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The Justice Department Is Halting Its Legal Advice Program for Detained Immigrants

The Justice Department Is Halting Its Legal Advice Program for Detained Immigrants

In its latest attack on due process and access to counsel in the immigration court system, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has decided to suspend its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) despite its demonstrated ability to increase efficiencies in the nation’s horribly backlogged immigration courts. According to the Washington Post, EOIR (the Department of […]

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White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

Days earlier than anticipated, the Trump administration released the “White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security.” It was discussed by Senior Advisor to the President, Stephen Miller, on a call this afternoon with Republican congressional staffers. It outlines the administration’s legislative wish list around border security, a 10 to 12 year-path to citizenship […]

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TPS for Nicaragua Ends and Honduras Decision Still Pending

Written by on November 6, 2017 in Benefits & Relief with 1 Comment
TPS for Nicaragua Ends and Honduras Decision Still Pending

Tonight, the Department of Homeland Security ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua. This decision means 5,300 Nicaraguan nationals will lose their temporary status to live and work in this country, despite the fact that many have lived lawfully here for nearly 20 years. The effective date of the termination of TPS for Nicaragua will […]

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Trump Administration Ends DACA: Places 800K Young Immigrants at Risk for Deportation

Trump Administration Ends DACA: Places 800K Young Immigrants at Risk for Deportation

The Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) today. This means no new applications will be accepted and only those individuals with current DACA that expires before March 5, 2018 may renew, a final time, for two years. Young people who currently have DACA will be returned to their undocumented […]

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This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 20th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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ICE Wants to Deport Immigrants Congress is Trying to Protect Through Private Bills

ICE Wants to Deport Immigrants Congress is Trying to Protect Through Private Bills

Democratic and Republican Members of Congress alike introduce “private immigration bills” designed as a last-minute effort to protect some immigrants facing deportation. This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it would no longer issue stays of removal (temporary protection from deportation) for many individuals named in these private immigration bills. The agency claims that these […]

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Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays

Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays

A young DACA recipient named Daniela Vargas was detained in Mississippi by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after speaking out earlier this month about her fear of being deported under the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. Officials arrested Daniela immediately after she spoke at a press conference organized by the Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance and put […]

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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, President Trump signed two executive orders on immigration that seek to shut America’s doors and label immigrants […]

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President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise to reform America’s immigration system. His urgency ultimately dissipated and reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements. Other issues took priority, partisan divides emerged, and an intransigent Congress refused to move legislation across the finish line. Thus, President […]

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Homeland Security Agency Dismantles Ineffective, Discriminatory Muslim Registry

Written by on December 22, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Homeland Security Agency Dismantles Ineffective, Discriminatory Muslim Registry

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially ended a Bush-Era registry created after 9/11 to track men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) was shown to be ineffective and had not been used for years, but the basic structure remained. NSEERS will be dismantled through […]

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