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What President Obama Proposed on Immigration in His Final Budget

What President Obama Proposed on Immigration in His Final Budget

President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 which begins on October 1, 2016. While this is the President’s final budget and is largely seen as a political document, it does set the baseline for the funding of federal programs and new initiatives executive agencies would like to undertake. For issues concerning […]

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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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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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Attorneys Work Swiftly to Thwart DHS’ Aggressive Enforcement Tactics Against Asylum-Seekers

Attorneys Work Swiftly to Thwart DHS’ Aggressive Enforcement Tactics Against Asylum-Seekers

After a series of immigration raids last weekend, resulting in a reported 121 children and mothers being rounded up, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quickly transferred many of these families to the family detention center in Dilley, Texas to rapidly process them for deportation. While few have been able to access legal counsel since being […]

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DHS Begins Raids and Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children

DHS Begins Raids and Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children

This past weekend, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted immigration raids, primarily in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina where, according to DHS, they rounded up 121 individuals, mostly women and children. DHS now is transporting the families to Texas to process them for deportation. The raids were anticipated, as The Washington Post broke the news in […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

While Congress may be backing away from targeting the refugee resettlement program in reaction to recent terrorist attacks, lawmakers appear to have found a new target: the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows travelers from certain countries to enter the United States without obtaining a visa in advance. Currently, 38 countries, including France, the […]

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Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic nomination for President, recently released his updated and vastly expanded immigration platform. His initial plan was short on detail; however, this newly-released document takes a deeper dive and presents a set of solutions to some of the worst problems plaguing our outdated immigration system.

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