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Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

This story was updated on July 19, 2017. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled last week that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States,” as well as refugees connected to resettlement agencies should be exempt from the Trump administration’s travel ban. This ruling came as a […]

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Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

The Pentagon is considering halting a program that allows immigrants with urgently needed skills to serve in the military, putting the thousands of soldiers promised expedited citizenship in exchange for their service at risk for deportation. According to an undated Defense Department memo, the Pentagon may terminate the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program […]

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This Independence Day America Welcomes 15,000 New Citizens

Written by on July 3, 2017 in Integration with 0 Comments
This Independence Day America Welcomes 15,000 New Citizens

Along with the annual fireworks and family gatherings to mark the Fourth of July, 15,000 new citizens will be sworn in around the country and take the oath of citizenship. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will naturalize 15,000 new citizens on Independence Day. USCIS will kick off the naturalizations with more […]

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In the Days of Deportation, All Immigrants Are Targets

In the Days of Deportation, All Immigrants Are Targets

Since the Trump administration announced its crackdown on undocumented immigrants, stories of individuals abruptly deported have pervaded the news. The accounts of longtime residents who have built families, homes, and businesses only to be deported after years in the United States may seem like outliers, but in fact are now becoming the new normal. Such accounts […]

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Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugee resettlement has long been a cornerstone of United States foreign policy, but in the first weeks of the Trump administration, the president attempted to suspend the decades-long program in favor of a more isolationist approach. One reason the president gave for wanting to temporarily bar the world’s refugees was their supposed financial burden—but a […]

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Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

After debate rocked the Texas State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) in May, which purports to ban sanctuary city policies and gives local police the authority to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Though the law won’t go into effect until September, it’s crucial to know […]

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President’s Tweets Dim His Prospects for Supreme Court Review of The Travel Ban Case

President’s Tweets Dim His Prospects for Supreme Court Review of The Travel Ban Case

President Trump reignited discussion around his controversial travel ban through a series of early morning tweets on Monday, in a move legal experts say could ultimately cripple his administration’s chances of restoring the ban through the Supreme Court. In these tweets, the president blew a giant hole in his legal case when he insisted that his […]

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Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

The new administration has demonstrated that no one is off limits when it comes to ramping up their deportation policies, and as a result community safety is in jeopardy. Despite the fact that they say their policies will keep Americans safer, data shows that members of the public are becoming reluctant to report crime—either as […]

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This Notorious Anti-Immigration Policy Architect Will Lead the U.S. Voting Commission

Written by on May 15, 2017 in Executive Action, Legislation with 1 Comment
This Notorious Anti-Immigration Policy Architect Will Lead the U.S. Voting Commission

President Trump signed an executive order last week calling for an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the American electoral system, in another attempt to give credence to his continuous, unsubstantiated claims that “millions” cast their ballots illegally in the 2016 presidential election. He has named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to head the […]

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May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

Written by on May 2, 2017 in Business & the Workforce with 0 Comments
May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

In a display of solidarity that united immigration activists, laborers, and business groups, hundreds marched through the hot streets of Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon to commemorate May Day. May Day has been historically reserved to draw attention to the global plight of laborers. However, this year’s events sought to draw attention to the frequently […]

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