Michele Waslin – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/05/19/california-helping-protect-immigrants-trump-administrations-aggressive-immigration-enforcement/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/05/19/california-helping-protect-immigrants-trump-administrations-aggressive-immigration-enforcement/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 14:17:10 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20743

California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented […]

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Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/05/04/texas-sanctuary-cities/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/05/04/texas-sanctuary-cities/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 20:18:35 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20680

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is preparing to sign SB4, a fiercely-debated bill that will make it a crime for local law enforcement to refuse cooperation with federal immigration officials. Supporters of the new law say they intend to put an end to “sanctuary” cities in Texas, although the federal government and state legislators themselves admit […]

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DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/27/dhs-launches-controversial-immigration-victims-office/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/27/dhs-launches-controversial-immigration-victims-office/#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:37:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20653

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/26/judge-blocks-trumps-plan-withhold-funding-sanctuary-cities/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/26/judge-blocks-trumps-plan-withhold-funding-sanctuary-cities/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:23:02 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20649

In the latest judiciary blow to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, a U.S. District Court Judge blocked the president’s plans to deny funding to jurisdictions deemed uncooperative on federal immigration enforcement. The administration had hoped to end so-called “sanctuary cities” by forcing them into compliance with federal law. However, these cities already comply with federal […]

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Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/19/trump-executive-order-h1b-2/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/19/trump-executive-order-h1b-2/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:52:47 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20617

On April 18, President Trump signed the presidential executive order on Buy American and Hire American. Similar to the other immigration-related executive orders, this one has no immediate effect. The executive order does not change the existing requirements for any visa category or the processes for approving a petition or application for a particular visa […]

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Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/17/say-undocumented-immigrants-pay-taxes/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/17/say-undocumented-immigrants-pay-taxes/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:38:23 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20598

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/13/ices-public-shaming-detainer-reports-inaccurate-stop-publishing/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/04/13/ices-public-shaming-detainer-reports-inaccurate-stop-publishing/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:43:48 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20592

After issuing only three weekly declined detainer reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will temporarily cease publishing them. Initiated by President Trump’s January executive order on interior enforcement, ICE had begun to release weekly lists of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. These lists—proposed as a means to track which law enforcement agencies had refused ICE’s request […]

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Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/23/trump-administrations-immigration-detainer-report/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/23/trump-administrations-immigration-detainer-report/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:24:46 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20502

The immigration executive order on interior enforcement signed by the President in January instructed the Department of Homeland Security to release a weekly list of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. On March 20, the Trump administration released the first Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR). This report and the documentation surrounding it raise serious concerns about […]

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This Immigration Enforcement Program Has a Troubled History, and Trump Wants to Restart It http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/15/immigration-enforcement-program-troubled-history-trump-wants-restart/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/15/immigration-enforcement-program-troubled-history-trump-wants-restart/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:57:29 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20469

Buried inside the interior enforcement Executive Order issued by President Trump in January are the Administration’s plans to revive the 287(g) program. This is concerning because the program has experienced intense criticism over the years, and efforts to ramp up this program should be viewed with extreme caution and skepticism. The 287(g) program, named for […]

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Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/14/trump-office-of-victims-of-immigration-crime-engagement/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/14/trump-office-of-victims-of-immigration-crime-engagement/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:07:43 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20460

President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. Any victim of crime deserves acknowledgement and sympathy, and crime is an issue that must be taken seriously. […]

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“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/02/sanctuary-cities/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/02/sanctuary-cities/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:23:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20413

State by state “sanctuary” policies have received significant attention lately. Hundreds of communities across the nation have passed some version of a sanctuary policy and in doing so have made decisions about how they want to use their local resources. Yet the new administration, as well as others, are attempting to impede their ability to […]

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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Trump’s Immigration Detention Expansion http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/27/taxpayers-foot-bill-trumps-immigration-detention-expansion/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/27/taxpayers-foot-bill-trumps-immigration-detention-expansion/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:25:37 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20386

The executive orders on immigration enforcement, both along the border and in the interior of the U.S., call for a significant increase in immigration detention. This means more noncitizens in detention, more taxpayer money being spent on detention, and more profits for private prison companies–but less due process for those detained. The administration has called […]

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Trump Administration Begins to Abandon Common Sense Immigration Enforcement Priorities http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/15/trump-immigration-enforcement-policies/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/15/trump-immigration-enforcement-policies/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:05:58 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20334

The Trump administration is quickly unraveling the last administration’s efforts to prioritize those for deportation who pose a serious threat over those who don’t. The new administration is ignoring priorities that were put into place by the Obama Administration as a way to manage limited law enforcement resources. The priorities recognized that there is a […]

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Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/09/attorney-general-sessions-first-orders-business-immigration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/02/09/attorney-general-sessions-first-orders-business-immigration/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:08:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20310

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General this week by a vote of 52-47, following a very contentious confirmation process. As Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions will oversee key immigration-related functions. The three recently issued executive orders on immigration give the Attorney General  specific directives and are likely to […]

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The Public Responds Loudly to President Trump’s Refugee and Muslim Ban http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/30/public-protests-muslim-ban/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/30/public-protests-muslim-ban/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:52:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20256

In his first week as president, President Donald Trump unleashed a series of executive orders, thereby launching his first strikes against current and future immigrants and refugees. In response, thousands of Americans mobilized over the weekend, demonstrating against the President’s actions. Strong opposition continues to come from foreign leaders, Congressional leaders, government bureaucrats, business leaders, […]

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Who Will Pay for Donald Trump’s Border Wall? http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/10/will-pay-donald-trumps-border-wall/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/10/will-pay-donald-trumps-border-wall/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:49:36 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20128

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border took a step forward last week as Congressional Republicans discussed ways to get funding for the structure through the budget process. Republican leadership believes that current law already allows them to construct additional barriers along the border, if they can secure additional appropriations. […]

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USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/06/uscis-changes-how-processing-times-are-posted/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/06/uscis-changes-how-processing-times-are-posted/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:41:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20115

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on January 4, 2017, it has changed how it posts processing times. Rather that listing weeks or months, it now provides specific dates. This is a small initial step toward providing better customer service and giving individuals and employers the information they need about their […]

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Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/03/local-united-states-immigration-policies-that-protect-immigrants/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/03/local-united-states-immigration-policies-that-protect-immigrants/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:12:32 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20078

Since the election, states and localities have begun to think creatively about how to push back against President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to undermine current enforcement priorities and increase deportations. His party’s efforts to deny federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” has mayors across the country proudly declaring themselves such places. Additionally, they’re  preparing to implement […]

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Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/15/robots-not-immigrants-replacing-u-s-manufacturing-workers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/15/robots-not-immigrants-replacing-u-s-manufacturing-workers/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:22:19 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20022

There is significant evidence that immigrants boost the economy, create jobs, and bolster innovation. However, President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to “put American workers first” by restricting immigration. Some Americans who are justifiably concerned about the economy, unemployment, and offshoring mistakenly believe that immigrants are responsible for the country’s economic woes. But […]

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States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/12/states-localities-respond-donald-trumps-immigration-plans/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/12/states-localities-respond-donald-trumps-immigration-plans/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:54:44 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20001

With all the focus on what to expect at the national level on immigration under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, it’s easy to overlook the states and localities, which are reacting to the presidential elections and previewing their intentions on immigration. Elections for governor were held in 12 states, with Democrats and Republicans each winning six. […]

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