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Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured

Written by on April 16, 2015 in Border, Department of Homeland Security with 0 Comments
Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured

For decades, the United States has been pursuing an “enforcement-first” approach to immigration control, spending more on immigration enforcement than all other law enforcement combined, but failing to address our dysfunctional immigration system. A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC’s) Immigration Task Force, called “Measuring the Metrics: Grading the Government on Immigration Enforcement,” […]

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ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

On Tuesday, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña, responsible for immigration enforcement inside the United States, testified for the first time to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. Saldaña defended ICE’s implementation of its new enforcement priorities, promised to convince local jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE, and received sharp questioning regarding […]

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The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Courts, Deferred Action, Executive Action with 7 Comments
The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About

Yesterday, in Crane v. Johnson, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (the same court deciding whether or not to keep in place the preliminary injunction blocking the President’s executive actions) unanimously dismissed a lawsuit challenging the original 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The court held that the plaintiffs in the case–the State […]

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H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 7, 2015 in News Flash, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that USCIS reached the “H-1B cap” for fiscal year 2016—meaning that in seven days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H1-B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled […]

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Leaders From Across U.S. Urge Court to End Injunction in Immigration Action Case

Written by on April 6, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 1 Comment
Leaders From Across U.S. Urge Court to End Injunction in Immigration Action Case

Multiple legal briefs are being filed today in support of ending the injunction against the Obama Administration’s expansion of deferred action. On February 16, 2015, a Texas federal judge issued a preliminarily injunction against the implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent […]

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Effectiveness of DHS’ “Consequences Delivery System” Questioned

Written by on April 3, 2015 in Border, Department of Homeland Security, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Effectiveness of DHS’  “Consequences Delivery System” Questioned

By Daniel Martinez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, The George Washington University and Jeremy Slack, Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso. Despite billions of tax-payer dollars spent by the government on border security and immigration enforcement each year, the effectiveness of such an onerous expense has been long questioned. In an […]

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Adding Up the Economic Benefits of the President’s Deferred Action Initiatives

Adding Up the Economic Benefits of the President’s Deferred Action Initiatives

As the Center for American Progress (CAP) points out in a new analysis, immigrants with legal status earn more than immigrants who don’t have legal status. Immigrants who earn more also buy more goods and services from U.S. businesses (not to mention paying more in taxes). And all of this extra spending creates new jobs […]

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Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

Written by on March 26, 2015 in USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took another crucial step toward administrative reform of our immigration laws. The agency issued for public comment long-awaited policy guidance on its adjudication of L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa petitions. The L-1 category allows a U.S. multinational company to transfer talented employees, who have worked for a related […]

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Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

A class action lawsuit was recently filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a timely manner. Brown et al. v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that routine […]

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ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

Written by on March 13, 2015 in Family, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 3 Comments
ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it had arrested over 2,000 immigrants with criminal convictions, by re-instituting a periodic sweep ICE calls “Operation Cross Check.” ICE’s head called those arrested the “worst of the worst.” But reality does not match the rhetoric. Rather, ICE’s arrests show that ICE will continue to deport […]

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