Administration

DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

There are two competing narratives being spun about the Obama Administration’s response to the “surge” of refugees from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and each of these narratives is as fanciful as the other. According to one story, there has been a near-instantaneous deterrent effect as a result of the raids […]

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Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

On January 27, 2016, Pennsylvania state officials informed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would not renew and would revoke the operating license for the Berks County Residential Facility, the immigration detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which jails mothers and children, often for extended periods of time. The current license will expire on […]

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Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Written by on January 28, 2016 in Detention, President Obama, Raids with 0 Comments
Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Seven mothers that have been held for four weeks in a family detention facility in Dilley, Texas penned a letter to President Obama asking him to release them and their children while they work through the immigration appeals process. These women and their kids were among those picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs […]

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What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

Since 2014, the number of federal prosecutions for immigration crimes has declined. So has the number of removals (deportations) from the United States. Contrary to some suggestions, however, this does not mean that the federal government is becoming lax in the enforcement of immigration laws. The reality is that the number of unauthorized immigrants entering […]

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Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

A growing number of policy-players and makers are calling on the U.S. government to protect, rather than deport, Central American migrants and asylum-seekers. As rampant violence and organized crime continues to destabilize the Northern Triangle countries—evidenced not only by numerous reports but, by the thousands fleeing this region in the past several years—many are questioning […]

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What’s Next in the Supreme Court Case on Expanded DACA and DAPA?

Written by on January 20, 2016 in Executive Action, Supreme Court with 0 Comments
What’s Next in the Supreme Court Case on Expanded DACA and DAPA?

This week, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments in United States v. Texas. The highest court will now determine whether the President’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014, known as expanded DACA and DAPA, constitute a lawful exercise of executive discretion. The Supreme Court’s decision could clear the way for the initiatives […]

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Supreme Court Will Review DACA/DAPA Case

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Executive Action, News Flash, Supreme Court with 2 Comments
Supreme Court Will Review DACA/DAPA Case

Today, the Supreme Court decided to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives—DAPA and expanded DACA. The Court is likely to hear oral arguments in April 2016. We can expect a decision by the end of June 2016. For more information visit our […]

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U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. children are clearly at a disadvantage if they have at least one undocumented parent. According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released yesterday, of the estimated 5.1 million U.S. children under age 18 currently living with at least one undocumented parent, 79 percent (4.1 million) are U.S. citizens. The population of […]

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Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Courts, Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 0 Comments
Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

A federal court in Tucson, Arizona held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must answer allegations of horrific conditions experienced by individuals in Tucson Sector detention facilities (a.k.a. “hieleras”) along the southern border. In decisions handed down on January 11, the court decided that the case, Doe V. Johnson, may proceed as a class […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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