Archive for May, 2014

Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself

Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself

U.S. immigration laws provide only minimal due process protections for even the most vulnerable immigrants facing deportation, and in 59 percent of cases, immigrants are forced to navigate the byzantine immigration court system without representation, including many unaccompanied children. Many do not speak English, nor do they understand the laws that the courts use to […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more […]

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Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations

Written by on May 28, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations

A string of new reports and analysis have resulted in competing story lines around the deportation numbers. The question of whether current policies are indiscriminate and inhumane, or whether the Obama administration is ignoring the law and “can’t be trusted” are dominating the politics around the immigration debate today. However, a debate focused exclusively on […]

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The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll

Written by on May 27, 2014 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration with 18 Comments
The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll

The injustice of the U.S. deportation machine is apparent in many ways. There are the senseless deportations of people whose worst offense was a traffic ticket. There is the tearing apart of families as wives are separated from husbands, children from parents—not to mention the impact on communities within which those families live. And there […]

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Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today on Memorial Day

Written by on May 23, 2014 in Integration, Legislation with 0 Comments
Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today on Memorial Day

Each year, roughly 8,000 immigrants join the U.S. military, bringing linguistic skills and cultural diversity that enrich each branch of the Armed Forces. Nearly 65,000 service members have become naturalized U.S. citizens since September 2001, but there are still limits that prevent young immigrants who want to serve from doing so. In addition, there are […]

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Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

The debate around whether there exists a scarcity of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workers is heating up once again. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a new report claiming there is not, in fact, a STEM worker “shortage” in the U.S., and therefore no need to invite in high-skilled foreign-born workers. The […]

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Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Written by on May 20, 2014 in Elections with 0 Comments
Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children—often referred to as DREAMers—have grown up here, gone to school here, and formed deep roots in local communities. And while their immigration status prevents them from voting or even accessing affordable higher education in some states, DREAMers are civically active in pushing for reforms […]

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Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

As a growing number of states and counties end or limit their cooperation with immigration detainers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he is taking a “fresh look” at Secure Communities, a program that started in 2008 that allows local law enforcement to share fingerprints of people booked in jails with federal immigration […]

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Immigration Courts’ Computer Malfunction Slows an Already Crowded System

Written by on May 15, 2014 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Courts’ Computer Malfunction Slows an Already Crowded System

For more than a month, the computer system that manages federal immigration court cases has been down due to a massive malfunction. According to a notice on the website for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees immigration courts, “A hardware failure has resulted in the agency’s inability to perform some functions related […]

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New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

Written by on May 15, 2014 in DACA/DAPA with 2 Comments
New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) statistics on Thursday, revealing that over 550,000 individuals have now been granted DACA. The data, which is current through March 2014, indicate that USCIS has accepted nearly 650,000 requests. Over the past six months, the agency has accepted roughly 500 applications […]

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