Archive for September, 2015

Indictment of Border Patrol Agent for Murder Provides Some Much-Needed Accountability

Written by on September 30, 2015 in Abuses with 0 Comments
Indictment of Border Patrol Agent for Murder Provides Some Much-Needed Accountability

Justice was served on September 23, when a federal grand jury indicted Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz for the second-degree murder of 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez in Nogales, Mexico, in October of 2012. Rodríguez was shot at least eight times. Seven of the bullets hit him in the back. Swartz claimed self-defense, saying that […]

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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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New Report Depicts Ongoing Abuses by Border Patrol

Written by on September 28, 2015 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Report Depicts Ongoing Abuses by Border Patrol

Related Content: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse Deported migrants suffer a range of abuses at the hands of Custom and Border Patrol agents, according to a new Kino Border Initiative (KBI) report. The report relies on original surveys of Mexican migrants that were deported to Nogales, Mexico during the second half […]

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Pope Francis Calls Upon Congress to Welcome Refugees and Honor America’s Immigrant History

Written by on September 25, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pope Francis Calls Upon Congress to Welcome Refugees and Honor America’s Immigrant History

In the past, Pope Francis has not shied away from urging word leaders to show more humanity towards migrants around the globe. This week, during his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis took this message to both the White House and a joint session of Congress. Within moments of his first public remarks […]

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Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Written by on September 24, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced changes to the regulations governing legal representation in immigration court and at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Every year, thousands of immigrants are forced to represent themselves in immigration court. The changes are intended to increase representation of immigrants who are facing deportation – […]

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Private Prison Company Expands Immigration Reach with $11 Million Contract

Written by on September 23, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Private Prison Company Expands Immigration Reach with $11 Million Contract

Related Content: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced a pilot case management program as an alternative to holding mothers and children in detention. The annual $11 million contract was awarded to Geo Care LLC, a subsidiary of the Geo Group—the second largest private prison company in […]

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Immigrants Integrating As Well, If Not Better, Than Previous Generations, Report Finds

Written by on September 22, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Integrating As Well, If Not Better, Than Previous Generations, Report Finds

If you have been paying even a little attention to the Presidential debates, you might have picked up on the theme cast by some that there is something terribly wrong with today’s immigrants. That somehow they are not assimilating into U.S. society as well as the waves of immigrants who came before them. However, this […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program

Written by on September 21, 2015 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program

Related Content: New American Investors Making a Difference in the Economy In a new report, the Bipartisan Policy Center weighed in on the current discussion surrounding the immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, making a case for why the program has provided positive benefits and could continue to do so in the future. The report, EB-5 […]

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Scathing Report and Calls for End to Family Detention

Written by on September 18, 2015 in Detention with 2 Comments
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Scathing Report and Calls for End to Family Detention

Related Content: Family Detention Resource Page This week, the drumbeat to end family detention got louder when the United States Commission on Civil Rights (the Commission) released a report which focused on conditions in immigration detention centers and family detainees. The report—sent directly to the President, the Vice President, and the Speaker of House—contains numerous findings […]

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After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

Written by on September 17, 2015 in State and Local with 0 Comments
After Five Years, Are Challenges to SB 1070 Coming to an End?

A federal judge in Arizona issued a decision on September 4, which some say signals the end of years of legal challenges against Arizona’s SB 1070 law. For the most part, the law has been gutted, drastically reducing much of the negative impact of this wrong-headed, draconian state immigration law, which made Arizona the subject […]

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