Archive for April, 2016

Sorry Donald Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

Written by on April 29, 2016 in Elections, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
Sorry Donald Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump opened a political rally in Southern California by sharing the stage with activists who have lost loved ones at the hands of immigrants in the U.S. without legal status. While no one can minimize the pain associated with losing a family member, Trump’s motive behind placing these families at […]

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New U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines on Immigration Are a Mixed Bag

Written by on April 28, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
New U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines on Immigration Are a Mixed Bag

Earlier this month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted to change the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which in some cases will lead to increased sentences for those convicted of “Unlawfully Entering or Remaining in the United States” or “Smuggling, Transporting, or Harboring an Unlawful Alien.” However, the USSC did not adopt all of their initially proposed […]

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Texas’ Distorted View of the Legal Basis for DAPA and Expanded DACA

Written by on April 27, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment
Texas’ Distorted View of the Legal Basis for DAPA and Expanded DACA

On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, a case brought by 26 states to challenge President Obama’s deferred action initiatives, known as expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). While the arguments focused largely […]

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New Data Sheds Light on Sprawling, Often For-Profit, Immigration Detention System

Written by on April 26, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
New Data Sheds Light on Sprawling, Often For-Profit, Immigration Detention System

It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling and labyrinthine the U.S. immigration detention system truly is. But this is an important fact to keep in mind. Due to the sheer size and complexity of the detention system, detainees are easily “lost” to their family members and attorneys. At any time, with no […]

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GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

After each of the last few national elections, Republican strategists prognosticated that despite their low support among Latino voters, the Republican Party could begin to win them over by talking to them about kitchen-table issues like the economy and job creation. However, they also warned that if the party didn’t find new rhetoric and begin […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

The latest figures show that the number of cases pending in immigration court continue to grow. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there were 486,206 cases in the backlog as of the end of March. This is almost 30,000 more pending cases than Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Juan Osuna reported […]

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What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas?

What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas?

The oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas are now complete and dozens of news articles and analyses have attempted to predict what the Court will decide. However, all that truly matters is the final decision rendered by the eight sitting Justices. This begs the questions of when and how do the Justices render a decision […]

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Digesting the Argument in U.S. v. Texas: What Is Lawful Presence and Why Does It Not Mean What It Sounds Like?

Digesting the Argument in U.S. v. Texas: What Is Lawful Presence and Why Does It Not Mean What It Sounds Like?

The oral argument in United States v. Texas shined a light on the confusion between the term “lawful presence” and what it means to have a legal immigration status in the United States. Early in the argument, Chief Justice Roberts noted that in its brief, the United States asserted that individuals covered by DAPA are “lawfully […]

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Supreme Court Considers President’s Executive Actions on Immigration While Thousands Rally Outside

Supreme Court Considers President’s Executive Actions on Immigration While Thousands Rally Outside

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas. While lawyers presented their arguments before the eight Justices inside, on the outside families, advocates, immigrants, faith groups, and a wide range of civil rights and community organizations gathered to demonstrate support for the President’s initiatives. The thousands of supporters in attendance overshadowed the […]

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Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

Written by on April 15, 2016 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

A judge in Pennsylvania this week sentenced Daniel Sharkey, a 41-year-old former counselor at the Berks County Residential Center, to six to twenty three months of jail time. Sharkey previously worked at the county-run detention center for children and their parents. His sentence came down after he pled guilty to three counts of institutional sexual […]

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