Archive for February, 2013

BREAKING: House Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act

Written by on February 28, 2013 in Congress with 4 Comments
BREAKING: House Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act

After a failed vote on a Republican-supported version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that took out many of the bill’s expanded protections, the Republican-controlled House passed the Senate version of VAWA that adds additional coverage for immigrant, LGBT, and Native American victims. The Senate passed the bill earlier in February, so now it [...]

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Immigrants Deserve Basic Miranda-Like Warnings When Arrested

Immigrants Deserve Basic Miranda-Like Warnings When Arrested

As anyone who has watched an episode of Law and Order knows, police officers must give certain warnings to anyone placed under arrest, including that they have the right to an attorney and that the statements they make can be used against them in court. In the 1966 decision Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court [...]

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Congressional Hearing Illustrates Nativist Manipulation of “Border Security”

Congressional Hearing Illustrates Nativist Manipulation of “Border Security”

The concept of “border security” is inherently ambiguous. After all, we live in a world where no international border can be completely sealed. The risk that a bad guy will come across the border—by land, sea, or air—can never be reduced to zero, no matter how much money or manpower is funneled into border-security operations. [...]

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How Budget Cuts From Sequestration Will Affect The Nation’s Immigration System

How Budget Cuts From Sequestration Will Affect The Nation’s Immigration System

The U.S.’s immigration system, already burdened by application processing backlogs and insufficient funding for immigration courts, could become even more unwieldy if the government must slash its budget on March 1. Sequestration – a package of across-the-board government spending cuts totaling $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion over the next decade – likely will [...]

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Skilled Immigrants Filling U.S. Health Care Needs

Skilled Immigrants Filling U.S. Health Care Needs

As the debate around immigration reform continues one of the cornerstones of ongoing discussions is what kinds of skilled immigrants the U.S. needs. There is no doubt that high-skilled immigrants play an important role in America’s innovation economy, and particularly in those industries agglomerated in the Silicon Valleys and Research Triangles of the United States. [...]

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SCOTUS Narrows Protections For Noncitizens Who Received Poor Legal Advice

SCOTUS Narrows Protections For Noncitizens Who Received Poor Legal Advice

Almost three years ago, in the landmark decision Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court acknowledged the severity of deportation and that our current immigration laws make “removal nearly an automatic result” for many noncitizens convicted of crimes.  Consequently, the Court held that a criminal defense attorney must advise noncitizen clients about the risks of deportation [...]

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Business and Labor Announce Breakthrough on Immigration Reform

Written by on February 21, 2013 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Reform, Visas with 3 Comments
Business and Labor Announce Breakthrough on Immigration Reform

One of the most contentious issues that has stymied past immigration reform proposals is the divide between business and labor over how many and under what conditions the U.S. should admit new immigrants into our labor force. Also known as the “future flow” issue, the conflict lies in the tension between business’ desire to recruit [...]

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Reaching the Six-Month Mark on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Reaching the Six-Month Mark on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Department of Homeland Security has issued its latest data on the Obama Administration’s initiative that offers deferment from deportation and temporary work permits to young undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. In the first six months of the program (August 15–February 14), 423,634 out of the roughly 936,933 immigrants [...]

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Putting the White House Immigration Reform Proposal into Perspective

Putting the White House Immigration Reform Proposal into Perspective

Over the weekend, the press reported on a leaked draft of portions of the White House’s immigration proposal, and the coverage since then has been largely a frenzied discussion of whether the leak will kill Senate negotiations.  There shouldn’t be much chance of that, given the immense pressure on the Senate to not only come [...]

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Shoddy Court Process Behind the Record Number of Deportations

Shoddy Court Process Behind the Record Number of Deportations

The Obama Administration is on record for pursuing the toughest immigration enforcement policies in U.S. history, mostly evidenced by its record numbers of deportations.  These numbers speak volumes:  last year, nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States.  While these numbers are shockingly high and there has been much discussion about how these actions [...]

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