Archive for January, 2018

State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address to Congress this week, during which he shared his vision for America’s future immigration policy—and it’s bleak. The address echoed much of the White House’s restrictive immigration framework released last week, which envisions a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the […]

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In a Decision Strongly Rebuking ICE, Court Orders the Release of Ravi Ragbir

In a Decision Strongly Rebuking ICE, Court Orders the Release of Ravi Ragbir

  Following the contentious arrest of immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir, a federal district court ordered his immediate release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention on Monday. The executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City was unexpectedly detained at an ICE check-in on January 11, sparking street protests which led to the […]

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Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

The United States has always been a prime location for foreign tourists, historically maintaining its ranking as the world’s most visited country. But with more and more tourists opting to travel elsewhere within the last year, the United States’ tourism appeal is shrinking. This decline in tourism is largely thought to be the byproduct of […]

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Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

After President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, he instructed Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. However, Congress had to wait for direction from the White House on what type of legislation the president would sign into law. Finally, on Thursday, his administration released their framework on immigration reform and […]

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White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

Days earlier than anticipated, the Trump administration released the “White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security.” It was discussed by Senior Advisor to the President, Stephen Miller, on a call this afternoon with Republican congressional staffers. It outlines the administration’s legislative wish list around border security, a 10 to 12 year-path to citizenship […]

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The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

Written by on January 24, 2018 in Economics, Legislation, State and Local, State by State with 0 Comments
The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

In the course of the first year under the Trump administration, states and localities have increasingly pursued immigration policies that serve the best interests of their own communities. While there were extreme differences in these state-level approaches to immigration, overall more states enacted policies designed to protect, support, and welcome their residents, immigrants and nonimmigrants […]

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U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

Written by on January 23, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report which comes to a rather predictable conclusion: most of the “international terrorists” in the United States—as opposed to the domestic ones—were born in another country. At one level, this comparison is about as obvious and useful as pointing out that […]

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What the Government Reopening Means for Dream Act Legislation

Written by on January 22, 2018 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
What the Government Reopening Means for Dream Act Legislation

The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to reopen the federal government after assurances by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that there will be an open debate and vote in the Senate on a legislative solution for Dreamers by February 8, when this most recent continuing resolution runs out. Unfortunately, this inaction is more of the same […]

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Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on Dream Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue

Written by on January 20, 2018 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation with 0 Comments
Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on Dream Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue

With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government. Congressional leadership decided not to bring a vote on bipartisan Dream Act legislation. Instead, this was the fourth time in as many months that Congress looked to fund the […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, where she was grilled by Senators on negotiations around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rumored upcoming DHS policies, agency enforcement actions, and much more. While much of the media attention around this hearing focused on whether Secretary Nielsen […]

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