What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

Written by on October 19, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

  When you think of a national border, you probably think of a defined edge—a place where one country ends and another begins. However, when it comes to federal immigration operations, the border extends many miles into the country. While those whose daily lives are negatively impacted by this overreach of federal immigration authority have […]

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A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border

A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border

Thousands of migrants—many of whom are mothers, fathers, and children fleeing their homes in violence-stricken areas of Central America—are traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an impromptu caravan. A majority of the estimated 4,000 migrants left last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long ranked as one of the most violent […]

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The US Healthcare System Benefits From Immigrant Contributors

The US Healthcare System Benefits From Immigrant Contributors

Written by on October 17, 2018 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments

Insurers have always depended on large numbers of participants to pay into a pool so that those with the highest rates of usage are covered by those with lower rates. In other words, everyone in an insurance pool is interdependent on one another. In the case of private health insurance, immigrants are often helping shore […]

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New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported

Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported

A new report alleges that the Trump administration (and partially Obama administration) may have separated thousands more families than previously reported and also details how thousands of asylum seekers have been illegally turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues

Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues

Written by on October 12, 2018 in Due Process & the Courts, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments

Overwhelmed immigration courts and massive court backlogs have long been a nation-wide problem. Hearings are regularly scheduled years in advance—in some jurisdictions, judges are scheduling hearings into 2022. This means that many immigrants are held in limbo for years, unable to move forward, while living with the uncertainty of whether or not they will be […]

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DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children

DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children

Senators grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies, including its practice of detaining migrant children and families, at a hearing on Wednesday. The most jarring moment of the hearing was when Secretary Nielsen repeatedly refused to admit that her agency detains children. During the “Threats to […]

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The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere

The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere

Written by on October 10, 2018 in Business & the Workforce, Economics, High Skilled with 0 Comments

If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite. Canada is […]

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The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

Written by on October 9, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments

For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […]

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DHS Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Trump’s Family Separation Policy

DHS Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Written by on October 5, 2018 in Abuses, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a special report this week revealing its findings following an investigation into the Trump administration’s contentious family separation policy.

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