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After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments
After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have [...]

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New Evidence Confirms Immigrant Children Show Up in Immigration Court

Written by on October 14, 2014 in Children, Courts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 2 Comments
New Evidence Confirms Immigrant Children Show Up in Immigration Court

As many of the unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S-Mexico border earlier this summer navigate the immigration court system, recent government numbers confirm that the vast majority are showing up for their immigration hearings. Data released by the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) shows that between July 18 and the end of September, [...]

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Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

En 2011 una niña de cuatro años de edad fue detenida ilegalmente por oficiales de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP) al llegar al aeropuerto de Dulles, en el estado de Virginia. Luego de detener a la menor, los oficiales de CBP no permitieron que la niña tuviera contacto [...]

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Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

Written by on October 10, 2014 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 5 Comments
Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

In 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), unlawfully detained a 4-year-old girl when she arrived at Dulles Airport in Virginia, deprived her of any contact with her parents, and then sent her back to Guatemala. The girl’s father subsequently filed a lawsuit on his daughter’s [...]

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Reports of Sexual Abuse at Family Detention Center Follows History of Abuse Allegations

Reports of Sexual Abuse at Family Detention Center Follows History of Abuse Allegations

Immigrant women held at a Texas family detention facility allege that guards have sexually abused and harassed them, according to a complaint legal groups filed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week. Lawyers say at least three employees at the Karnes County center “are suspected of engaging in harassment and sexual abuse in [...]

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Latest Numbers Show Record-Breaking Deportations in 2013

Written by on October 6, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 0 Comments
Latest Numbers Show Record-Breaking Deportations in 2013

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its immigration enforcement statistics for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended September 30. The Obama administration set another record for deportations, removing 438,421 individuals from the United States—up nearly 5 percent from the 418,397 removals in 2012. As MPI’s Marc Rosenblum told the New York Times, [...]

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President Obama Follows Long History of Presidents Using Authority on Immigration

Written by on October 2, 2014 in Administration, President Obama with 0 Comments
President Obama Follows Long History of Presidents Using Authority on Immigration

In a speech tonight at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala, President Obama is expected to reaffirm his promise to take executive action on immigration reform, according to Buzzfeed. After Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive legislation, immigrant communities have been waiting for months to see what form of relief the Obama administration would offer. [...]

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Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Written by on October 1, 2014 in Deferred Action, Military with 0 Comments
Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Only a small number of undocumented immigrants could serve in the military after the Obama administration last week announced that young immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can apply through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. The military has used MAVNI since 2008 to recruit immigrants on non-citizen [...]

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Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently refers to itself as the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, yet many of its practices fail to live up to the expectations and standards by which modern, civilian police forces are measured. A constant barrage of advocacy and evidence pointing to CBP’s weaknesses in handling a range of complaints [...]

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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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