New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas this week. The privately owned facility is designed to house 2,400 people—mostly women and children—who are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The opening of this detention center reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to its flawed deterrence policy, which it began […]

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How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, and while the president’s executive actions on immigration offer temporary deportation reprieves for millions, some unauthorized immigrants might be eligible for permanent immigration relief and not know it. That’s the finding of a recent report published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The […]

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Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Executive Action, Nativists, Restrictionists with 1 Comment

Since 2010, the boundaries have been blurring among nativist organizations, Tea Party factions, and so-called “Patriot” groups as both their memberships and leaderships commingle.  And so self-described nativists are now likely to spew forth rhetoric that is heavily imbued with the kind of shrill anti-government propaganda one might find on display at a Tea Party […]

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Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Following the close vote in the House last week, the Senate passed a spending bill 56-40 on Saturday to fund most of the government for the next year and avoid a government shutdown. Excluded from that full-year deal is the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded until February 27 under the so-called “cromnibus” […]

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The Economic Potential of Executive Action on Immigration

The Economic Potential of Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on December 12, 2014 in Economics, Executive Action with 1 Comment

Mayors from cities across the country met in New York City earlier this week to discuss the implementation of President Obama’s immigration plan. These mayors support of executive action because they recognize the economic benefit to their cities as well as the role that executive action will play in keeping families together and enabling immigrants […]

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Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Children, Congress, Executive Action, Hearings with 1 Comment

When the 113th Congress kicked off nearly two years ago, hopes were high that this would be the Congress to pass lasting immigration reform. “I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” […]

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Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Imagine what it would be like to be in a foreign country, and law enforcement officials take your phone, identification and money. Then, what if you are moved through a series of short-term holding cells and then longer term detention facilities and eventually released by being deported to another country without any access to your […]

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State Department Launches In-Country Refugee Program to Reunite Central American Families

State Department Launches In-Country Refugee Program to Reunite Central American Families

Written by on December 9, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments

Last week, the U.S. Department of State announced the launch of its in-country refugee processing program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The program is part of the Obama Administration’s response to last summer’s influx of unaccompanied children and families fleeing to the United States from Central America and will work to “to provide a […]

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President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

The debate surrounding the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions that President Obama announced last month mostly has centered on the millions of unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States who are likely to receive a three-year reprieve from deportation. But there is another aspect of the president’s announcement that has received relatively little attention despite […]

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How Immigration Executive Action Opens Doors for Foreign Entrepreneurs

How Immigration Executive Action Opens Doors for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Executive Action with 1 Comment

Much of the attention on President Obama’s executive action on immigration has focused on his use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, including certain parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. But as part of the November announcement, President Obama also signed a memorandum to explore ways to upgrade […]

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