Archive for February, 2014

More Than 600 Businesses Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform

Written by on February 28, 2014 in Business & the Workforce, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
More Than 600 Businesses Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform

Immigrants are helping to grow the economy all across the nation. Take Charlotte, North Carolina for example, where immigrant restaurant owners have opened businesses across the city catering to increasingly eclectic tastes. Tacos El Nevado is one example. Heriberto Mali and Vianey Juarez, immigrants from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, opened the restaurant […]

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Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

The recent capture in Mazatlan of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, is an example of targeted border enforcement that actually enhances border security. Although El Chapo was captured by Mexican marines, the information that led them to his doorstep came in no small measure from intelligence provided by U.S. law […]

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House Members Question and Criticize Rather Than Act to Change Immigration Policies

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Enforcement, Reform with 0 Comments
House Members Question and Criticize Rather Than Act to Change Immigration Policies

Two hearings in the House of Representatives today were unfortunate examples of how the chamber is looking back rather than forward on immigration. In his first House hearing before the Homeland Security committee, Secretary Jeh Johnson laid out his vision for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees immigration enforcement among the many agencies […]

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An Unnecessary Pre-Emptive Strike Against Young Undocumented Immigrants

Written by on February 25, 2014 in Family-Based Immigration, Legislation with 1 Comment
An Unnecessary Pre-Emptive Strike Against Young Undocumented Immigrants

This week, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a criticism of the Kids Act, a bill not yet released by House leadership. The thrust of their argument is that any legalization program the bill could propose would be an “amnesty,” no matter what the requirements, and that even young, educated immigrants who came to […]

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Recent Report on Deportation Misses the Big Picture

Recent Report on Deportation Misses the Big Picture

The Obama administration has deported nearly 2 million people so far, and it still has two years left to go. This would seem to indicate that the U.S. immigration enforcement machine is running at top speed. However, a report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)—as well as the press stories which flowed from […]

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What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like

Written by on February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like

According to the latest government statistics, over half a million DREAMers have received two-year deportation reprieves under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The first wave of these DACA recipients carry work authorization cards that are set to expire in the summer and fall. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made […]

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States Make Progress on Helping DREAMers Afford College

Written by on February 20, 2014 in State and Local with 2 Comments
States Make Progress on Helping DREAMers Afford College

For several years now, more and more states have begun to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. In fact, a majority of young undocumented immigrants now live in a state that offers tuition equity regardless of immigration status. In 2014, additional states—especially in the Southeast—are finally moving to make […]

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Guidance Released on How to Renew DACA Granted by ICE

Written by on February 20, 2014 in News Flash with 0 Comments
Guidance Released on How to Renew DACA Granted by ICE

The subset of individuals who received DACA from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may request renewal of their deferred action 120 days prior to the expiration of their original 2-year period of deferred action, according to a notice published yesterday on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.  The notice does not apply […]

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Obama Can’t Escape Immigration at North American Summit

Written by on February 19, 2014 in Economics, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Obama Can’t Escape Immigration at North American Summit

One would be hard pressed to engage in a discussion about U.S.-Mexico relations and not have the topic of immigration raise its head in a matter of minutes. Immigration is a critically important aspect of the relationship between the two countries, intersecting virtually every topic imaginable, from agriculture to popular culture. So it is ironic […]

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Fremont’s Anti-Immigrant Ordinance Out of Step with Other Cities in Nebraska

Written by on February 18, 2014 in Economics, Elections, Enforcement, State and Local with 1 Comment
Fremont’s Anti-Immigrant Ordinance Out of Step with Other Cities in Nebraska

Last week, the residents of Fremont, Nebraska voted to keep a 2010 anti-immigrant housing ordinance on the books. While the small town, with a seven percent foreign born population, has chosen to continue down its current path of exclusion, other places in Nebraska are pursuing inclusive strategies to welcome immigrants and other newcomers to their […]

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