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House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Legislation, News Flash with 1 Comment
House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

After the House Rules Committee on Monday night sent a bill that continues funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the year. Five amendments were attached as the House of Representatives began debating the measure on Tuesday. A vote is expected Wednesday. In December, Congress only approved funding for the […]

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What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

Written by on January 8, 2015 in Enforcement, Executive Action with 0 Comments
What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

The U.S. and Mexico share a nearly 2,000 mile border, and most of the immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico. The relationship between the two countries runs deeper than just immigration even though attention in the last year has focused on the record number of children and families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to […]

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States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Written by on January 6, 2015 in State and Local with 3 Comments
States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Many of the positive immigration reforms approved in 2014 happened in the states. Despite federal inaction on federal immigration reform, state and local officials took pragmatic steps to help undocumented immigrants living in their communities better integrate. Connecticut and California were two of 10 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico […]

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

Written by on December 18, 2014 in Detention, Enforcement with 5 Comments
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

Written by on December 15, 2014 in Legislation with 0 Comments
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 Executive Action, Legislation 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 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

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Executive Action with 3 Comments
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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