Archive for January, 2013

Why Should We Support a Legalization Program for Unauthorized Immigrants?

Why Should We Support a Legalization Program for Unauthorized Immigrants?

As the immigration debate heats up in Congress, the central question for much of the American public will be whether or not to create a pathway to legal status for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now living in the United States. In formulating an answer to that question, however, it is necessary to ask two […]

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Federal Judge Leaves Anti-DACA Lawsuit Hanging By a Thread

Federal Judge Leaves Anti-DACA Lawsuit Hanging By a Thread

Lost amidst coverage of recent immigration reform proposals was a ruling issued last Friday in Kris Kobach’s legal crusade against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The lawsuit, filed last summer in a federal court in Dallas, alleges the program violates an obscure provision of the immigration laws that supposedly prohibits immigrants who […]

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President Lays Out His Vision For Immigration Reform

President Lays Out His Vision For Immigration Reform

After eight Republican and Democratic senators yesterday released their framework for comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama laid out his administration’s vision today of what he thinks should be included in the bill to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. He praised the bipartisan principles, which mirror the White House’s 2011 blueprint for immigration reform. “At this […]

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Senators Unveil Framework for Effective Immigration Reform

Senators Unveil Framework for Effective Immigration Reform

Eight Senators today released a “Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” which proposes an overhaul of our legal immigration system while expanding border security measures and hardening current employment verification procedures. Most notably, the proposal would give unauthorized immigrants already in the country a chance to earn U.S. citizenship. Although the framework is only a […]

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Senate’s Symbolic Bill Rings Opening Bell on Immigration Reform

Senate’s Symbolic Bill Rings Opening Bell on Immigration Reform

This week, the White House revealed that President Obama will lay out a proposal for immigration reform at a speech in Nevada next week.  The visit to the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may reflect the strong support Reid and Nevada Latinos have given to Obama. It also follows Senator Reid’s clear […]

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Getting to a Citizenship Consensus

Getting to a Citizenship Consensus

Immigration reform is enjoying a resurgence of support in both parties, with groups from a variety of backgrounds coming out in favor of a range of changes to our current system.  The most striking change may be the melting of opposition to a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  […]

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Will USCIS Develop Fair, Humane Travel Policies for DACA Recipients?

Will USCIS Develop Fair, Humane Travel Policies for DACA Recipients?

For many young immigrants who are now lawfully present under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative—which grants them the right to work and live in the United States for at least two years—the next question may be, when will they be able to travel outside of the United States?  Depending on what guidance […]

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Why Immigrants Should Have Access to Legal Counsel

Why Immigrants Should Have Access to Legal Counsel

U. S. immigration laws are incredibly complex, yet they provide only minimal due process protections for even the most vulnerable noncitizens. In criminal courts, defendants who cannot afford an attorney are provided one for free, but in immigration court, noncitizens do not receive the same protections. As a result, many immigrants facing deportation are forced […]

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BREAKING: Administration Confirms DACA Recipients Are “Lawfully Present”

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BREAKING: Administration Confirms DACA Recipients Are “Lawfully Present”

In updated guidance released this afternoon by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Obama Administration confirmed that recipients of deferred action are authorized to be in the United States and therefore considered to be “lawfully present” under federal immigration laws. The guidance should clarify the debate over whether beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood […]

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Business and Religious Leaders Come Together to Champion Immigration Reform

Business and Religious Leaders Come Together to Champion Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is an undertaking of such importance that it should transcend partisanship. That was the fundamental message of the business and religious leaders who gathered together yesterday at a press conference organized by the National Immigration Forum. The press conference was part of a campaign called Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, […]

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