Joshua Breisblatt – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:39:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Congress Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017 http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/21/dream-act-2017/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/21/dream-act-2017/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:16:46 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21696

Today, Congress agreed to continue funding the federal government at current levels through January 19, 2018, but it will not address a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers this year. Despite strong bipartisan support for including a legislative fix for Dreamers in the spending bill, Congress punted the issue to next year. Some in Congress argue that they have until March to pass […]

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Homeland Security Watchdog Conducts Surprise Inspections of Immigrant Detention Centers http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/15/watchdog-inspections-immigrant-detention-centers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/15/watchdog-inspections-immigrant-detention-centers/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:53:12 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21666

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) released a report which found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention facilities are violating their own detention standards when it comes to housing immigrants. The OIG, which serves as a watchdog division for DHS at large, found that ICE was providing insufficient protection […]

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DHS: Immigration Arrests Inside the U.S. Spiked While Border Crossings Dropped to Record Lows http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/06/immigration-enforcement-border-crossing-low/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/06/immigration-enforcement-border-crossing-low/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:40:48 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21620

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has publicly released immigration enforcement data for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which shows that apprehensions at the border are at their lowest levels in over 45 years, while arrests in the interior of the country have increased. The data for FY 2017 covers the final four months of the […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/05/senate-confirmed-kirstjen-nielsen-secretary-homeland-security/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/05/senate-confirmed-kirstjen-nielsen-secretary-homeland-security/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:43:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21613

This afternoon, the United States Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Secretary, she will oversee an ever-growing agency which includes the enforcement and services functions of immigration, airport security, disaster relief, the Secret Service, and more. During her confirmation hearing, Nielsen largely committed to carrying […]

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Senate Releases Homeland Security Funding Bill as Battle Over the Dream Act Looms http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/27/homeland-security-funding-bill-dream-act/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/27/homeland-security-funding-bill-dream-act/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:44:39 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21573

With the deadline for government funding fast approaching, the Senate Appropriations Committee finally released its draft version of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) funding bill—and Congress is feeling the pressure. Not only does Congress need to pass a bill by December 8 to keep the government open, but some Democrats are willing to withhold […]

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Deputizing More Local Cops to Target Immigrants Will Erode Public Safety http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/16/deputizing-local-cops-target-immigrants/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/16/deputizing-local-cops-target-immigrants/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:29:38 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21559

In a sweeping effort to increase local law enforcement’s role in immigration enforcement, the Trump administration is preparing to increase the number of officers who are authorized to act as federal immigration enforcers through additional 287(g) agreements. These agreements are named for the provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that authorizes the agency to […]

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Trump’s Nominee for DHS Secretary Commits to Continuing Kelly’s Legacy on Immigration Enforcement http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/08/trump-nominee-dhs-secretary-immigration-enforcement/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/08/trump-nominee-dhs-secretary-immigration-enforcement/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:00:24 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21534

The nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, had her confirmation hearing before senators on Wednesday, during which she promised to largely carry on the legacy of her predecessor, General John Kelly. This included limiting President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Echoing […]

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Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/02/border-wall-prototypes-complete-next-steps-unclear/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/02/border-wall-prototypes-complete-next-steps-unclear/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:00:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21507

Border apprehensions, which is the main indicator used to examine how many people are attempting to enter the United States are at record lows not seen since the 1970s. A September report released by the Department of Homeland Security also indicates the U.S.-Mexico border is now more secure than ever before. Yet despite these trends, […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/24/senate-hearing-border-enforcement-agency/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/24/senate-hearing-border-enforcement-agency/#respond Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:47:49 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21462 The Trump administration’s pick for the next Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for a confirmation hearing. Senators peppered the nominee with questions about how he would lead the largest law enforcement agency in the United States and his work in […]

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Attorney General Sessions Attacks Asylum Seekers and Calls for More Fast-Track Deportations http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/12/attorney-general-sessions-attacks-asylum-deportations/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/12/attorney-general-sessions-attacks-asylum-deportations/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:34:10 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21410

During a public appearance at the Department of Justice on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on Congress to curb due process for immigrants by making it more difficult for an individual to seek asylum and to increase fast-track deportations. In his speech, Sessions focused heavily on America’s long-standing system that provides asylum to those […]

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The House Approves $10 Billion for Trump’s Border Wall http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/05/house-billion-approves-border-wall/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/05/house-billion-approves-border-wall/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:09:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21387

In an effort to fulfill the harsh requirements of the immigration executive order released during the Trump administration’s first week in office, the House Homeland Security Committee passed the Border Security for America Act, H.R. 3548, out of committee on a party line vote on Wednesday. The timing of the Committee’s vote is significant—it likely […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Lee Francis Cissna as Director of USCIS http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/05/senate-confirmed-cissna-uscis/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/05/senate-confirmed-cissna-uscis/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:54:10 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21383

The United States Senate confirmed Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Cissna will oversee the agency in charge of adjudicating and issuing most immigration-related requests into the United States including the Trump administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In his confirmation hearing, Cissna pledged his commitment […]

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A Variety of Legislation Has Been Introduced in Congress to Protect Dreamers http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/27/legislation-introduced-congress-to-protect-dreamers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/27/legislation-introduced-congress-to-protect-dreamers/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:30:40 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21353

The announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has hit home for many. The public has demonstrated a strong distaste for taking away young, undocumented immigrants’ work permits and targeting them for deportation. Thus the clock is now ticking and pressure is on Congress to pass a permanent solution […]

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Government Says Border Security Is Tougher Than Ever http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/18/government-says-border-security-tougher/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/18/government-says-border-security-tougher/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:37:57 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21317

The Trump administration has repeatedly called for increased security along the United States southern border with Mexico, but a new report released earlier this month from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disputes the need for such measures. The agency’s report details how the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than ever before, contradicting the claim […]

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New Anti-Immigrant Bill Creates Over-Broad ‘Gang’ Penalties, Putting Even Churches at Risk http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/13/bill-gang-penalties-risk/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/13/bill-gang-penalties-risk/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:38:13 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21305

This week House Republicans are set to vote on yet another anti-immigrant bill that attempts to scapegoat immigrants and grant far reaching enforcement powers to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), instead of working to find a permanent solution for Dreamers at risk of deportation since DACA has been rescinded. The bill, H.R. 3697, the […]

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States and NGOs Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Termination http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/07/states-sue-trump-administration-daca/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/07/states-sue-trump-administration-daca/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:24:54 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21279

With the Trump administration announcing it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on Tuesday, a number of states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and DACA recipients immediately went to federal court in attempt to stop its termination. In the two days since the administration called an end to DACA, three lawsuits have been […]

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Illinois Takes Steps to Protect Local Law Enforcement from Federal Government Infringement http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/01/illinois-takes-steps-protect-local-law-enforcement-federal-government-infringement/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/09/01/illinois-takes-steps-protect-local-law-enforcement-federal-government-infringement/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:42:38 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21255

The State of Illinois has taken steps to push back on the Trump Administration’s efforts to force local law enforcement into doing the job of federal immigration enforcement officers. Governor Rauner signed legislation in August that would limit local and state police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while the City of Chicago filed […]

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USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/29/uscis-hurdles-legally-residing/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/29/uscis-hurdles-legally-residing/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:41:01 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21237

The Trump administration continued its attack on legal immigration this month, announcing that it will start requiring additional in-person interviews for tens of thousands of individuals who have already undergone extensive screening and have been successfully living and working in the United States for years. These unnecessary interviews are likely to add to already significant […]

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Civil Rights Concerns Continue Over 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/22/civil-rights-concerns-enforcement-program/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/22/civil-rights-concerns-enforcement-program/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:37:50 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21208

Racial profiling often runs rampant in communities that have mobilized their law enforcement officers to act as immigration officials, with the Hispanic community frequently faring the worst. A new report from the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) confirms this dynamic. Their analysis of the impact of immigration enforcement on the Hispanic population of Fredrick County, […]

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Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/18/government-watchdog-questions-ice-border-patrol/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/18/government-watchdog-questions-ice-border-patrol/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:32 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21190

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report calling into question the need for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents as outlined in President Trump’s January executive orders. The report noted that ICE and CBP had no operational plans to justify […]

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