California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

Unlike in criminal court, where those charged with a crime often hire bail bondsmen and consequently only have to pay 10 percent of the total bail amount, immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) often have to pay the full amount of a bond because there are very few immigration bond companies. Most of […]

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Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

A Texas judge issued a final judgment last Friday prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a childcare license to the nation’s largest family detention center, in Dilley, Texas and invalidating the license currently held by Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. In response, the State of Texas filed […]

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New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

Written by on December 5, 2016 in Demographics, Economics with 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new data on university undergraduates that underscores the key role immigrants and their children play in our economy. New American Undergraduates examines the enrollment trends of immigrant (foreign-born) and second-generation (born in the U.S. to at least one foreign-born parent) students. Together, they are referred to as New […]

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What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years

What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years

Written by on December 2, 2016 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments

One does not have to look hard to find what the restrictionists’ immigration agenda will look like for the next four years. The groups and individuals leading the charge are not shy about sharing what they think the new administration should do when it comes to immigration. This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform […]

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Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Detention of Immigrants Without Bond Hearings

Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Detention of Immigrants Without Bond Hearings

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in what may be the most important immigration case on its docket this fall, Jennings v. Rodriguez. The case, which began as a class action filed in California, raises important questions about whether the government has the authority to categorically deny certain detained immigrants the right to have […]

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Colleges Rally to the Defense of Undocumented Students

Colleges Rally to the Defense of Undocumented Students

Written by on November 30, 2016 in DACA/DAPA with 0 Comments

Among the many things President-elect Donald Trump has promised is undo President Obama’s executive action protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). What happens next is complicated. It’s easy to talk about deporting these young people in the abstract. As Libby […]

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Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or […]

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New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics, Low Wage with 0 Comments

It is well known that immigrants make enormous contributions to the U.S. economy as workers, consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. As part of the labor force, immigrants are employed in a wide range of industries but tend to be concentrated in some occupations at both ends of the occupational spectrum. At the “lower end” of the […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations Could Be Tough, But Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations Could Be Tough, But Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Written by on November 22, 2016 in History of Immigration, Immigration 101 with 1 Comment

Let’s be honest. This is not the Thanksgiving blog we thought I’d be writing this year.  But here we are.

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Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) to serve as the nation’s next Attorney General.  Senator Sessions has led the fight against immigration reform at every turn during his 20 years in the Senate. He has urged severe restrictions on visas, called for drastically expanded immigration enforcement, and blocked all practical […]

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