Archive for July, 2015

John Kasich’s Silence on Immigration Policies as Governor of Ohio

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John Kasich’s Silence on Immigration Policies as Governor of Ohio

Ohio Governor John Kasich is the sixteenth Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race. His campaign website states that Kasich has “done it all.” However, Kasich’s record shows that he has done little to address immigration issues in Ohio, and he has yet to put forward a concrete vision of what federal policy should look […]

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Insider Speaks Out Alongside Formerly Detained Mothers Seeking Protection in the U.S.

Written by on July 30, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Insider Speaks Out Alongside Formerly Detained Mothers Seeking Protection in the U.S.

At a congressional briefing held earlier this week, Dr. Olivia López spoke out about her experiences as a former social worker at the Karnes family detention center alongside formerly detained mothers, advocates and members of Congress. Dr. López felt compelled to resign from her position in April after her employer, GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), a private prison […]

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Court Finds Federal Officers Can be Sued for Mistreatment of Immigrants in Detention

Written by on July 29, 2015 in Due Process & the Courts, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Court Finds Federal Officers Can be Sued for Mistreatment of Immigrants in Detention

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled last month that eight immigrant men who were detained under extremely punitive conditions in maximum security facilities following 9/11, could proceed with their lawsuit against the individual federal officials responsible for their mistreatment. All of the plaintiffs in Turkmen v. Ashcroft were caught up in the […]

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Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

Elvis Garcia is a migration counselor at the Catholic Charities Community Services of New York. He is also a former unaccompanied child who fled from his native Honduras in 2005 when he was 15 years old. Last week, Garcia and several others participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services to […]

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Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

Written by on July 27, 2015 in Detention, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

A federal judge issued an order in the Flores case that should go a long way to ending the government’s practice of detaining children and their mothers in unlicensed, secure facilities in Dilley and Karnes, Texas. Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. […]

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Study Estimates the Impact of New Priority Enforcement Policies on Deportation Numbers

Written by on July 24, 2015 in Enforcement, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Study Estimates the Impact of New Priority Enforcement Policies on Deportation Numbers

The Migration Policy Institute released a new report that examines the potential impact of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new policy guidance for immigration enforcement, which attempts to focus immigration enforcement more specifically on certain categories of individuals while, according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, “deprioritizing those undocumented who have been here for […]

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White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

As part of November 2014’s Executive Action announcement, the President issued a memorandum directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to recommend improvements to the immigration system. After seeking public input and receiving roughly 1,650 responses, the agencies submitted their recommendations to the White House and on July 15, the White House released its […]

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Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

When thousands of Central American families fled violence to the United States last year, the Administration responded by opening family detention centers, which are detaining mothers and children as their asylum-based claims work through the court system. Family detention has since led to complaints of psychological harm, suicide attempts, protests and hunger strikes by detainees, […]

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Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

Written by on July 21, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Legislation with 0 Comments
Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

The tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco this month prompted Congress to schedule two hearings this week—one held today in the Senate Judiciary Committee and another scheduled for Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. While several family members of victims shared their heart-wrenching stories of loss in today’s Senate hearing, one witness, Reverend […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

If there is one thing that the past few decades of immigration enforcement has made clear, it’s that unauthorized immigration responds much more to the U.S. job market and the natural desire for family reunification than it does to border fences or the ubiquitous presence of armed immigration agents. Since the last major overhaul of […]

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