Archive for March, 2017

Immigrants Could Get a Second Chance in Court If Their Lawyers Give Them Bad Advice

Immigrants Could Get a Second Chance in Court If Their Lawyers Give Them Bad Advice

Immigrants rely heavily on the advice of their lawyers, often times entrusting their entire livelihood on the merits of the counsel. But what happens when a lawyer gives their client bad advice, and that advice becomes the catalyst for their deportation? This is the question the Supreme Court tackled on Tuesday, asking whether an immigrant […]

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It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies. To begin with, immigrants […]

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Hostility Towards Immigrants Has International Students Looking Beyond the U.S. for Their Education

Written by on March 29, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Hostility Towards Immigrants Has International Students Looking Beyond the U.S. for Their Education

Universities hoping to recruit the usual influx of international students are coming up short this year, a signal that the Trump administration’s decidedly anti-immigrant tone and policies are having a global effect on America’s higher education system. According to a report from NBC News, universities across the country are seeing a staggering 40 percent drop […]

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Increased Role of Police in Immigration Enforcement Heightens Need for Suppression of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

Written by on March 28, 2017 in Due Process & the Courts, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Increased Role of Police in Immigration Enforcement Heightens Need for Suppression of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

Under the Trump administration’s recent executive order on interior enforcement, state and local police are being pressured to work closely with immigration officers to carry out sweeping immigration enforcement actions. Advocates fear that this approach will have devastating consequences for immigrant communities and undermine public safety and trust between these communities and police. In addition, […]

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Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

Written by on March 27, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Demographics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

If the Trump administration fulfills its promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, it will be a very costly solution to a problem that no longer exists—and may not exist again for a very long time. A report from the Brookings Institution has concluded that changes in […]

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Fear Is Causing Immigrants to Withdraw From Federal Food Benefit Programs

Written by on March 24, 2017 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
Fear Is Causing Immigrants to Withdraw From Federal Food Benefit Programs

A culture of fear fostered by the Trump administration’s immigration plan has begun to affect whether immigrants utilize their federal food benefits, leaving many families hungry and with limited alternatives for nutrition. Though the Department of Agriculture’s formal guidance on noncitizens and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has not changed, fear and confusion surrounding […]

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Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released

The immigration executive order on interior enforcement signed by the President in January instructed the Department of Homeland Security to release a weekly list of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. On March 20, the Trump administration released the first Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR). This report and the documentation surrounding it raise serious concerns about […]

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Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

As part of the President’s immigration executive order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. With record numbers of ICE officers and Border Patrol agents already in place, it is unclear […]

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America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony today about policies that prevent access to the U.S. asylum process for those fleeing grave danger in their home countries. U.S. law guarantees the right to seek asylum to all who flee persecution and arrive at our border looking for protection. And yet, the testimony heard […]

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Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays

Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays

A young DACA recipient named Daniela Vargas was detained in Mississippi by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after speaking out earlier this month about her fear of being deported under the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. Officials arrested Daniela immediately after she spoke at a press conference organized by the Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance and put […]

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