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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 2 Comments
Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells [...]

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Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action, Republicans with 1 Comment
Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Before adjourning for their summer recess a month ago, the House passed a partisan supplemental spending bill that had no hope of making it through the Senate. First, it did not provide anywhere near what the White House was requesting in order to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors. It also attempted to gut [...]

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Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 [...]

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New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

Written by on September 4, 2014 in Administration, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

As the Obama administration continues its deliberations over what sorts of executive actions the President might take to begin repairing the broken U.S. immigration system, it would be wise to keep in mind just how much a part of U.S. society the unauthorized immigrant population has become. At this point, most unauthorized immigrants belong to [...]

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136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

Written by on September 3, 2014 in President Obama with 4 Comments
136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

After immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” A chorus of legal experts and columnists agreed that he’d be on solid ground if he did. The President has discussed deferring deportations for up to 5 million [...]

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The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on August 26, 2014 in Administration, Prosecutorial Discretion with 1 Comment
The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform legislation would give a majority of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and work authorization. But with immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” The President is reportedly [...]

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Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

With immigration legislation now moribund in Congress, all eyes have turned to the White House to see what sorts of non-legislative fixes to the immigration system might be implemented by the Obama administration. While the administration’s deliberations remain private, it is almost certain that one of the fixes being contemplated is the granting of a [...]

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Whistleblower Alleges Cover-ups and Corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 1 Comment
Whistleblower Alleges Cover-ups and Corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

While allegations of abuse committed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are nothing new, it’s not every day that someone as high-ranking as the former head of the agency’s internal affairs office is the one blowing the whistle. In an interview with The Center for Investigative Reporting that was published on August 14, James [...]

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11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

One of the hundreds of children being held at an immigration detention facility in, New Mexico, was released last week when officials realized the 11-year-old boy was a U.S. citizen. According to the boy’s attorney, he spent more than a month there before an immigration attorney visiting the facility found out about his status. “I [...]

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Why the President Has Authority to Act on Deportations

Why the President Has Authority to Act on Deportations

The Washington Post published an editorial last week that missed the mark on whether the President has the authority to limit deportations of undocumented immigrants, concluding President Obama would be “tearing up the Constitution” by doing so. The New York Times editorial board followed up Sunday with their more accurate assessment that it “would be [...]

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