Archive for October, 2015

DHS Secretary Johnson Discusses Border Security, Executive Action, Refugees and PEP

DHS Secretary Johnson Discusses Border Security, Executive Action, Refugees and PEP

On Thursday, Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) addressed the 12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, covering a wide-range of topics, from border security to the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) to executive action and refugees. Secretary Johnson began his remarks calling attention to misinformation around border security. He clarified […]

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UN Report Highlights Worsening Refugee Crisis in the Americas

Written by on October 29, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
UN Report Highlights Worsening Refugee Crisis in the Americas

The Northern Triangle of Central America—comprising El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—is now one of the most dangerous places on the planet. The United Nations estimates that Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, while El Salvador comes in fifth and Guatemala sixth. It is for this reason that so many Central American families […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Legislation with 3 Comments
Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to remove derogatory language describing noncitizens as “aliens” from federal law. The bill, known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act, eliminates the use of this terminology in U.S. code and federal agencies’ materials and documentation.

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Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Raleigh, the debate over whether local law enforcement officers should be involved in enforcing federal immigration law is back at the fore.

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ICE Detention System Still Lacks Transparency and Accountability, Says Report

Written by on October 23, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
ICE Detention System Still Lacks Transparency and Accountability, Says Report

After 9/11, the immigration detention system in the United States began to expand dramatically, with very little in the way of transparency or accountability as to how the system operated or what happened to the people who were detained. Not surprisingly, stories began to surface of human rights abuses suffered by detainees at the hands […]

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Complexity of Central American Migration Explored at Senate Hearing

Written by on October 22, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Complexity of Central American Migration Explored at Senate Hearing

This week, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held yet another hearing to examine the causes and implications of the high rate of migration from Central America, mainly from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) opened the hearing by framing it as a border security […]

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CBP Releases Use of Force Breakdown: Unclear What It Means

Written by on October 21, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
CBP Releases Use of Force Breakdown: Unclear What It Means

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a yearly report on the number of use of force incidents. The report stated that use of force incidents by officers and agents were down 26 percent from the previous year, from 1,037 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to 768 in FY 2015. The announcement was […]

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The Battle Over Birth Certificates in Texas

Written by on October 20, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
The Battle Over Birth Certificates in Texas

In May, a group of undocumented parents, represented by South Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas for denying their children, born in the state, birth certificates. The legal team also asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction—a temporary order that would force […]

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Senate to Vote on “Sanctuary Cities” Legislation

Written by on October 19, 2015 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Senate to Vote on “Sanctuary Cities” Legislation

The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” (S. 2146). The bill is an enforcement-only approach to immigration and fails to address our outdated immigration laws and the need to enact comprehensive reforms. S. 2146 attempts to punish so-called “sanctuary cities” […]

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