The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

Written by on October 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

By Dree Collopy, partner at Benach Ragland LLP. The inhumanity of family detention and the danger of short-changing basic due process protections are on full display in the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, where hundreds of women and children are being held by the U.S. government. The Washington Post reports this week on a tour […]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

By Megan Jordi, legal director at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from […]

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Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

Written by on May 19, 2014 in Administration, Family, Health Care, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

By Jenny Rejeske, Health Policy Analyst at the National Immigration Law Center In the fall, Jirayut Latthivongskorn—known as “New” to friends and family—will make history. He’ll get one step closer to achieving his educational dreams by becoming the first DACAmented student at the renowned University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. Even as New learns […]

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How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

By Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration and Labor Rights of Farmworker Justice Like many Americans and aspiring Americans, Juan (a pseudonym to protect his identity) has high hopes for immigration reform. Juan came to the United States from Mexico in 1995. Over the past 18 years, he has migrated throughout the country, cultivating and harvesting many […]

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How the 2014 Midterm Elections Could be Impacted by Immigration

How the 2014 Midterm Elections Could be Impacted by Immigration

By Tom K. Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego Despite hopes that 2013 would be the year of comprehensive immigration reform, legislation stalled in the House and the year ended without a bill. Since the House reconvened Tuesday, 427 days have passed since the November 2012 elections […]

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Three Ways Immigration Reform Would Make the Economy More Productive

Three Ways Immigration Reform Would Make the Economy More Productive

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative A report just released by the Fiscal Policy Institute, Three Ways Immigration Reform Would Make the Economy More Productive shows that legalization of undocumented immigrants, done right, would do three things to increase economic productivity in the United States.

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Can We Afford Not to Include 11 Million People in Health Care Reform?

Can We Afford Not to Include 11 Million People in Health Care Reform?

By Sonal Ambegaokar, Health Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center To date, policy discussions regarding immigrants and health care and other benefits primarily focus on negative stereotypes and myths. As a result, the default policy solution to any issue involving immigrants and benefits is to simply deny the benefits, even when the immigrants […]

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Despite Governor’s Best Efforts, New Mexico Keeps Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented

Despite Governor’s Best Efforts, New Mexico Keeps Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented

By Joan Friedland, Senior Advisor to the National Immigration Law Center New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has failed in her fourth attempt to persuade the New Mexico legislature to repeal the state’s driver’s license law.  The law, in effect since 2003, provides access to driver’s licenses for eligible applicants, regardless of their immigration status.  This […]

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Immigration Reform is an LGBT Issue

Written by on March 26, 2013 in Constitution, Courts, DOMA, Immigration Law, Reform, Supreme Court with 0 Comments
Immigration Reform is an LGBT Issue

By Victoria Neilson, Legal Director, Immigration Equality This week the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, that will forever change the course of the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.  While we are hopeful that the Court will strike down […]

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Border Patrol Tightens Up Its Policy on Providing Interpretation Services

Border Patrol Tightens Up Its Policy on Providing Interpretation Services

By Lisa Graybill, Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In a welcome if overdue move last Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new guidance to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) personnel, directing them not to respond to requests for translation assistance from other law enforcement organizations. The […]

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