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New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas this week. The privately owned facility is designed to house 2,400 people—mostly women and children—who are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The opening of this detention center reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to its flawed deterrence policy, which it began […]

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Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Following the close vote in the House last week, the Senate passed a spending bill 56-40 on Saturday to fund most of the government for the next year and avoid a government shutdown. Excluded from that full-year deal is the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded until February 27 under the so-called “cromnibus” […]

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Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Children, Congress, Executive Action, Hearings with 1 Comment
Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

When the 113th Congress kicked off nearly two years ago, hopes were high that this would be the Congress to pass lasting immigration reform. “I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” […]

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States Sue Over President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
States Sue Over President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

Seventeen states filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging President Obama’s decision to temporarily defer deportation for millions of immigrants who qualify for DACA of the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. The lawsuit argues that the president’s executive actions “violated his constitutional duty to enforce the laws and illegally placed new burdens on state […]

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House Passes Bill to Block Immigration Executive Action

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash with 8 Comments
House Passes Bill to Block Immigration Executive Action

The House of Representatives voted 219 to 197 on largely party lines to approve a bill from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) that blocks President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Three Democrats voted in favor of the measure while seven Republicans voted against it; three members voted present. Yoho’s bill effectively states that no president has […]

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President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash, President Obama with 1 Comment
President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Following his address Thursday night explaining his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, President Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas further detailing why his immigration executive action is just the next step. “Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time, and everybody knows it,” […]

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President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

President Obama laid out his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for roughly 5 million people. The president said in his speech that he knows the politics around immigration are difficult, but he said he’s seen the families who came to the […]

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DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that he has designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This 18-month protected status means that eligible citizens from these three countries will not be deported from the U.S. while […]

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DHS Announces the Transfer of Immigrant Families from Artesia to New Facility

DHS Announces the Transfer of Immigrant Families from Artesia to New Facility

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it plans to close the detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where immigrant mothers and children currently are jailed. The closure of Artesia comes with the opening of a permanent, drastically larger family detention center in Dilley, Texas. Rather than be released, the immigrants—most of whom fled […]

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Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Although Congressional Republicans will not take control of both chambers of Congress until next year, the new power structure is leading to more aggressive attacks against President Obama’s plan for executive action.  President Obama has said he will offer a temporary fix to help some undocumented immigrants remain in the U.S. while they wait for […]

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