Archive for April, 2014

New Report Sheds (Some) Light on the U.S. Deportation Regime

Written by on April 30, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Report Sheds (Some) Light on the U.S. Deportation Regime

A new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) compiles a wide array of data and analysis describing the recent history and current configuration of the U.S. deportation regime. The prevalence of deportations that don’t involve an immigration judge, the criminalization of immigration offenses, the massive expansion of border and interior enforcement—all are well-documented in […]

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Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Written by on April 29, 2014 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation, State and Local with 1 Comment
Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Young immigrants in Virginia who receive temporary legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement Tuesday at the Northern Virginia Community College. “We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy […]

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Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Righting a Historical Wrong in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Anthony Sullivan, a native of Australia, fell in love with Richard Adams, an American, in 1971. A few years later, the couple traveled to Colorado when they learned the county clerk in Boulder was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Soon after, they filed a green-card petition based on their marriage to the then-Immigration and […]

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Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Written by on April 25, 2014 in Enforcement, Legislation with 1 Comment
Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Twenty-two Senate Republicans have made some political waves recently by sending a letter to President Obama expressing their “grave concerns” over the review of immigration enforcement policies now underway in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The aim of that review is to determine ways in which enforcement priorities might be revised to avoid the […]

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Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Immigrants across the country are helping to revitalize declining areas and growing state and local economies, and local officials increasingly recognize the vital roles of these immigrant workers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Some states and cities are creating welcoming initiatives to draw immigrants to and help them integrate into their communities. To facilitate the integration […]

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Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—the division within the Department of Justice that runs that immigration court system—released its FY2013 Statistics Yearbook detailing the number of deportation cases begun and completed in the immigration courts nationwide. The Yearbook showed a decrease in the number of immigration court cases the Department of Homeland […]

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American Boston Marathon Winner Came to U.S. as Refugee

American Boston Marathon Winner Came to U.S. as Refugee

For the first time in more than 30 years, an American man won the Boston marathon yesterday. Meb Keflezighi, a naturalized American citizen who came to the United States at age 12, finished the 26-mile race with a time of 2:08:37, his personal best. The 38-year-old Keflezighi is a three-time Olympian who won the 2009 New […]

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Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

Growing Number of Localities Limit Detention of Immigrants

At least 14 counties in Oregon have stopped honoring detainer requests from federal immigration officials. Their decisions followed a federal court ruling that officials in Clackamas County “violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause,” according to the Oregonian. Maria Miranda-Olivares sued Clackamas County after she was held […]

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On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

Written by on April 18, 2014 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 5 Comments
On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

A year ago this week, senators introduced S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill, to much fanfare. It was a high point for the immigration reform movement, only to be eclipsed by the bipartisan vote to move the bill out of committee and then, in June 2013, final passage in the Senate itself. Thus far, […]

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Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Written by on April 18, 2014 in En Español, Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Los grupos anti-inmigrantes utilizan periódicamente una táctica común que consiste en hacer circular informes que advierten a los legisladores y al público en general acerca del carácter supuestamente amenazante de los inmigrantes. Estos informes tienden a retratar a los inmigrantes como una carga económica y fiscal, una amenaza para la integración social, o una amenaza […]

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