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Former Mexican President Says Country Not Paying for a Stupid, Useless Wall

Written by on February 8, 2016 in Border, Elections with 0 Comments
Former Mexican President Says Country Not Paying for a Stupid, Useless Wall

For the past several months, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken a harsh stance on immigration, stating more than once that he would finish the wall between the U.S. and Mexico and ensure that Mexico pays for it. For the first time, according to NBC News, a Mexican official has pushed back. Over the […]

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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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The Long Road to Biometric Entry Exit

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Border, Visas with 1 Comment
The Long Road to Biometric Entry Exit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report this week detailing visa overstays in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, estimating approximately 415,000 individuals overstayed their visa in the past year. The report was referenced heavily in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing this week, which focused on the failure […]

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Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Written by on December 17, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Each year, the Border Patrol—a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—holds hundreds of thousands of individuals in detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are meant to hold individuals for a short time while they undergo initial processing and a decision is made about where they go next, taking into account […]

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Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

For the last 10 years, in federal courts across the Southwest border, the federal government has systematically prosecuted unlawful border crossers in group hearings with little-to-no due process. These prosecutions, often referred to as Operation Streamline, were intended to deter illegal entry and reentry. Instead, they have clogged up the federal courts and wasted precious […]

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Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

As we move through the 2016 presidential election cycle, the issue of immigration will continue to be a central topic of the debate. The United States is at a tipping point after more than two decades without meaningful upgrades to its immigration system. Current U.S. law does not provide sufficient channels for legal immigration and […]

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Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

Written by on December 10, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

In 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Congress and the White House embarked upon an unprecedented bureaucratic experiment: grafting together 22 federal agencies into a single entity that was supposed to protect the nation from terrorist attack or any other potential threat. The result was a multi-headed monstrosity known as the Department of Homeland Security […]

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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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Accountability Continues to Elude the Border Patrol

Written by on November 13, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Accountability Continues to Elude the Border Patrol

A startling number of media accounts continue to demonstrate that the Border Patrol is an agency which is unable to control many of its agents and shows little willingness to provide accountability for its actions. Its agents frequently use force—sometimes deadly force—against people who do not represent a serious threat. Their agents are rarely disciplined […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Discusses Border Security, Executive Action, Refugees and PEP

DHS Secretary Johnson Discusses Border Security, Executive Action, Refugees and PEP

On Thursday, Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) addressed the 12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, covering a wide-range of topics, from border security to the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) to executive action and refugees. Secretary Johnson began his remarks calling attention to misinformation around border security. He clarified […]

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