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Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
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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Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

Written by on April 24, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Commissioner Kerlikowske Offers Vision of Change at CBP

On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske answered questions from the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee regarding CBP’s budget, and more generally his first year on the job. Kerlikowske’s seeming rationality, and openness to administrative changes, provided an alternative to the enforcement-first strategy that has marked Congress’ approach to border security. […]

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Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 1 Comment
Private Prison Industry Lobbies for Detention of Immigrants

Since 2009, Congress has instructed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain 34,000 beds in immigrant detention facilities across the country, a policy known as “the bed mandate.” This mandate costs the American taxpayer $5.05 million per day–or $159 a day per immigrant detainee. A new report released this week by Grassroots Leadership […]

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White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

Written by on April 20, 2015 in Administration, Integration with 1 Comment
White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

In cities and states across the country, there has been growing momentum towards building better immigrant and refugee integration programs . Yet there hasn’t been an official federal immigrant integration strategy until now. Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate newcomers […]

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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 9 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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