Archive for December, 2013

House Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Gives Hope to Immigration Activists

Written by on December 13, 2013 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
House Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Gives Hope to Immigration Activists

One day before Congress left town for the holiday recess, the House of Representatives approved a two-year budget deal by a wide margin. Despite some GOP opposition to the plan, House Speaker John Boehner allowed a vote on the plan, which passed with a majority of Democratic and Republican votes. The budget outline now heads […]

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Nuevos Informes Revelan Cultura de Crueldad dentro de la Patrulla Fronteriza

Written by on December 13, 2013 in Detention, En Español, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Nuevos Informes Revelan Cultura de Crueldad dentro de la Patrulla Fronteriza

Esta semana el American Immigration Council publicó dos nuevos informes que muestran a las claras ciertos patrones sistemáticos en el uso de la fuerza por parte de la Patrulla Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos. En particular, los informes ponen en evidencia una serie de abusos, tanto físicos como verbales, ejercidos contra inmigrantes indocumentados durante el […]

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House Hearing Misses the Mark on Asylum Claims

Written by on December 12, 2013 in Asylum, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection, Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
House Hearing Misses the Mark on Asylum Claims

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday about whether or not abuse of the asylum system is “overwhelming our borders.” What the committee ended up focusing on, however, was the alleged abuse of the credible fear screening process, a preliminary step in the application process for some asylum seekers. Although credible fear is different […]

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Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act

Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, a case challenging the government’s restrictive interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). The CSPA provides relief for the longstanding problem of children included on a parent’s visa application who “age out” – that is, turn 21 and lose their status […]

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New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

Written by on December 10, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
New Reports Expose Subculture of Cruelty Within the U.S. Border Patrol

There is a subculture of cruelty within the Border Patrol—and, more broadly, within the entire machinery of the U.S. deportation regime. From the ranks of frontline Border Patrol agents to the guards in private, for-profit detention facilities, the abuse of detainees is widely tolerated and even accepted. This is the central finding to emerge from […]

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As Congress Looks to Next Year, Activists Keep Immigration Reform Alive

As Congress Looks to Next Year, Activists Keep Immigration Reform Alive

Congress takes a holiday break at the end of this week and won’t return from recess until January. This pause in the legislative calendar, however, has little meaning for immigration activists who are continuing to push Congress to act on immigration reform. While the timetable may be changing, the commitment to work for reform has […]

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From the Mouths of Babes: Children Demand Immigration Reform

From the Mouths of Babes: Children Demand Immigration Reform

Families across the U.S. are facing the holidays separated from mothers, fathers, and siblings due to deportations and years-long waits for visas. Children—some of whose parents are undocumented immigrants—have taken to the halls of Congress this week to go to congressional offices, meet with members, and ask them to support immigration reform so that their […]

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Local Officials Improve Immigration Enforcement Policies as Congress Fails to Act

Local Officials Improve Immigration Enforcement Policies as Congress Fails to Act

The county council in King County, Washington, decided this week that local law enforcement officials will stop honoring federal immigration agents’ requests to detain immigrants who are arrested for low-level crimes. They voted 5-4 for the new policy on Monday, and supporters hope the change “will build trust between local police and immigrants who don’t […]

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The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too

The punishment should fit the crime. That maxim is as old as law itself, dating at least as far back as the Old Testament and Hammurabi’s Code.  It’s firmly rooted in our Constitution’s Due Process Clause and the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment. That principle—referred to as proportionality—appears in […]

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‘Fast 4 Families’ Moves to Next Phase as New Fasters Take the Mantle

Written by on December 3, 2013 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
‘Fast 4 Families’ Moves to Next Phase as New Fasters Take the Mantle

On the National Mall today, the four core fasters leading the “Fast 4 Families” ordained new fasters and ended their 22–day, water-only fast. Members of Congress, the faith community and civil and immigrant rights groups turned out to witness the four fasters passing the baton over to others who will continue the fast until House […]

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