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Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) to serve as the nation’s next Attorney General.  Senator Sessions has led the fight against immigration reform at every turn during his 20 years in the Senate. He has urged severe restrictions on visas, called for drastically expanded immigration enforcement, and blocked all practical […]

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After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will step up the deportation of Haitian nationals following a recent uptick in their number of arrivals at the San Ysidro Port of Entry by San Diego. Deportations of Haitians had been scaled back significantly following a massive 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti in […]

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Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to the U.S. economy, according to a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. The exhaustive report is written by a nationally recognized panel of experts. It takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal […]

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Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, it appeared that comprehensive immigration reform was imminent. The prior week, President Vicente Fox of Mexico visited the U.S. and spoke to President Bush and Congress about the need for reform, and serious momentum was growing. However, the tragic events on September 11 set the immigration debate back […]

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Calls for Temporary Protected Status for Central American Countries Continue to Grow

Calls for Temporary Protected Status for Central American Countries Continue to Grow

Calls for the U.S. Government to designate El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for temporary protected status (TPS) have continued to grow louder this week as over 100 law professors and nearly 400 civil, faith, immigrant, labor rights, and legal services organizations urged the President to use TPS to protect Central Americans. TPS would provide nationals […]

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White House Announces Proposed Rule to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Do Business in the United States

White House Announces Proposed Rule to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Do Business in the United States

The White House announced a proposed rule to encourage entrepreneurs throughout the world to develop their ideas and create jobs in the U.S. This long-awaited initiative is part of the executive actions announced in November 2014. Under current immigration law, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discretionary authority to grant parole on a case-by-case basis […]

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Humayun Khan and America’s Debt to Foreign-Born Service Members

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Humayun Khan and America’s Debt to Foreign-Born Service Members

Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week to honor their son Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Army. The controversy that followed could not have been predicted with the Republican candidate attacking the Khan’s who have continued to forcefully […]

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How DACA’s Success Can Be Built Upon

How DACA’s Success Can Be Built Upon

Last month marked the four-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Since DACA was first announced in 2012, it has had positive impacts on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the United States. Yet, there are still ways in which the current DACA initiative can and […]

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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’s 19th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest winner is Eliana Jaffee from the Pardes Jewish School in Scottsdale, Arizona. The contest gives fifth graders the opportunity to learn more about immigration to the U.S. and explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).  This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand.  The ruling does not impact the original […]

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