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Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Across the United States, county after county continues to alter policies to limit compliance with immigration detainers because of constitutional concerns. A spate of federal rulings found that detainers were not mandatory, so local officials increasingly seem to be coming to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which ask officers [...]

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House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Border, Congress with 0 Comments
House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Members in the House and Senate are offering competing proposals to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone, but it could be difficult to reconcile the two plans before the August recess. The Obama administration requested $3.7 billion in additional funding earlier this month. If Congress fails to pass the additional [...]

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Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

Written by on July 21, 2014 in Border, Children with 4 Comments
Texas Group Finds Most Unaccompanied Children Could Qualify for Relief

More than half of the unaccompanied Central American children who are in U.S. custody after crossing the U.S. border could be found eligible for relief by a U.S. immigration judge, according to an assessment by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).  This assessment is particularly timely, as several members of Congress [...]

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HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Border, Children, Congress with 1 Comment
HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Texans Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) and Sen. John Cornyn (R) will soon introduce a bill that expedites the removal of unaccompanied children from Central America. Their measure, the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, is a legislative attempt to change U.S. policies so that children from countries like Honduras and Guatemala who [...]

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How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

The Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Congress must approve the funding that, according to news reports, would speed up removal proceedings to decide if the children can stay in the U.S. or if they will be sent back to Central [...]

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Remembering the Promise and Power of the American Dream on Independence Day

Written by on July 3, 2014 in Integration with 1 Comment
Remembering the Promise and Power of the American Dream on Independence Day

More than 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers declared our nation’s independence from England, and ever since, men and women from around the world have sworn to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America” as they become U.S. citizens. The Fourth of July is our annual opportunity to not [...]

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Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Written by on June 30, 2014 in President Obama, Reform with 7 Comments
Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources [...]

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Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Doña Ana County in New Mexico announced this week it will stop honoring detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at the county jail, becoming the most recent in a string of local jurisdictions across the country to limit their compliance with detainers. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, county commissioners approved [...]

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Over 100 Cities and Counties Now Riding the Anti-Detainer Wave

Over 100 Cities and Counties Now Riding the Anti-Detainer Wave

There have been four recent federal court decisions ruling that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents cannot require local jurisdictions to detain someone and that local law enforcement can be held liable for holding someone for no reason other than an ICE detainer. ICE detainers are written requests for local jails or other law enforcement [...]

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Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself

Written by on May 30, 2014 in Courts, Deportation, Due Process with 0 Comments
Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself

U.S. immigration laws provide only minimal due process protections for even the most vulnerable immigrants facing deportation, and in 59 percent of cases, immigrants are forced to navigate the byzantine immigration court system without representation, including many unaccompanied children. Many do not speak English, nor do they understand the laws that the courts use to [...]

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