Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Written by on February 5, 2016 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments

The Florida House of Representatives passed a sweeping “anti-sanctuary city” bill this week that would penalize Florida counties who do not aggressively target undocumented immigrants or who fail to honor every federal request to detain immigrants, regardless of the requests’ constitutionality. A House committee also passed a bill that targets non-Western Hemisphere refugees who are […]

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DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

There are two competing narratives being spun about the Obama Administration’s response to the “surge” of refugees from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and each of these narratives is as fanciful as the other. According to one story, there has been a near-instantaneous deterrent effect as a result of the raids […]

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How Welcoming Immigrants Gave Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville a Boost

How Welcoming Immigrants Gave Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville a Boost

Written by on February 3, 2016 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments

Three geographically diverse cities have created more welcoming environments for immigrants and each has implemented initiatives that promote immigrant entrepreneurship and innovation in their communities, to the benefit of all residents. Their efforts are detailed in the report “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Welcoming Cities: Lessons from Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville.” The report highlights the fact […]

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The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Hearings, Visas with 0 Comments

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. However, that program came under intense scrutiny this week at a Senate Judiciary […]

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Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

On January 27, 2016, Pennsylvania state officials informed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would not renew and would revoke the operating license for the Berks County Residential Facility, the immigration detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which jails mothers and children, often for extended periods of time. The current license will expire on […]

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Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Written by on January 29, 2016 in Children, Hearings with 0 Comments

Earlier this week, it was reported that in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived at our border seeking protection from severe violence at home, government agencies released some children to human traffickers and abusers. These children were forced to live and work in dangerous conditions. At the time, the government agency which released […]

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Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Written by on January 28, 2016 in Detention, President Obama, Raids with 0 Comments

Seven mothers that have been held for four weeks in a family detention facility in Dilley, Texas penned a letter to President Obama asking him to release them and their children while they work through the immigration appeals process. These women and their kids were among those picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs […]

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What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

Since 2014, the number of federal prosecutions for immigration crimes has declined. So has the number of removals (deportations) from the United States. Contrary to some suggestions, however, this does not mean that the federal government is becoming lax in the enforcement of immigration laws. The reality is that the number of unauthorized immigrants entering […]

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Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

A growing number of policy-players and makers are calling on the U.S. government to protect, rather than deport, Central American migrants and asylum-seekers. As rampant violence and organized crime continues to destabilize the Northern Triangle countries—evidenced not only by numerous reports but, by the thousands fleeing this region in the past several years—many are questioning […]

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Undocumented Population Continues to Decline in the U.S.

Undocumented Population Continues to Decline in the U.S.

Written by on January 25, 2016 in Demographics, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment

Despite significant job growth and an economic recovery over the last few years, the undocumented population in the United States has continued to decline. According to a new report by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) released last week the undocumented population has decreased every year from 2009 to 2014, falling below 11 million for […]

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