Archive for May, 2016

Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Media outlets are reporting on the uptick in the number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. This trend is not surprising given the ongoing violence in Central America. The conditions in the region are not significantly improving by any measure, and as a result people continue to flee while the Administration’s refugee […]

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What the Senate Proposed on Immigration in the Department of Homeland Security Budget

Written by on May 27, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
What the Senate Proposed on Immigration in the Department of Homeland Security Budget

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled and unanimously passed out of Committee their budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which begins on October 1, 2016. The House of Representatives is yet to introduce their version of the appropriations bill. While the Senate has proposed to fund some […]

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House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act

Written by on May 26, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act

This week, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed bill H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act). The stated goal of the legislation introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) is to enhance the security procedures for the processing of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Some of the new security measures […]

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How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

The current backlogs in the immigration court and asylum systems have long been a problem and the government offices tasked with bringing the backlog down still have much to do. As detailed in the Human Rights First report In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems, there are four […]

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Judge Hanen’s Recent Unwarranted Order in United States v. Texas

Judge Hanen’s Recent Unwarranted Order in United States v. Texas

Last week, District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued a highly extraordinary order telling the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over personal information of about 108,000 or so individuals who have received three-year reprieves from deportation and three-year work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. This court order serves as yet […]

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Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Written by on May 23, 2016 in Due Process & the Courts, High Skilled with 1 Comment
Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Each year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled foreign professional workers submit petitions on the first business day of April to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the limited pool of H-1B nonimmigrant visa numbers available for the coming fiscal year, which are capped at 65,000 for new hires and 20,000 for those who graduate […]

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Latest Flores Filing Highlights Stories of Children and Mothers Unlawfully Detained by Obama Administration

Written by on May 20, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Latest Flores Filing Highlights Stories of Children and Mothers Unlawfully Detained by Obama Administration

This week, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) asked a federal judge to order the government to comply with the Flores settlement and appoint an independent monitor to oversee the Obama Administration’s ongoing family detention policy.

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CBP Officers Accused of Abusive Behavior at Ports Of Entry

Written by on May 19, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement with 0 Comments
CBP Officers Accused of Abusive Behavior at Ports Of Entry

Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border in Western Texas and New Mexico face repeated abuse from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at ports of entry, including excessive use of force, verbal abuse, unwarranted searches and intimidation. These allegations of misconduct are all according to a complaint filed by the […]

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Deterrence Strategy Targeting Central American Asylum Seekers Comes at a High Human Cost

Deterrence Strategy Targeting Central American Asylum Seekers Comes at a High Human Cost

The Obama Administration has recently announced plans to double down on its strategy of rounding up and deporting Central American asylum seekers to some of the most dangerous countries in the world. This is part of the Administration’s deterrence strategy, which is specifically designed to curtail the flow of asylum-seeking women and children migrating from […]

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Despite Obstacles, A Majority of Child Migrants Appear in Immigration Court

Written by on May 17, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Despite Obstacles, A Majority of Child Migrants Appear in Immigration Court

Reuters reported last week that the Obama Administration would begin to round up Central American women and children, including “minors who have entered the country without a guardian and since turned 18 years of age” and begin deporting them. The news report goes on to say that “many of those apprehended for unlawful entry are […]

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