Archive for November, 2013

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2013

Written by on November 27, 2013 in Family-Based Immigration, Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
Talking Turkey on Immigration 2013

In an effort to preserve harmony at the Thanksgiving table, we have for the last several years offered up tips on making the case for immigration reform in front of, what is for many, the most hostile audience of all—their families. Even in the most congenial of families, there’s likely to be someone who can […]

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Keeping CBP In Line With Proposed Reforms

Written by on November 26, 2013 in Enforcement, Reform with 1 Comment
Keeping CBP In Line With Proposed Reforms

In May 2010, Congress submitted a request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) policy on the use of force by border patrol agents. Drawing on recommendations from a hard-hitting report by DHS’s Office of Inspector General, as well as an internal review and an […]

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Report: ICE Officers Fail to Report Some Sex Abuse Claims

Written by on November 25, 2013 in Abuses, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment
Report: ICE Officers Fail to Report Some Sex Abuse Claims

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers failed to report numerous allegations of sexual abuse over the last four years, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Between October 2009 to March 2013, ICE headquarters received reports of  215 allegations of sexual abuse and assault, but a GAO audit of 10 of […]

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Will Filipinos Be Granted Temporary Protected Status in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan?

Will Filipinos Be Granted Temporary Protected Status in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan?

In the wake of the devastating Typhoon that hit the Philippines, the Department of Homeland Security should consider providing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipino nationals in the U.S.  TPS is an immigration status for nationals of certain countries.  The Secretary of Homeland Security designates a country for TPS due to ongoing armed conflict, an […]

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New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

The highest court in New York ruled on Tuesday that due process compels state court judges to warn defendants in criminal proceedings who are not U.S. citizens that pleading guilty to a felony may result in their deportation. The court noted that “deportation is a plea consequence of such tremendous importance, grave impact and frequent […]

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Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

For more than a century, study after study has confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of either violent or property crime. Unfortunately, […]

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D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

Written by on November 19, 2013 in Integration, State and Local with 3 Comments
D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

As House leaders delay on passing immigration reform that would help millions of immigrants already in the U.S., Washington, D.C., officials are taking steps to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants who call the city home. Last week the D.C. Council passed a bill, written by Council member Mary Cheh, which allows undocumented residents to […]

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Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

Written by on November 18, 2013 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Integration with 1 Comment
Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first announced, it was clear that individuals would have to meet some sort of education requirement in order to obtain the program’s many benefits, including a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation, work authorization, a social security number, and—in nearly every state—the chance to apply for […]

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USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Written by on November 15, 2013 in Family-Based Immigration with 2 Comments
USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Today, USCIS issued guidance that is intended to prevent current and former members of the U.S. armed forces from being separated from their noncitizen family members.  The memo indicates that the noncitizen family members may be afforded “parole in place.”  “Parole in place” is a discretionary tool that allows a noncitizen who is in the […]

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House Inaction Escalates Community’s Demands for Immigration Reform

House Inaction Escalates Community’s Demands for Immigration Reform

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reassured a few die-hard anti-immigration reform activists when he said he would never agree to a conference to reach agreement on a House immigration bill and the Senate’s bipartisan immigration that passed in June. But his comments fired up those who want to see Congress improve the nation’s broken immigration […]

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