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11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

One of the hundreds of children being held at an immigration detention facility in, New Mexico, was released last week when officials realized the 11-year-old boy was a U.S. citizen. According to the boy’s attorney, he spent more than a month there before an immigration attorney visiting the facility found out about his status. “I [...]

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House Fails to Address Problems While Stripping Deportation Relief for Immigrants

Written by on August 1, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action with 1 Comment
House Fails to Address Problems While Stripping Deportation Relief for Immigrants

The House of Representatives approved two bills Friday night, one that allocated only a fraction of the funds needed to address the humanitarian situation surrounding unaccompanied children and another that strips deportation relief for more than half a million young immigrants. Both passed on largely partisan lines. The funding bill only provides $694 million out [...]

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House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

Written by on July 29, 2014 in Children, Hearings with 1 Comment
House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

In the last week before the August recess, House and Senate members are trying to finalize vastly different bills that would provide additional funding to address the government agency needs associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The House’s $659 million bill falls short of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion [...]

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White House Considering Plans to Expand Temporary Legal Status for More Immigrants

White House Considering Plans to Expand Temporary Legal Status for More Immigrants

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the White House is moving forward on plans to expand deportation relief through executive action to roughly 5 million immigrants of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The plans could offer immigrants temporary legal status, similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Officials [...]

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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 5 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 3 Comments
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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