Despite Immigration Judge Hiring, Court Backlogs Continue to Grow

Despite Immigration Judge Hiring, Court Backlogs Continue to Grow

Written by on July 27, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments

The latest figures show that the number of cases pending in immigration court continue to grow. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there were 496,704 cases in the backlog as of the end of March. This is almost 40,000 more pending cases than Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Juan Osuna reported […]

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Texas Ends Attempt to Deny Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

Texas Ends Attempt to Deny Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

More than a year ago, Texas county officials began to require that foreign passports presented by parents seeking to obtain their child’s birth certificate include a valid U.S. visa. The state also ended its practice of accepting Mexican “matriculas” as a form of identification. As a result, many undocumented parents were unable to obtain birth […]

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How the Democratic Party Platform Addresses Immigration

How the Democratic Party Platform Addresses Immigration

Written by on July 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments

In contrast to the Republican Party Platform on immigration released last week, which was generally negative on immigration and lacked any practical ideas for reforming U.S. immigration, the recently released Democratic Party Platform discusses immigration as a positive for America and identifies specific policy fixes to help update our outdated immigration system. As the platform […]

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Tim Kaine’s Views on Immigration Policy

Tim Kaine’s Views on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Elections, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hilary Clinton has named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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Donald Trump’s Losing View on Immigration Policy

Donald Trump’s Losing View on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment

Historically, America has done well when everyone works together towards common goals that pool our collective strengths. We have built a great nation, and much of our success continues to derive from the fact that we are a nation that welcomes and integrates people from around the world. Yet, most of Mr. Trump’s speech at […]

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How DACA’s Success Can Be Built Upon

How DACA’s Success Can Be Built Upon

Last month marked the four-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Since DACA was first announced in 2012, it has had positive impacts on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the United States. Yet, there are still ways in which the current DACA initiative can and […]

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New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

For more than 10 years, the federal government has operated a program in federal courts along the Southwest border targeting unauthorized border crossers for criminal prosecution. The program, known as Operation Streamline, has long been criticized for its group hearings—up to 75 people at once—that provide little or no due process to those processed through […]

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Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy

Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy

Written by on July 19, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment

The immigration component of the 2016 Republican Party Platform is deeply flawed. The document reflects a fundamental lack of understanding not only of how the U.S. immigration system works, but why and under what conditions people migrate. It also ignores the lessons of past presidential election cycles, which have shown how a party can pursue […]

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Department of Justice Seeks Rehearing in United States v. Texas

Department of Justice Seeks Rehearing in United States v. Texas

Today, the Department of Justice filed a petition for rehearing with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas.  In June, the Court issued a 4-4 one sentence nondecision affirming the Fifth Circuit’s preliminary injunction of DAPA and expanded DACA. In this new petition, the federal government specifically asked that a full nine-Member Court hear […]

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Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Promises on Immigration Reform

Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Promises on Immigration Reform

Written by on July 15, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment

By 2050, minorities will become the majority in the United States. This is the first point Hillary Clinton made while speaking before the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington D.C. this week.  In a pointed speech, which she spent much of criticizing her opponent Donald Trump, Clinton discussed “ending the vicious debate […]

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