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Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Across the United States, county after county continues to alter policies to limit compliance with immigration detainers because of constitutional concerns. A spate of federal rulings found that detainers were not mandatory, so local officials increasingly seem to be coming to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which ask officers [...]

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Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response. In the case of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, this would include decent food, shelter, and medical attention while in U.S. custody. Even more crucial, it would include careful screening of each child’s case to determine if he or she [...]

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DOJ Adds Temp Judges and Shifts Priorities in Response to Unaccompanied Minors

DOJ Adds Temp Judges and Shifts Priorities in Response to Unaccompanied Minors

Congress has long neglected the immigration court system, like so many other aspects of our immigration infrastructure. For years, while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dedicated more and more resources to immigration enforcement efforts, resources for the immigration courts have not commensurately increased. As a result, immigration courts cannot keep up with their [...]

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How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

The Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Congress must approve the funding that, according to news reports, would speed up removal proceedings to decide if the children can stay in the U.S. or if they will be sent back to Central [...]

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Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

Written by on July 2, 2014 in President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments
Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

This week, President Obama concluded that the House would not act on immigration reform this year, leading him to announce that he would use his executive authority to fix what he could of the immigration system on his own. This is a welcome decision, although details of his plans are unlikely to unfold until later [...]

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Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

The White House informed Congress Monday that it would seek additional funding for an aggressive border enforcement strategy designed to thwart the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors and families crossing the southwestern border, to expend more resources on fighting traffickers and drug smugglers, and to work closely with Mexico and Central American countries to end [...]

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Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Written by on June 30, 2014 in President Obama, Reform with 7 Comments
Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources [...]

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Números oficiales muestran que miles de ciudadanos estadounidenses son separados de sus padres por deportaciones

Números oficiales muestran que miles de ciudadanos estadounidenses son separados de sus padres por deportaciones

De acuerdo al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement o ICE), dentro del conjunto de personas que fueron deportadas en 2013 72.410 declararon tener uno o más hijos nacidos en Estados Unidos. De ellos, 39.410 fueron deportados en el primer semestre y los restantes 33.000 en [...]

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Thousands of U.S.-citizen children separated from parents, ICE records show

Thousands of U.S.-citizen children separated from parents, ICE records show

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records, 72,410 individuals deported in 2013 said they had one or more U.S.-born children. Of those, 39,410 were deported in the first half of calendar year 2013 and the remaining 33,000 in the second half. In other words, in one year alone, many thousands of U.S.-citizen kids [...]

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Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Doña Ana County in New Mexico announced this week it will stop honoring detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at the county jail, becoming the most recent in a string of local jurisdictions across the country to limit their compliance with detainers. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, county commissioners approved [...]

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