Archive for February, 2016

How States Are Shaping the Opportunities for Those Who Are DACAmented

Written by on February 29, 2016 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA with 0 Comments
How States Are Shaping the Opportunities for Those Who Are DACAmented

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first implemented back in August 2012, it has positively changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals in the United States. According to the most recent official statistics, as of September 2015, almost 700,000 individuals received DACA. Today, the American Immigration Council released […]

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Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Although the longstanding Flores settlement guarantees minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children in immigration detention, the Government’s family detention practices have failed to comply with the settlement. Plaintiffs brought suit to enforce […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions in State and Local Taxes

Written by on February 25, 2016 in Economics, Tax Contributions with 2 Comments
Undocumented Immigrants Pay Billions in State and Local Taxes

Undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. They fill essential jobs, they sustain U.S. businesses through their purchase of goods and services, and—contrary to popular misconceptions—they pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments. Their contributions would be even greater if they had a chance to earn legal status and didn’t have […]

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Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continue to believe that deporting families and children quickly deters others who are considering coming to the United States. This view was reiterated during a Senate Judiciary hearing about unaccompanied children this week, in statements made by DHS officials Ronald Vitiello, Deputy Chief of the Border […]

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D.C. Circuit Hears Case Seeking Records Regarding Immigration Judge Misconduct

Written by on February 23, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
D.C. Circuit Hears Case Seeking Records Regarding Immigration Judge Misconduct

Last Tuesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which seeks the disclosure of unredacted versions of complaints filed against immigration judges and related documents. To date, the government has refused to turn over the names, locations and genders of […]

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A Visit to Berks Family Detention Center Makes Clear Why They Lost their License

Written by on February 22, 2016 in Detention with 3 Comments
A Visit to Berks Family Detention Center Makes Clear Why They Lost their License

Advocates, community members, and attorneys gathered outside the Berks County Family Residential Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania on Monday to protest the continued operation of the center. The center was open for business as usual, with approximately 81 parents and children currently detained, despite the fact that the center’s license to operate as a childcare facility […]

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What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for United States v. Texas, the DAPA/DACA Case?

Written by on February 19, 2016 in Executive Action, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment
What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for United States v. Texas, the DAPA/DACA Case?

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79. The unexpected death of the then longest serving member on the Court means there is a vacancy on the nine-member bench. But, it is unlikely that the Senate will confirm another Supreme Court Justice quickly, even if the President promptly […]

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Breaking Down the Central American Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Response

Written by on February 18, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 2 Comments
Breaking Down the Central American Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Response

When tens of thousands of women and unaccompanied children from Central America journeyed to the United States seeking asylum in 2014, President Obama’s administration concentrated its efforts and poured resources into an aggressive strategy of deterrence that is still in place today. The multi-prong approach, including a media campaign launched in Central America highlighting the […]

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Texas Child Protection Agency Moves Forward in Licensing Family Detention Centers

Written by on February 17, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
Texas Child Protection Agency Moves Forward in Licensing Family Detention Centers

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has issued a rule allowing for the two family detention facilities in Texas to apply for licenses to detain immigrant children and their mothers. This move may have the effect of further entrenching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s seemingly dogged commitment to continue detaining […]

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Women Begin Pilgrimage Ahead of Pope Francis’ Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border

Written by on February 16, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Women Begin Pilgrimage Ahead of Pope Francis’ Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border

In anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, a band of women will begin a day-long pilgrimage from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to El Paso, Texas. They hope to bring attention to the inhumane and unjust immigration enforcement practices taking place every day in the United States. The women represent We Belong Together, […]

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