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Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Border, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, which was titled “Securing the Border: Assessing the Impact of Transnational Crime,” lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were largely in agreement as to what the biggest security problem is along the northern and southern borders of the United States: the […]

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Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments
Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Last month, following a five day trial, a United States district court ordered the United States to pay almost $500,000 to Jesus Castro Romo, for injuries he sustained after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot him in the back. Mr. Castro had been walking through the desert when a Border Patrol agent on horseback approached […]

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DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Over five months into fiscal year 2015, the President on Wednesday finally signed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) appropriations bill, after Congress twice narrowly averted shutting down the agency. Congressional members called it a “clean” bill, without House Republicans’ efforts to repeal President Obama’s recent executive actions (well within the President’s authority). But the […]

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House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

The House Judiciary Committee devoted two days this week to the markup of three enforcement-only immigration bills. The legislation would strip much-needed protections from an already vulnerable population–including children and asylum seekers–impact the agriculture industry, place burdensome requirements on small business owners, and cost the American taxpayer a lot of money. The Legal Workforce Act, […]

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Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Most Americans want immigration reform. President Obama’s executive actions took temporary steps to provide relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have spent years here, but it is up to Congress to pass legislation that would comprehensively improve the immigration system. According to a February poll from Public Religion Research Institute, nearly three-quarters of Americans […]

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Why Are Immigration Court Hearings Being Set Into 2019?

Written by on February 3, 2015 in Backlogs, Border, Courts with 0 Comments
Why Are Immigration Court Hearings Being Set Into 2019?

The immigration court system in the United States is being stretched to the breaking point. Immigration courts have long been expected to do more and more work without the additional funding or personnel needed to do the job effectively. But now, the courts are struggling to handle newer cases involving Central American children and families […]

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House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Border, Congress, National Legislation with 1 Comment
House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399, the “Secure our Borders First” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “operational control”—defined as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”—of high traffic areas within two years, and the entire Southern border within five. DHS Secretary Jeh […]

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House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

Written by on January 23, 2015 in Border, National Legislation with 0 Comments
House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

With the start of the 114th Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First” Act. McCaul introduced the new bill exclusively with Republican co-sponsors unlike his 2013 bill, the Border Security Results Act, that had four Democratic co-sponsors. But examining the bill’s […]

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What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

Written by on January 8, 2015 in Border, Executive Action, President Obama with 0 Comments
What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

The U.S. and Mexico share a nearly 2,000 mile border, and most of the immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico. The relationship between the two countries runs deeper than just immigration even though attention in the last year has focused on the record number of children and families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to […]

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New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

New Family Detention Facility Opens in Dilley, Texas, Despite Due Process Problems

The Department of Homeland Security opened the largest immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas this week. The privately owned facility is designed to house 2,400 people—mostly women and children—who are caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The opening of this detention center reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to its flawed deterrence policy, which it began […]

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