Archive for August, 2017

As Texans Struggle for Survival, Judge Puts SB4 Largely On Hold

Written by on August 31, 2017 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
As Texans Struggle for Survival, Judge Puts SB4 Largely On Hold

Texas’ Senate Bill 4 (SB4), the state’s punitive, anti-immigrant law slated to go into effect on September 1, was largely blocked by a Texas Judge late Wednesday evening.

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Parents of Children Fleeing Violence Targeted for Enforcement

Parents of Children Fleeing Violence Targeted for Enforcement

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reportedly begun targeting undocumented parents and guardians who allegedly paid human smugglers to bring their children to the United States to escape violence and death in their home countries. A recent two-month sweep conducted by ICE resulted in the arrest of at least 400 individuals. However, despite their stated […]

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USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

The Trump administration continued its attack on legal immigration this month, announcing that it will start requiring additional in-person interviews for tens of thousands of individuals who have already undergone extensive screening and have been successfully living and working in the United States for years. These unnecessary interviews are likely to add to already significant […]

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Court Decision Ensures Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Permanent Residents

Court Decision Ensures Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Permanent Residents

Hundreds, if not thousands, of noncitizens with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence because of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. In Ramirez v. Brown, the Court ruled that a grant of TPS to a noncitizen qualifies as an “inspection and admission.” Under the Immigration and Nationality […]

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Administration Signaling That President Trump Will End DACA: What You Need to Know

Administration Signaling That President Trump Will End DACA: What You Need to Know

There is strong speculation that in the coming days President Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. If the administration chooses to do so, there are different ways the program could be terminated. One option would be to allow DACA to sunset, allowing those who presently have DACA and a work […]

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More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the Government Wants More Facilities

Written by on August 24, 2017 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the Government Wants More Facilities

The Administration’s efforts to massively expand immigration detention in the United States are already evident in Texas, where a for-profit prison company is building the largest complex in the country to detain immigrants—and taxpayers are footing the bill. The Geo Group, a for-profit, private prison corporation, has begun constructing a $110 million, 1,100-bed facility in […]

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Where Do You Find the Most Resistance to Immigration?

Where Do You Find the Most Resistance to Immigration?

Conventional thinking may lead some to believe that those communities that fight the hardest against immigration are the ones receiving the greatest influx of foreign newcomers. If people are wary of the changes immigrants are bringing to their communities, they would naturally seem to be the most vocal in their opposition. Yet new data from […]

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Civil Rights Concerns Continue Over 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program

Civil Rights Concerns Continue Over 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program

Racial profiling often runs rampant in communities that have mobilized their law enforcement officers to act as immigration officials, with the Hispanic community frequently faring the worst. A new report from the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) confirms this dynamic. Their analysis of the impact of immigration enforcement on the Hispanic population of Fredrick County, […]

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Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

Written by on August 21, 2017 in Asylum, Detention, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

Nothing is a better predictor of an immigrant’s success in their immigration case, than whether or not they have access to competent legal assistance. However, the U.S. Government has at times made the hurdles to enlisting legal help insurmountable. One such example came in March 2017, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) banned a legal […]

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Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel

Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report calling into question the need for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents as outlined in President Trump’s January executive orders. The report noted that ICE and CBP had no operational plans to justify […]

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