Archive for October, 2013

Rumors of Immigration Reform’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, Again

Written by on October 31, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
Rumors of Immigration Reform’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, Again

The rumors of immigration reforms’ death have been greatly exaggerated over the years. In only the past few months, we’ve seen headlines like “Immigration Reform Heads for a Slow Death,” “Immigration Reform is Probably Dead,” and “RIP: Immigration Reform Bill is Dead.” Everyone wants to be the first to call it, the first to declare […]

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Alabama’s HB 56 Anti-Immigrant Law Takes Final Gasps

Alabama’s HB 56 Anti-Immigrant Law Takes Final Gasps

Immigration advocates who have been fighting against Alabama’s HB 56, the punitive immigration measure often called the “show me your papers” law, declared victory after the state agreed not to pursue key provisions of the 2011 legislation. The agreement is part of a settlement of long-running lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) […]

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ICE Will Not Use Health Care Application Information for Immigration Enforcement Purposes

Written by on October 29, 2013 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration with 0 Comments
ICE Will Not Use Health Care Application Information for Immigration Enforcement Purposes

Last Friday U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a clarification stressing that information provided by those applying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will not trigger immigration enforcement. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); however, this clarification should bring peace of mind to mixed-status families. […]

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California Republican Becomes First to Join Comprehensive House Immigration Bill

Written by on October 28, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments
California Republican Becomes First to Join Comprehensive House Immigration Bill

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) announced over the weekend that he will be the first Republican to become a co-sponsor of HR 15, the comprehensive House immigration bill introduced earlier this month. He confirmed the news to Univision anchor Jorge Ramos during an interview that aired on “Al Punto” Sunday, and he said he was going […]

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Report: Immigration Leads to Local Job Growth

Written by on October 25, 2013 in Business & the Workforce, Economics, Integration with 1 Comment
Report: Immigration Leads to Local Job Growth

With a nod to boosting economic growth, Atlanta—Georgia’s capital and the ninth largest metropolitan region in the United States—is embarking on a path to be more welcoming to immigrants. Earlier this week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city’s success is tied to the talent and engagement of all of its members, including immigrants. He […]

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Are You Really Too Old for DACA?

Written by on October 24, 2013 in DACA/DAPA, Integration, Legislation with 2 Comments
Are You Really Too Old for DACA?

It is past time to clear up an oft-repeated misconception about President Obama’s deportation deferral program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): it is simply not true that individuals must be under 31 to be eligible for DACA. Any individual born after June 15, 1981 is within—and shall remain within—DACA’s age requirements. Only individuals […]

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It’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month in Massachusetts!

It’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is no stranger to the many benefits immigrant entrepreneurs bring to communities. From family owned restaurants and shops along small town main streets, to large Fortune 500 companies, immigrant-owned businesses make sizeable contributions to Massachusetts. And as a growing number of places around the country make efforts to attract and welcome immigrants, Massachusetts continues […]

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Three Ways Congressional Inaction on Immigration is Hurting Children

Written by on October 22, 2013 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration, Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
Three Ways Congressional Inaction on Immigration is Hurting Children

Last week, First Focus released a new report, “The Cost of Inaction: Why Children Can’t Wait for Immigration Reform.” The report highlights the particularly vulnerable position children are placed in within our broken immigration system.

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After Government Reopens, Calls for Immigration Reform Build

Written by on October 21, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
After Government Reopens, Calls for Immigration Reform Build

Now that Congress has ended the government shutdown and narrowly averted hitting the nation’s debt ceiling, it should come as no surprise that immigration reform is back in the news. Supporters of reform are pushing for House leadership to bring a path to citizenship and other immigration bills to the floor for a vote, while […]

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Holding the Detention System Accountable for Alleged Post 9/11 Abuses

Written by on October 18, 2013 in Abuses, Detention, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Holding the Detention System Accountable for Alleged Post 9/11 Abuses

A dozen years ago, in the days after 9/11, the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn served as the site of unimaginable horror: twenty-three hour cell confinement; sleep and food deprivation; widespread physical abuse; endless humiliation through sexual harassment and constant strip-searches; and relentless taunting and insults.  The subjects of these atrocities were not enemy combatants […]

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