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Pro-Immigrant Measures Make Gains At The State Level

Written by on March 29, 2013 in State and Local with 3 Comments
Pro-Immigrant Measures Make Gains At The State Level

As we reach the midpoint in state legislative sessions, 2013 is shaping up to be a year where most states are moving in a more positive direction when it comes to immigration policy. Lawmakers from both parties have become more inclined to support pro-immigrant measures, shifting away from the anti-immigrant policies that swept across states […]

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U.S. Border-Enforcement Programs Target Immigrants Who Aren’t a Threat to Anyone

Written by on March 28, 2013 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
U.S. Border-Enforcement Programs Target Immigrants Who Aren’t a Threat to Anyone

Since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in 2003, its immigration-enforcement agencies—Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—have been officially devoted to the protection of U.S. national security and the prevention of terrorist attacks. However, the bulk of the work done by CBP and ICE on a day-to-day basis […]

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Facebook Founder “Likes” Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Facebook Founder “Likes” Comprehensive Immigration Reform

While immigration reform has long been important to Silicon Valley, for the most part the advocacy has focused on high tech issues such as expanded immigration for workers in science and technology fields and increased access to H-1B temporary visas.  The breadth of support for more comprehensive reform, however, has been growing, as it becomes […]

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How the Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Will Impact Immigration Law

How the Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Will Impact Immigration Law

Family unity is one of the driving forces in our immigration system.  United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can obtain immigrant visas for their spouses.  Many foreign nationals who come to the United States on employment-based visas bring their spouses and children with them.  And some waivers and forms of relief from removal are […]

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Hundreds of Detained Immigrants Held in Solitary Confinement

Hundreds of Detained Immigrants Held in Solitary Confinement

Every day, out of more than 30,000 detainees, roughly 300 immigrants are held in solitary confinement at the nation’s 50 largest detention centers overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, according to federal data. Solitary confinement is one of most expensive forms of detention, the New York Times reports, and nearly half of immigrant […]

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Immigration Watchdogs: Keep Calm and Press On

Immigration Watchdogs: Keep Calm and Press On

We’ve hit a point in the life cycle of the long awaited Senate immigration reform bill that a lot of parents will remember well.  It’s those last few days before the baby is born, when anxiety and excitement are present in equal measure.  Rather than speculating about the baby’s eye color or who the baby […]

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Hearing and Report Highlight Lack of Due Process in Immigration System

Hearing and Report Highlight Lack of Due Process in Immigration System

This week, Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware presided over a public hearing to discuss what so many of us know:  the immigration courts are failing to provide a fair, efficient, and effective system of justice.  Many of the concerns raised by Senator Coons, as well as some of the witnesses, during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee […]

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Supporting STEM Education Where It’s Most Needed

Supporting STEM Education Where It’s Most Needed

Geography is a topic often lost in national-level immigration policy and the ensuing conversations around comprehensive reform. We frequently hear statistics cited at the national level. However, all too often, data at the metropolitan and local level – where the challenges and opportunities of immigration policy play out – are overlooked in policy debates.

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The Sooner Immigrants Become Citizens, the Better it is for the Economy

The Sooner Immigrants Become Citizens, the Better it is for the Economy

As lawmakers negotiate the contours of an immigration reform bill, they should keep in mind that the granting of legal status to undocumented immigrants would be a boon for the U.S. economy—and allowing undocumented immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens would be an even bigger boon. Such is the finding of a report from the […]

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Why Regional Economies Need Immigration Reform

Why Regional Economies Need Immigration Reform

Comprehensive immigration reform and its array of issues is a hot topic of discussion these days at the national level. Yet while those in Washington continue crafting proposals, states  are most impacted by the country’s current outdated immigration system and are making the economic and moral case for reform, as a recent Chicago Council on […]

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