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District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

A federal district court in Seattle heard arguments in a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to ensure that all children in immigration court have legal representation. The case received a flurry of attention when press reports revealed that an immigration judge deposed in the case said he had successfully taught three-year-olds immigration law. The focus of […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

Written by on December 23, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice formally asked the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The formal request, called a petition for certiorari, is the first step in the Supreme Court review process. The Supreme Court likely will decide […]

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Refugees Should Not Pay the Price for Paris Attack

Refugees Should Not Pay the Price for Paris Attack

The attacks that took place in Paris just days ago sadly reflect the volatile times in which we live. The horror we witnessed was quickly followed by national mourning and an outpouring of compassion and humanity from the international community. But, fear is a powerful force, and in the aftermath of this tragedy, some U.S. […]

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ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

New data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows that while the government’s use of detainers is decreasing, the number of detainers issued for individuals without criminal convictions remains high. TRAC’s report, released last Friday, looks at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) use of detainers in April 2015, the most recent month for […]

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Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

While some politicians on the campaign trail dial-up the anti-immigrant rhetoric and rehash old debates around birthright citizenship and mass deportation, the majority of America is unmoved. According to the Pew Research Center’s recent breakdown of their extensive public polling on immigration, and even more recent Gallup poll data, most of the U.S. public remains […]

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ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

Written by on August 4, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

In January 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented the “Risk Classification Assessment” (RCA)—a computerized tool that analyzes evidence and recommends whether to detain or release immigrants facing deportation. Yet ICE still detained 80 percent of its arrestees in FY 2013, in a detention system that remains enormous, and expanded further in 2014 to […]

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Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Last week, the nativist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) did it again. This time, CIS misrepresented data on children and families appearing in immigration court, echoing what Fox News reported earlier in the week—both outlets implying that detention is necessary to ensure appearance in court. Yet data from the immigration courts—the same data CIS […]

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Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Written by on June 25, 2015 in Elections with 2 Comments
Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th presidential candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. He is also the third declared 2016 presidential candidate that is the son of immigrants – the two others being Sens. Mario Rubio and Ted Cruz. In his announcement speech, Jindal embraced his own immigrant heritage but, a […]

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Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

For years, the Border Patrol program “Operation Streamline” has criminally prosecuted asylum seekers in a terribly misguided effort to discourage them from reentering illegally again. A recent U.S. government report from DHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said this practice may “violate U.S. treaty obligations.” Specifically, according to the OIG, the “use of Streamline” to […]

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