Archive for September, 2013

Questions About Traveling Abroad Confront DACA Recipients

Written by on September 16, 2013 in DACA/DAPA with 1 Comment
Questions About Traveling Abroad Confront DACA Recipients

Getting approved under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for DREAMers carries many benefits. DACA recipients get a renewable two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation, work authorization, the ability to receive a social security number, and, in all but two recalcitrant states where the issue is being litigated, a driver’s license. […]

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Local Immigration Enforcement Harms Community Policing and Public Safety

Local Immigration Enforcement Harms Community Policing and Public Safety

Many local municipalities and law enforcement agencies are concerned that local immigration enforcement programs such as the 287(g) program, which deputize local police to perform duties of federal immigration agents, destroy the relationship between the police and the immigrant communities on whom they rely for cooperation and crime reporting. A report released this month by […]

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Women Arrested Demand Action on Immigration Reform

Women Arrested Demand Action on Immigration Reform

More than 100 women blocked an intersection outside of the House of Representatives Thursday to push for House leaders to finally act on immigration reform. Capitol Police officers arrested the 104 women, including more than 20 who are undocumented, for the act of civil disobedience. More than 200 supporters witnessed the arrests and called on […]

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House Judiciary Chairman Says Immigration Bills Are ‘Ready To Go’

Written by on September 11, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments
House Judiciary Chairman Says Immigration Bills Are ‘Ready To Go’

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has proven what a difference a few weeks can make for immigration reform. As Congress returns this week to a packed schedule, Goodlatte told WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi on Tuesday that congressional fights over Syria and the debt limit “should not deter us from getting to [immigration] as soon […]

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Will Congress Be Ready To Play Ball on Immigration Reform?

Written by on September 10, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
Will Congress Be Ready To Play Ball on Immigration Reform?

In the classic baseball movie Bull Durham, Kevin Costner’s eyes go misty as he talks about how great it was to be “in the show” (the major league) for 21 days before being kicked back down to minor league ball. Immigration reform was in the show this spring for 60 days or so, ending in […]

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U.S. Must Confront Challenges of Attracting Global Innovation Talent

U.S. Must Confront Challenges of Attracting Global Innovation Talent

Across the United States, innovative industries in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have driven economic growth and job creation nationally and in metropolitan areas throughout the country. And the human capital—the people who are leading these innovations—comes not only from homegrown talent but also from a global labor market and talent pool. […]

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States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

Despite the slow pace of immigration reform in the House of Representatives, it has been a banner year for legislation at the state level to help undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. As the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) explains in a new report, “Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States,” state legislatures approved laws […]

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ICE Provides Critical Guidance on Limiting and Regulating the Solitary Confinement of Immigrants

Written by on September 5, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement with 1 Comment
ICE Provides Critical Guidance on Limiting and Regulating the Solitary Confinement of Immigrants

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued much-needed guidance Tuesday on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities. As Immigration Impact reported earlier this year, ICE has been severely criticized for its excessive use of isolation of immigrant detainees. Every day, out of more than 30,000 detainees, roughly 300 immigrants are held in solitary […]

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Why is the Obama Administration Arguing that Undocumented Immigrants Should Not Practice Law?

Why is the Obama Administration Arguing that Undocumented Immigrants Should Not Practice Law?

Today, the California Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that asks whether an undocumented immigrant may receive a license to practice law in California. The Committee of Bar Examiners – the entity charged with deciding who qualifies for a law license in California – supports admitting Sergio Garcia to the bar. So […]

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New Report Provides Specific Measures of Latino, Asian, and Immigrant Voters in Upcoming Elections

Written by on September 3, 2013 in Demographics, Elections, Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
New Report Provides Specific Measures of Latino, Asian, and Immigrant Voters in Upcoming Elections

Following the 2012 presidential election, many Republican leaders and pundits concluded that Mitt Romney’s position on immigration hurt him with a range of voters, particularly Latinos and Asians. As a result, senior Republicans began to argue that immigration reform was not only inevitable, but was vital to the survival of the Republican Party. While this […]

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