Archive for December, 2014

Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

This year, the narrative on immigration swung from hope that the House of Representatives would follow the Senate’s lead and act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation to hopelessness when Republican leaders refused to act. Then attention turned to anticipation of the President’s announcement of temporary executive actions to improve the nation’s immigration system. Also, over […]

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Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?

Written by on December 30, 2014 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?

The misnamed Secure Communities program has been plagued with problems since its inception—most fundamentally, its failure to make communities more “secure.” Critics of the program have cited to its adverse impact on community policing, asserted that it encourages racial profiling, and highlighted the mounting evidence that many individuals encountered and subsequently removed through the program […]

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How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations

How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations

When President Obama announced his executive actions on immigration in November, much of the focus was on the new temporary immigration protections, namely the deferred action programs (called DACA and DAPA). Of all of the announced reforms, DACA and DAPA certainly will affect the greatest number of people, with potentially 5 million individuals eligible to […]

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Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Half of the states have joined a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the latest being Tennessee. Yet leadership of cities across the nation support the administration’s actions—even those within states whose governors and attorneys general are suing to stop it. What explains the disconnect? It seems the higher-up the elected official, the […]

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Sheriff Arpaio’s Lawsuit Against Executive Action Faces Uphill Climb

Written by on December 22, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash with 0 Comments
Sheriff Arpaio’s Lawsuit Against Executive Action Faces Uphill Climb

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in the first of two cases being brought against parts of President Obama’s recently announced executive action on immigration. Notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to stop the implementation of the DACA and DAPA programs based on the increased […]

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Five Things to Know About Deportation Relief for Some Immigrant Parents

Written by on December 22, 2014 in DACA/DAPA with 1 Comment
Five Things to Know About Deportation Relief for Some Immigrant Parents

The most impactful component of President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action will be the creation of a new program designed to offer deportation reprieves and work authorization to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders who pass a background check and meet other requirements. Here are five things you need to know about […]

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Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

Written by on December 19, 2014 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Legal Challenges to Immigration Executive Action: Long on Politics, Short on Law

Within hours of President Obama’s November announcement of his executive actions on immigration, collectively referred to as the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, lawsuits challenging these new policies began. The lawsuits appear to be politicized attempts to use the courts to challenge President Obama’s authority to defer deportations, even though widespread agreement exists that the president’s […]

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New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

Written by on December 18, 2014 in Detention, Enforcement with 5 Comments
New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas this week. The privately owned facility is designed to house 2,400 people—mostly women and children—who are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The opening of this detention center reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to its flawed deterrence policy, which it began […]

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How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, and while the president’s executive actions on immigration offer temporary deportation reprieves for millions, some unauthorized immigrants might be eligible for permanent immigration relief and not know it. That’s the finding of a recent report published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The […]

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Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Since 2010, the boundaries have been blurring among nativist organizations, Tea Party factions, and so-called “Patriot” groups as both their memberships and leaderships commingle.  And so self-described nativists are now likely to spew forth rhetoric that is heavily imbued with the kind of shrill anti-government propaganda one might find on display at a Tea Party […]

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