Archive for October, 2016

Contemplating Our Immigrant Future

Written by on October 31, 2016 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
Contemplating Our Immigrant Future

One of the many lessons to be learned from this year’s presidential campaign is that immigration is far too complex to be captured by political slogans and soundbites. Whether a candidate is trying to “build walls” or “build bridges,” the reality of immigration is finely nuanced. The United States neither welcomes all immigrants nor does […]

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Government Detains LGBT Immigrants at Higher Rates

Written by on October 28, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
Government Detains LGBT Immigrants at Higher Rates

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are more likely to be held in detention by ICE even when their detention is not required. These were the findings released earlier this week from the Center for American Progress (CAP) after analysis of self-identified LGBT individuals […]

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Immigration Groups File Briefs Calling For End to Detention Without Bond

Immigration Groups File Briefs Calling For End to Detention Without Bond

Although the U.S. Constitution provides citizens and noncitizens the right to seek bail after an arrest, immigration detention is different. Certain noncitizens who are arrested by immigration authorities may be detained for months on end, while awaiting hearings that will determine whether they can remain in the United States. Many of these noncitizens are legal […]

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USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Fees for immigration transactions will increase by an average of 21 percent beginning on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. While the fees for some petitions will remain the same, others will see significant increases. According to USCIS, the […]

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Board of Immigration Appeals Seeks Clarity on Deportation Relief for Immigrants Waved Through Border Crossings

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 1 Comment
Board of Immigration Appeals Seeks Clarity on Deportation Relief for Immigrants Waved Through Border Crossings

Recently the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the agency that hears appeals of decisions of immigration judges nationwide, issued a call for amicus briefs on a deceptively simple question; when a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer waves a person through a border crossing point without checking whether the person has permission to enter the […]

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USCIS Clarifies Guidance on “Extreme Hardship”

Written by on October 24, 2016 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
USCIS Clarifies Guidance on “Extreme Hardship”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new policy guidance clarifying how it determines whether an individual’s family will experience “extreme hardship” if the individual is denied admission to the United States. This guidance is effective December 5, 2016 and provides welcome clarity to a complicated issue. Certain non-citizens are considered inadmissible meaning they would […]

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El Salvador’s Gang Violence is Forcing Thousands to Flee

Written by on October 21, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
El Salvador’s Gang Violence is Forcing Thousands to Flee

In the event that there was any doubt, women and children from Central America’s Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—are fleeing the same horrific conditions that were driving them out of their countries in large numbers two years ago. That is why apprehensions of Northern Triangle refugees have gone up this year, once again drawing […]

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What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

Written by on October 20, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

The 2016 presidential debate cycle is now complete and little was said on the topic of immigration until the final one. Not surprisingly, no new information came to light.  In fact, each of the candidates basically assumed their fallback positions on immigration: Donald Trump believes in enforcement-first, focusing on building a wall on the southern […]

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The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the total number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol of individuals trying to enter the country without authorization for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The overall number of apprehensions is up from last year, but down when compared to FY 2013 and 2014 and remain at historically […]

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History Shows That Border Walls Don’t Work

Written by on October 18, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 2 Comments
History Shows That Border Walls Don’t Work

A border wall is a powerful symbol of exclusion: “We” are going to keep “them” out. And, by doing so, “we” are going to protect our people, our way of life, our society and economy from the threat that “they” represent. It’s a concept that is elegant in its simplicity. It’s the concept that launched […]

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