Michele Waslin

Immigrants Play Key Role in Virginia’s Economy

Immigrants Play Key Role in Virginia’s Economy

Recent state-level immigration battles are often characterized by a great deal of negative attention and not enough positive information about immigrants living in those states.  Unfounded claims about the costs of immigration overlook the benefits and contributions immigrants make to American communities.  Fortunately, some organizations are dedicated to pushing back on the negativity and publishing [...]

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ICE Scaling Back 287(g) Program

ICE Scaling Back 287(g) Program

The 287(g) program has been controversial and criticized for years, and immigrant advocates have demanded that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) terminate the program.  Section 287(g) of the INA allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to enter into agreements that delegate immigration powers to local police, but only through negotiated agreements, documented in Memoranda [...]

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Kansans Push for Kobach Recall

Kansans Push for Kobach Recall

Activists in Kansas are mounting a campaign to recall the state’s Secretary of State and notorious immigration restrictionist Kris Kobach.  According to the Associated Press, there is a movement to collect signatures to recall him.  For months, several groups have held rallies and press conferences, accusing Kobach of spending too much time working on his [...]

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Utah Attorney General Pushes Sensible Immigration Policies

Utah Attorney General Pushes Sensible Immigration Policies

Republican Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has become a poignant and effective advocate for smart immigration policies, including the DREAM Act.  On Monday, Shurtleff spoke at the Immigration Law and Policy Conference, in Washington D.C., where he concluded that the “biggest casualty in the immigration debate is the truth.” Shurtleff understands prosecutorial discretion, and is [...]

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Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

The U.S. immigration system continues to detain more and more noncitizens in federally-operated detention facilities, in private prisons, and in state and local prisons and jails across the country.  Currently, DHS detains approximately 34,000 persons every night, the majority of whom have no criminal history.  Over the last several years there have been numerous reports [...]

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The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

Most people are aware of increasing collaboration between state and local police and federal immigration officers. Programs like 287(g) and the Secure Communities program, as well as state laws like SB1070, create a new role for local police, who are now put in the position of identifying immigrants for possible deportation. It has meant that [...]

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Immigrant Detention and the Private Prison Industry

Immigrant Detention and the Private Prison Industry

The latest data on immigration enforcement show that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a record high of 429,247 noncitizens in the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 18 percent over 2010. Immigration detention has been steadily increasing over the last two decades.  A new report by Justice Strategies suggests this increase is largely [...]

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The Economic Advantages of U.S. Citizenship

Written by on September 11, 2012 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Integration, USCIS with 1 Comment
The Economic Advantages of U.S. Citizenship

Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen has many benefits – citizens can vote and run for public office, bring family members to the U.S., hold certain jobs reserved for citizens, and they are protected from deportation.  There are also a range of economic benefits to citizenship, highlighted by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in their new [...]

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Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released results of their investigation into the US-VISIT program.  US-VISIT was created after 9/11 to track noncitizens’ entries into and exits from the U.S. to identify national security threats, individuals entering with fraudulent identities, and visa overstays.  Through US-VISIT, fingerprints and digital photographs [...]

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California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

The California TRUST Act (AB 1081) has now passed both houses of the state’s legislature and is awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.  Passage of the TRUST Act would be an important step toward mitigating the harmful impact of the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm).   Immigrant advocates from across the country are calling on Gov. Brown to [...]

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