Americans, legal permanent residents and their immediate families returning from Ireland and the United Kingdom have travel restrictions.
11. March 13: ICE ceased social visitation in all of its detention facilities.
12. March 13: The United States implemented travel restrictions from Europe.
13. March 10: Migrant children no longer placed in Washington state and California.
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