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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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Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Imagine what it would be like to be in a foreign country, and law enforcement officials take your phone, identification and money. Then, what if you are moved through a series of short-term holding cells and then longer term detention facilities and eventually released by being deported to another country without any access to your […]

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President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

The debate surrounding the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions that President Obama announced last month mostly has centered on the millions of unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States who are likely to receive a three-year reprieve from deportation. But there is another aspect of the president’s announcement that has received relatively little attention despite […]

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Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

In a strong condemnation of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of refugees, several organizations submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) detailing the pervasive failure of CBP officers to properly screen individuals who fear persecution. The complaint supplements media accounts, and recent reports by […]

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Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Border, Economics, Military with 3 Comments
Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a different approach […]

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States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Written by on August 8, 2014 in Border, Children with 1 Comment
States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Many of the Central American children who crossed the U.S. border after fleeing their home countries are being placed with family members and sponsors across the country as they await hearings to adjudicate their claims to stay in the U.S., and some states and cities are welcoming them. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who released […]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

By Megan Jordi, legal director at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from […]

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