Archive for July, 2012

Where and Who Are The Young People Eligible for the President’s “Deferred Action” Initiative

Where and Who Are The Young People Eligible for the President’s “Deferred Action” Initiative

The Obama Administration’s “deferred action” initiative for unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children has raised a number of crucial questions. How many people will be eligible? Who are they? And where do they live? A new analysis by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), together with Rob Paral & Associates, provides some […]

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ICE Numbers on Prosecutorial Discretion Keep Sliding Downward

ICE Numbers on Prosecutorial Discretion Keep Sliding Downward

Since June 15, the immigration world has largely focused on the impending “deferred action” initiative for individuals who could have qualified for relief under the DREAM Act. Meanwhile, comparatively little attention has been paid to the still ongoing review of more than 300,000 pending removal cases for individuals meriting a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. […]

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New Americans Represent Team USA at the London Olympics

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New Americans Represent Team USA at the London Olympics

Today, the 2012 Olympics formally kick off in London where the best athletes from around the world are meeting to compete. The United States is well-represented, not only by our native born-athletes but by many “New Americans.” In fact, approximately 38 of those competing on Team USA are naturalized U.S. citizens. These athletes remind us […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Two recent reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) contain discouraging news about the backlog in our nation’s immigration courts. One noted that the number of pending removal proceedings has reached a record high, while the other reported that a relatively small number of cases have been closed through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. […]

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New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

Who uses H-1Bs and for what types of jobs is a topic of constant debate in Congress and in communities across the country.  The Brookings Institute recently released a new report mapping H-1B workers in the U.S which addresses some of these questions and sheds new light on the topic. The H-1B program allows employers […]

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Lieutenant Governor Makes Plea for Maryland DREAM Act

Lieutenant Governor Makes Plea for Maryland DREAM Act

At the end of its 2011 legislative session, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill that would allow certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland community colleges, joining 12 other states with similar laws. Now, however, opponents of the law have gathered enough signatures to suspend the law and force a referendum come November. […]

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California DREAMers Exhibit High Levels of Civic Participation, Yet Face Significant Hardships

California DREAMers Exhibit High Levels of Civic Participation, Yet Face Significant Hardships

By Caitlin Patler, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UCLA There are roughly 5 million undocumented children and young adults currently living in the U.S. today, 24% (or 1.1 million) of whom live in California. As in other states, California’s undocumented youth face a unique and challenging paradox. On one hand, they work hard, excel academically, participate […]

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Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

Today, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee and, as expected, defended the administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion and recently announced deferred action policies for qualified DREAMers—fielding questions and accusations from those who would rather take Napolitano to task than focus on creating smart, humane, and effective immigration policies.

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Critics Try to Sink Obama’s Deferred Action Program Before It Even Begins

Critics Try to Sink Obama’s Deferred Action Program Before It Even Begins

Secretary Janet Napolitano is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow and the number one topic is likely to be the June 15 announcement of Deferred Action for Dreamers. Now that a majority of the Supreme Court has blessed the use of prosecutorial discretion as a legitimate function of the executive branch, critics […]

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