Archive for October, 2014

With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Immigration reform legislation remains stalled in Congress, and the Obama administration has yet to announce what executive actions the president will take on immigration after the election. In response to the lack of reform, churches across the country are sheltering undocumented immigrants who face imminent deportation by providing them with sanctuary. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is […]

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Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

An old myth about African Americans and immigrants resurfaced on Monday thanks to a series of over-reactions to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procurement order. In the complicated world of government procurement, the government has to plan for purchases far in advance, even if it ultimately doesn’t purchase everything on its list.  Consequently, […]

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Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

Written by on October 29, 2014 in Immigration 101 with 3 Comments
Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

An unauthorized immigrant allegedly shot and killed two police officers on Friday in Northern California. Not surprisingly, opponents of immigration reform immediately tried to turn a tragic incident into an argument against immigration reform. As Kevin Johnson, dean of University of California-Davis Law School, said, “Everyone agrees that this is the sort of person we […]

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How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker

Written by on October 28, 2014 in Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker

When a U.S. multinational company wants to bring a talented employee from overseas to work in the U.S. for a fixed period, it typically pursues what’s called an “L-1 visa” for transferring employees between related entities. There are two L-1 categories—the L-1A, which is reserved for executives and managers; and the L-1B, which is available […]

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Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Elections, Immigration 101 with 3 Comments
Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Along with campaign ads and ballot initiatives, the November elections inevitably bring allegations that non-citizens are turning out in droves to skew elections.  Despite repeated investigations over the years finding no indication that systematic vote fraud by non-citizens occurs, some voters will have to navigate cumbersome voter identification laws designed to address a non-existent problem. […]

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After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have […]

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Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Demographics, Elections with 1 Comment
Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

The U.S. electorate is undergoing a seismic shift that is playing itself out over the course of decades. As the American Immigration Council describes in a new report, “New Americans”—immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as the native-born children of immigrants—comprise a growing share of voters in the United States. The same is […]

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How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three year old who arrived at the United States border in April 2014 because family members […]

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Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

Written by on October 21, 2014 in Asylum, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 1 Comment
Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report last week documenting serious flaws in the procedures used to deport noncitizens apprehended at or near the border—flaws that are resulting in the deportation of Central Americans who face serious harm in their home countries. The report is based on interviews of 35 noncitizens detained in the United […]

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Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

Written by on October 20, 2014 in Enforcement, Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

As the Ebola outbreak continues to take lives in West Africa, restrictionists have predictably started their  “crusade” to ban travel from West African countries. Specifically, over the past few weeks, nativist groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as well as some lawmakers started criticizing […]

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