Archive for December, 2015

Top 10 Immigration Stories of 2015

Top 10 Immigration Stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close we revisit the year’s most-read blog posts on ImmigrationImpact.com. The top 10 posts include analysis of the presidential candidate’s immigration policy positions, developments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as the ongoing legal battle around President Obama’s executive actions. It also includes posts on the contributions […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

Written by on December 23, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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America Offered Them Protection and They Became Part of America

Written by on December 22, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Integration, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
America Offered Them Protection and They Became Part of America

In 2015, displaced people around the world faced incredible challenges. The well-being of refugees and the policy decisions affecting them are still at the forefront of many people’s minds. Some communities have held local rallies to demonstrate their support, while others have taken to social media to defend refugees using hashtags like #RefugeesWelcome. Yet anti-refugee […]

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Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection

Written by on December 21, 2015 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection

Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection released statistics showing an increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southwest border in October and November 2015. In those two months alone, over 10,000 unaccompanied children arrived, a 106 percent increase from the same time the prior year. Similarly, there was an increase in […]

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Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

Written by on December 18, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

This week, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government for the rest of the Fiscal Year (FY), through September 30, 2016, as well as a package of tax breaks worth around $620 billion. The spending bill, which was seen as the first significant test for […]

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Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Written by on December 17, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Each year, the Border Patrol—a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—holds hundreds of thousands of individuals in detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are meant to hold individuals for a short time while they undergo initial processing and a decision is made about where they go next, taking into account […]

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Hardening Immigration Platforms of the Republican Presidential Candidates

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Elections, Reform with 0 Comments
Hardening Immigration Platforms of the Republican Presidential Candidates

During the final GOP public debate of 2015, Republican candidates continued articulating what they would do on immigration if they were commander-in-chief. Many of the candidates have already outlined their views on their campaign websites or through public statements, including Trump, Cruz, Bush, Paul, Carson and Fiorina.

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Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

Written by on December 15, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

For the last 10 years, in federal courts across the Southwest border, the federal government has systematically prosecuted unlawful border crossers in group hearings with little-to-no due process. These prosecutions, often referred to as Operation Streamline, were intended to deter illegal entry and reentry. Instead, they have clogged up the federal courts and wasted precious […]

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Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

As we move through the 2016 presidential election cycle, the issue of immigration will continue to be a central topic of the debate. The United States is at a tipping point after more than two decades without meaningful upgrades to its immigration system. Current U.S. law does not provide sufficient channels for legal immigration and […]

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Diverse Coalitions Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Action

Diverse Coalitions Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Action

Seven groups have filed amicus briefs in support of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, requesting that the Court overturn the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to enjoin, or halt, the President’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The briefs were filed on behalf of a diverse range of […]

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