Beth Werlin – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:57:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 “Listening” Over Turkey 2017 http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/21/listening-turkey-2017/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/21/listening-turkey-2017/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:24:54 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21568

Each year at Thanksgiving, Immigration Impact publishes a post about how to “talk turkey” on immigration. We’ve done it for several years to provide our readers with tips on how to talk about immigration at the dinner table without inflaming friends and family, and otherwise turning a warm family gathering into a political food fight. […]

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Memos Reveal Harsh and Unforgiving Immigration Enforcement Road Map http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/21/immigration-memos-donald-trump/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/21/immigration-memos-donald-trump/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:43:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20349

The White House released the implementation memos and other information on Monday about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing President Trump’s immigration Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement. The memos reveal that DHS intends to take our nation backwards in terms of guaranteeing due process, providing a safe haven […]

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Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/10/five-important-points-made-court-rejected-muslim-ban/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/10/five-important-points-made-court-rejected-muslim-ban/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:20:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20316

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent some strong messages to the President: he cannot shield himself from court review by claiming “national security;” he may only set policies that are consistent with our Constitution; and key parts of the Executive Order banning refugees and noncitizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are likely unconstitutional. In its […]

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Court Rules that Individuals Seeking Protection Must Have Bond Hearing http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/08/08/immigrants-bond-hearing/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/08/08/immigrants-bond-hearing/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:55:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=19480

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued an important decision in July recognizing certain noncitizens’ right to a bond hearing before an immigration judge. It was a victory not only for the petitioner, a Guatemalan man seeking protection in the United States, but also will likely have a far-reaching impact on thousands […]

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Department of Justice Seeks Rehearing in United States v. Texas http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/07/18/united-states-v-texas-rehearing/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/07/18/united-states-v-texas-rehearing/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:25:09 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=19379

Today, the Department of Justice filed a petition for rehearing with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas.  In June, the Court issued a 4-4 one sentence nondecision affirming the Fifth Circuit’s preliminary injunction of DAPA and expanded DACA. In this new petition, the federal government specifically asked that a full nine-Member Court hear […]

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Digesting the Argument in U.S. v. Texas: What Is Lawful Presence and Why Does It Not Mean What It Sounds Like? http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/04/19/united-states-v-texas-lawful-presence/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/04/19/united-states-v-texas-lawful-presence/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:48:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18975

The oral argument in United States v. Texas shined a light on the confusion between the term “lawful presence” and what it means to have a legal immigration status in the United States. Early in the argument, Chief Justice Roberts noted that in its brief, the United States asserted that individuals covered by DAPA are “lawfully […]

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What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for United States v. Texas, the DAPA/DACA Case? http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/02/19/what-does-justice-scalias-death-mean-for-united-states-v-texas-the-dapadaca-case/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/02/19/what-does-justice-scalias-death-mean-for-united-states-v-texas-the-dapadaca-case/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:33:13 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18539

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79. The unexpected death of the then longest serving member on the Court means there is a vacancy on the nine-member bench. But, it is unlikely that the Senate will confirm another Supreme Court Justice quickly, even if the President promptly […]

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Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/02/01/family-detention-pennsylvania-license/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/02/01/family-detention-pennsylvania-license/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:30:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18454

On January 27, 2016, Pennsylvania state officials informed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would not renew and would revoke the operating license for the Berks County Residential Facility, the immigration detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which jails mothers and children, often for extended periods of time. The current license will expire on […]

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Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/21/unaccompanied-children-2015/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/21/unaccompanied-children-2015/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:34:44 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18329

Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection released statistics showing an increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southwest border in October and November 2015. In those two months alone, over 10,000 unaccompanied children arrived, a 106 percent increase from the same time the prior year. Similarly, there was an increase in […]

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Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/07/anti-refugee-legislation/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/07/anti-refugee-legislation/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:19:20 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18277

In the days after the Paris attacks, fear took hold of many across the United States, and some politicians proposed shutting our doors to refugees, particularly those from Syria and Iraq. This knee jerk reaction resulted in the House of Representatives hastily passing a misguided bill, which, if signed into law, would effectively halt the […]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015 http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/25/talking-turkey-on-immigration-2015/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/25/talking-turkey-on-immigration-2015/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:47:25 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18240

Today, I have the pleasure of following in the footsteps of Mary Giovagnoli, who, during her five years at the American Immigration Council, entertained and enlightened us with her annual blog about how to survive and thrive when the topic turns to immigration at the Thanksgiving Day table. With good humor, she reminded us that […]

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Understanding Where We’re at and What Comes Next in DACA/DAPA Case http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/10/fifth-circuit-immigration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/10/fifth-circuit-immigration/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:11:23 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18174

Last night, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s appeal of the preliminary injunction that has halted implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. These initiatives—namely, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/05/leaked-dhs-memo-on-work-authorization/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/05/leaked-dhs-memo-on-work-authorization/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 23:12:24 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18154

Recently, a leaked memo related to the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing deliberations about reforming the employment-based immigrant visa system was published online. An “investigative associate” with the restrictionist organization Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) wrote an op-ed in The Hill making grossly inaccurate statements about the contents of the leaked memo—indicating that it applied […]

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Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents? http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/10/08/guidance-on-extreme-hardship-waivers-allow-more-individuals-to-become-permanent-residents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/10/08/guidance-on-extreme-hardship-waivers-allow-more-individuals-to-become-permanent-residents/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:58:37 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18038

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance on what constitutes “extreme hardship” for purposes of an immigration waiver. The much anticipated guidance is a component of the Administration’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014. Many had hoped that the guidance, and its potential to make waivers available to more […]

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Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/10/02/syrian-refugees-national-security/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/10/02/syrian-refugees-national-security/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:52:42 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18019

The United States plays an important role in protecting thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people fleeing persecution in their home countries. At no point in U.S. history has this role been more crucial—the violence and devastation in Syria has led to the largest number of refugees since World War II. But at a hearing […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/09/21/eb-5-program-benefits/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/09/21/eb-5-program-benefits/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:08:05 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17975

Related Content: New American Investors Making a Difference in the Economy In a new report, the Bipartisan Policy Center weighed in on the current discussion surrounding the immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, making a case for why the program has provided positive benefits and could continue to do so in the future. The report, EB-5 […]

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What Will Congress Do on Immigration in September? http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/09/08/what-will-congress-do-on-immigration-in-september/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/09/08/what-will-congress-do-on-immigration-in-september/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:19:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17923

Today, Congress returned to work after its annual August recess. While September promises to be a busy month for the lawmakers, especially given that the Senate is in session for only twelve days and the House for ten, it is unlikely that immigration will be high on their “to do” list. Nonetheless, immigration will be […]

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ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/28/ices-transfer-of-transgender-women-to-remote-detention-facility-raises-grave-concerns/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/28/ices-transfer-of-transgender-women-to-remote-detention-facility-raises-grave-concerns/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:49:45 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17882

Earlier this summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced new policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody—policies that were intended to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees.” While some of the announced policies were well-received, many advocates identified serious shortcomings, including the continued allowance of solitary confinement and insufficient details […]

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Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/26/appeals-court-denies-emergency-stay-in-legal-challenge-to-deferred-action/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/26/appeals-court-denies-emergency-stay-in-legal-challenge-to-deferred-action/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:05:48 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17195

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction, which has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred action initiatives from being implemented. These initiatives, announced last November, could shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. As a result of today’s order, the preliminary […]

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Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/04/27/mothers-and-children-suffer-in-immigration-detention-while-administration-makes-its-point/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/04/27/mothers-and-children-suffer-in-immigration-detention-while-administration-makes-its-point/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:16:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17069

Estrella is a four-year-old girl who has been locked-up in U.S. detention centers for over eight months or one fifth of her life. She is chronically ill and has been hospitalized for acute bronchitis. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and major depressive episode. Her mother, Melida, watches her […]

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