Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Detention, Family with 0 Comments

This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have [...]

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Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Integration, State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by [...]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 2 Comments

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells [...]

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Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Border, Economics, Military with 2 Comments

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a different approach [...]

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Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Written by on September 12, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments

Shifts in where immigrants are settling once they arrive in the U.S. have encouraged local governments across the country to cultivate creative opportunities to better meet challenges and promote newcomer integration into the life of a city. Continuing its new series, Cities and Regions: Reaping Migration’s Local Dividends, the Migration Policy Institute released a new [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

Written by on September 11, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 2 Comments

According to anti-immigrant groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. So it [...]

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Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action, Republicans with 1 Comment

Before adjourning for their summer recess a month ago, the House passed a partisan supplemental spending bill that had no hope of making it through the Senate. First, it did not provide anywhere near what the White House was requesting in order to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors. It also attempted to gut [...]

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New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

Written by on September 9, 2014 in 287(g), Crime, Enforcement, Secure Communities with 1 Comment

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Children, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

The nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has long blamed children for the costs of their own educations. Whether focusing its ire on immigrant children or the U.S.-born children of immigrants, FAIR is routinely outraged at how many taxpayer dollars are devoted to teaching these children to read, write, and count. So it should [...]

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Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 [...]

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