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Happy Holidays From Immigration Impact!

Written by on December 22, 2012 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Happy Holidays From <em>Immigration Impact</em>!

All of us at Immigration Impact would like to wish all of our readers a very happy holidays!  We’ll be back on January 2nd, 2013.  We look forward to continuing the immigration conversation with you next year!

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Countdown of the Top Five Immigration Stories of 2012

Written by on December 21, 2012 in DACA/DAPA, Elections, Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Countdown of the Top Five Immigration Stories of 2012

In the beginning of 2012, the landscape of the immigration world looked much different.  Pro-immigrant groups were coming off of a rough few years that saw the failure of the DREAM Act, a spike in deportations under President Obama, and the passage of several state-level restrictionist bills like Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB […]

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America’s Aging Crisis Will Only Grow Worse With Declining Immigration

Written by on December 20, 2012 in Demographics, Economics, Integration with 3 Comments
America’s Aging Crisis Will Only Grow Worse With Declining Immigration

As a recent story in The Economist notes, the conventional wisdom has long been that “because Americans have so many babies and welcome so many immigrants, they had more room to deal with the coming burden of pensions and health care for the elderly.” But that is no longer the case. The story goes on […]

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Federal Judges Remind Government to Consider Prosecutorial Discretion

Federal Judges Remind Government to Consider Prosecutorial Discretion

Prosecutorial discretion is the authority of a law enforcement agency or officer to decide whether and to what degree to enforce the law in particular cases.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative continues to be a successful example of prosecutorial discretion in the immigration context.  However the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) often […]

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Boston Globe Series Exposes Pitfalls of Immigration Detention

Written by on December 18, 2012 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Boston Globe Series Exposes Pitfalls of Immigration Detention

Last week, the Boston Globe ran an important series of articles on a topic that receives far too little attention: the vast network of civil detention centers that last year held more than 400,000 immigrants in the United States. The product of a year-long investigation, the series shines a spotlight on a system in which […]

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Latest DACA Approval Numbers Released by USCIS

Written by on December 14, 2012 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Latest DACA Approval Numbers Released by USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the latest numbers on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The numbers provided by the agency reflect activity between August 15, 2012 – December 13, 2012. Entering its fifth month, the numbers are encouraging. Of the nearly 1.8 million who are potentially eligible, nearly […]

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Colorado Digs Itself Into a Fiscal Hole in the Name of Immigration Enforcement

Written by on December 14, 2012 in Economics, Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
Colorado Digs Itself Into a Fiscal Hole in the Name of Immigration Enforcement

At a time when state budget deficits are growing larger, you might think that state governments would avoid imposing costly, unfunded mandates on themselves. Yet that is exactly what states are doing when they pass laws that transform their police officers into proxy immigration agents. As officers spend more of their scarce resources and time […]

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Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

For the past several years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that turn to highly-skilled temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations to operate successfully. In newly-uncovered documents, it appears that instead of supporting small businesses that attempt to hire highly-skilled foreign […]

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A Much-Needed Spotlight on Families Ripped Apart by Deportations

Written by on December 12, 2012 in Birthright Citizenship, Detention, Enforcement, Legislation with 5 Comments
A Much-Needed Spotlight on Families Ripped Apart by Deportations

On December 12, dozens of children delivered thousands of letters to Capitol Hill, calling upon lawmakers to stop the senseless division of families that is caused by the deportation of mothers and fathers who are not a threat to anyone. The event was part of “A Wish for the Holidays,” a campaign with a simple […]

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Guidance on ICE Detainers Sends Ripples Through California

Written by on December 11, 2012 in Detention, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Guidance on ICE Detainers Sends Ripples Through California

Every year, local law enforcement agencies receive thousands of requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep individuals in custody—even after they are entitled to release—while federal officers determine whether to initiate removal proceedings. Last Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued simple but groundbreaking guidance to all law enforcement agencies in the […]

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