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U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported

U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported

Some say the wheels of justice turn slowly; however, when justice is finally delivered it is sweet. After more than two years of litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leonel Ruiz on behalf of his minor daughter, alleging that in 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained and […]

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3 Years In, It’s Increasingly Clear That DACA Benefits All of Us

Written by on June 15, 2015 in Deferred Action with 0 Comments
3 Years In, It’s Increasingly Clear That DACA Benefits All of Us

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama’s deportation deferral program for DREAMers–undocumented young people brought to the United States as children–is celebrating its third birthday today. Three years in, we know that DACA is benefiting the individuals who receive it, and a growing pool of evidence suggests what many have anticipated since the program’s […]

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Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Courts, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
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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Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Immigrants Kept for Days in Border Patrol’s Bedless Holding Cells

Every day, over a thousand individuals are held in Border Patrol detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are notorious for freezing cold temperatures, overcrowded conditions and lack of any bedding or beds. In addition, they routinely lack adequate food, water, and medical care. The reality is that these facilities are not designed […]

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Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action, Restrictionists with 2 Comments
Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Despite immigration restrictionists’ efforts to derail implementation, a new rule went into effect this week allowing certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. This new policy, announced as part of the Administration’s package of Executive Actions on immigration, permits H-4s to obtain work authorization where the H-1B spouse is […]

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Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Written by on May 26, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction, which has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred action initiatives from being implemented. These initiatives, announced last November, could shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. As a result of today’s order, the preliminary […]

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Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Today should have been the day when millions of undocumented moms and dads of U.S. citizens could have claimed their chance to work legally and live in dignity in the United States, alleviated, at long last, from vulnerability to exploitation and the constant threat of deportation and family separation. What you should have seen when […]

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2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Written by on May 12, 2015 in Elections, Executive Action with 1 Comment
2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Immigration policy has become a hot topic as the 2016 Presidential primary picks up steam. It is no surprise that the issue of Presidential authority over immigration has taken center stage in recent weeks as Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have all begun discussing their views around how far the President should have […]

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Arpaio Faces Skeptical Judges In Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Action

Written by on May 5, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Arpaio Faces Skeptical Judges In Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Action

It is unsurprising that the press is paying close attention to Texas v. United States, the case filed by Texas and a number of other states challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  After all, that lawsuit has resulted in a widely-criticized order temporarily blocking millions of undocumented immigrants – specifically, certain parents of U.S. […]

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Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Written by on April 27, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Estrella is a four-year-old girl who has been locked-up in U.S. detention centers for over eight months or one fifth of her life. She is chronically ill and has been hospitalized for acute bronchitis. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and major depressive episode. Her mother, Melida, watches her […]

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