Archive for September, 2014

Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Immigration 101, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Media outlets reported last week that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 70 percent of migrant families encountered at the border since May and released “haven’t reported” to an immigration office as instructed. ICE has released little other information about this data point. Several media outlets published this number but failed to provide […]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Written by on September 26, 2014 in Abuses, Detention, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

This summer, tens of thousands of Central American families fled violence to the U.S. southern border. The administration responded by accelerating deportation proceedings, converting government facilities to family detention centers, and then prioritizing the detention and removal of families. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, […]

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How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

As local leaders explore ways to grow their local and regional economies, one area to address is access to English language learning opportunities for all members of a community. A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, examines workers with […]

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Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Abuses, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently refers to itself as the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, yet many of its practices fail to live up to the expectations and standards by which modern, civilian police forces are measured. A constant barrage of advocacy and evidence pointing to CBP’s weaknesses in handling a range of complaints […]

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New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Economics, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Last week, the Detroit City Council unanimously passed a resolution for Detroit to become a “welcoming city.” As Global Detroit notes, “The designation,” part of the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, “recognizes places that support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality.” As Detroit exemplifies, […]

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Why 250 Counties Have Stopped Honoring Local ICE Detainers

Written by on September 22, 2014 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 4 Comments
Why 250 Counties Have Stopped Honoring Local ICE Detainers

Across the nation, local sheriff’s offices in 250 counties have stopped honoring detainer requests from (ICE) officials because of constitutional, public safety, and economic concerns. After a spate of federal rulings earlier this year found that detainers were not mandatory, local officials increasingly have come to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs […]

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New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

Written by on September 19, 2014 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

There is no shortage of data on the ways in which immigration has added value to the Texas economy. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the state each year. And, contrary to popular stereotype, the contributions of immigrants are not confined to the labor of low-wage workers in construction […]

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Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have […]

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Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by […]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells […]

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