Archive for November, 2015

Millions of Immigrants Could Become U.S. Citizens—and Voters

Written by on November 30, 2015 in Demographics, Elections with 0 Comments
Millions of Immigrants Could Become U.S. Citizens—and Voters

Politicians who demonize immigrants do so at their own peril. Immigrants are already a key voting bloc in many states. And they are only going to get stronger as more and more of them become lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and, ultimately, U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. Needless to say, all of these potential […]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Today, I have the pleasure of following in the footsteps of Mary Giovagnoli, who, during her five years at the American Immigration Council, entertained and enlightened us with her annual blog about how to survive and thrive when the topic turns to immigration at the Thanksgiving Day table. With good humor, she reminded us that […]

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Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Asylum, Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania. Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum […]

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Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Written by on November 23, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Last summer, the U.S. government decided to prioritize the deportations of unaccompanied children and of families with children in response to increased numbers of children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Children’s cases were conducted on an expedited schedule, or “rocket docket,” that left children with little time to try to find an […]

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Are Immigrants Better Off Now Than They Were One Year Ago?

Written by on November 20, 2015 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action with 1 Comment
Are Immigrants Better Off Now Than They Were One Year Ago?

One year ago, President Obama announced executive actions his Administration would take on immigration. These actions were meant as common-sense reforms to an immigration system that has not been upgraded in more than 20 years. The series of reforms range from temporary protections for an expanded group of unauthorized young people (expanded DACA) and parents […]

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Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice formally asked the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The formal request, called a petition for certiorari, is the first step in the Supreme Court review process. The Supreme Court likely will decide […]

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Congress Continues its Knee-Jerk Reaction to Paris Attacks

Congress Continues its Knee-Jerk Reaction to Paris Attacks

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the “American Safe Act of 2015” by a vote of 289 to 137, with 47 Democrats and all but two Republicans supporting the bill. This comes less than one week after the horrific attacks in Paris, which have left many feeling vulnerable and fearful. But this knee-jerk […]

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Ted Cruz’s Enforcement-Focused Immigration Plan

Written by on November 18, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Ted Cruz’s Enforcement-Focused Immigration Plan

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-FL) recently released his immigration plan entitled, “Cruz Plan to Stop Illegal Immigration: Secure the Border, Restore the Rule of Law, and Protect Americans.” The plan is organized in three sections: “Secure the Border,” “Restore the rule of law,” and “Reform Legal Immigration to Protect Americans.” In order to secure […]

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Foreign Students Add Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs to the U.S. Economy

Written by on November 17, 2015 in Economics with 1 Comment
Foreign Students Add Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs to the U.S. Economy

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. In addition, many foreign students go […]

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Refugees Should Not Pay the Price for Paris Attack

Refugees Should Not Pay the Price for Paris Attack

The attacks that took place in Paris just days ago sadly reflect the volatile times in which we live. The horror we witnessed was quickly followed by national mourning and an outpouring of compassion and humanity from the international community. But, fear is a powerful force, and in the aftermath of this tragedy, some U.S. […]

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