Archive for June, 2014

Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

The White House informed Congress Monday that it would seek additional funding for an aggressive border enforcement strategy designed to thwart the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors and families crossing the southwestern border, to expend more resources on fighting traffickers and drug smugglers, and to work closely with Mexico and Central American countries to end […]

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Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Executive Action, Reform with 7 Comments
Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources […]

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The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Written by on June 27, 2014 in Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill

On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S. 744, an ambitious, bipartisan comprehensive reform of our immigration system.  Although far from perfect, it represented a genuine effort to wrestle with the complex, confusing, and highly emotional train wreck that has become our immigration system.  In the months that followed, a small bipartisan team in the […]

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Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight

Written by on June 26, 2014 in Enforcement, Refugee Status with 1 Comment
Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight

The House Judiciary Committee’s June 25 hearing was supposed to be about the recent surge in the numbers of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Had this really been the subject of the hearing, the topic of escalating gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador would have […]

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Números oficiales muestran que miles de ciudadanos estadounidenses son separados de sus padres por deportaciones

Written by on June 26, 2014 in En Español, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Números oficiales muestran que miles de ciudadanos estadounidenses son separados de sus padres por deportaciones

De acuerdo al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement o ICE), dentro del conjunto de personas que fueron deportadas en 2013 72.410 declararon tener uno o más hijos nacidos en Estados Unidos. De ellos, 39.410 fueron deportados en el primer semestre y los restantes 33.000 en […]

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Thousands of U.S.-Citizen Children Separated From Parents, ICE Records Show

Written by on June 26, 2014 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
Thousands of U.S.-Citizen Children Separated From Parents, ICE Records Show

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records, 72,410 individuals deported in 2013 said they had one or more U.S.-born children. Of those, 39,410 were deported in the first half of calendar year 2013 and the remaining 33,000 in the second half. In other words, in one year alone, many thousands of U.S.-citizen kids […]

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Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

Written by on June 25, 2014 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

As Immigrant Heritage Month continues this June, it’s clear that an increasing number of places large and small across America recognize the value immigrants have brought and continue to bring to the United States. After all, metropolitan areas, as the drivers of the nation’s economy, are where the majority of immigrants live, and local communities […]

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Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

Written by on June 24, 2014 in Enforcement, Legislation, Refugee Status with 1 Comment
Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing today entitled, “Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.” Committee members questioned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on the growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Thousands of children from Central America are arriving seeking protection from the violence […]

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Child Refugees from Central America Need Protection, Not Deportation

Child Refugees from Central America Need Protection, Not Deportation

The reasons why so many unaccompanied children from Central American nations are trying to make their way to the United States are not simple. There are the abysmally high murder rates, escalating gang violence, and grinding poverty which prevail in some Central American countries. There are the family ties which some Central American families already […]

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On World Refugee Day, Consider Today’s Migrants Fleeing Violence

Written by on June 20, 2014 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
On World Refugee Day, Consider Today’s Migrants Fleeing Violence

Governments and organizations around the world mark June 20 by honoring refugees for their struggle and their contribution to their new country with World Refugee Day. As we tackle a humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States, this day is an important reminder of why we offer humanitarian protection to individuals fleeing […]

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