Archive for June, 2015

How Growing Latino Economic and Political Power Prevailed Over Donald Trump

Written by on June 30, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
How Growing Latino Economic and Political Power Prevailed Over Donald Trump

When Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the GOP Presidential nomination, he made some of the most racist and offensive remarks ever made by a modern-day Presidential candidate, calling Mexican’s “rapists” and criminals. In making these charged remarks he ignored a critical new reality in modern American politics: the road to the […]

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Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Last week, the nativist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) did it again. This time, CIS misrepresented data on children and families appearing in immigration court, echoing what Fox News reported earlier in the week—both outlets implying that detention is necessary to ensure appearance in court. Yet data from the immigration courts—the same data CIS […]

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Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

Written by on June 26, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 1 Comment
Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

Last summer, the flow of Central Americans seeking refuge in the United States—many of them children—reached its height. One of the government’s first responses to the increased numbers was to reinstitute family detention, with the opening of a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, one year ago tomorrow. Today, the flow at our southern border […]

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Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Written by on June 25, 2015 in Elections with 2 Comments
Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th presidential candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. He is also the third declared 2016 presidential candidate that is the son of immigrants – the two others being Sens. Mario Rubio and Ted Cruz. In his announcement speech, Jindal embraced his own immigrant heritage but, a […]

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Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Written by on June 24, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Earlier this week, eight Democratic House Members took a trip to Dilley and Karnes, Texas to visit two immigrant family detention facilities and meet with women and children detained there. Dozens of women demonstrated during the visit, using sheets and pillow cases to make their statements. One five-year-old boy held up the message, “I am […]

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Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

Written by on June 24, 2015 in News Flash, Temporary Protected Status with 0 Comments
Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

On June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquake in April. Starting immediately, Nepalese nationals in the U.S. can apply for protection against deportation, the ability to travel, and the ability to gain a work permit. […]

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Measuring Protections for LGBT Immigrants

Written by on June 23, 2015 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Measuring Protections for LGBT Immigrants

25 years ago, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation are eligible for asylum. Just months later, President George H.W. Bush lifted a ban which excluded lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants from entering the country. A recent report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Launch Over One in Four New Businesses

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Launch Over One in Four New Businesses

June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, a celebration of our shared heritage as a nation of immigrants and a time to reflect on how immigrants boost our economy. While immigrants make up around 13 percent of the U.S. population, they play an outsize role in entrepreneurship and business formation relative to their […]

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Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Entry

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the first place winner of the 18th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest inspires educators to bring U.S. immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to learn more about immigration to the U.S. and to explain, in […]

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Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

Written by on June 18, 2015 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

With one of the highest growth rates for the immigrant population since 1990, there is mounting evidence that North Carolina’s immigrant population is a crucial contributor to the state’s economy. A new report from the North Carolina Justice Center finds that immigrants generate a larger share of economic activity in North Carolina than their share […]

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