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Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Children in Immigration Proceedings a Lawyer

Written by on February 11, 2016 in Children, Congress with 0 Comments
Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Children in Immigration Proceedings a Lawyer

Every day children, some as young as toddlers, are sent into immigration courts all around the country. They can be asked to make their own immigration cases before a judge, often while a government attorney argues that they should be deported. This is because the government maintains there is no right to appointed counsel in […]

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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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The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Hearings, Visas with 0 Comments
The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. However, that program came under intense scrutiny this week at a Senate Judiciary […]

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Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Written by on January 29, 2016 in Children, Hearings with 0 Comments
Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Earlier this week, it was reported that in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived at our border seeking protection from severe violence at home, government agencies released some children to human traffickers and abusers. These children were forced to live and work in dangerous conditions. At the time, the government agency which released […]

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Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

Written by on January 15, 2016 in Congress with 0 Comments
Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

In December of 2014, President Obama restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba and, for the first time since 1961, opened an embassy in Havana.  Many believe that normalizing relations with Cuba may prompt Congress to change the current laws regarding the treatment of Cuban migrants. Perhaps in anticipation of this happening, over the past year, […]

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What to Expect From Congress on Immigration in 2016

Written by on January 5, 2016 in Congress with 0 Comments
What to Expect From Congress on Immigration in 2016

As members of Congress make their way back to Washington, D.C. this week, the prevailing wisdom is that nothing substantive will happen on Capitol Hill because we have officially entered an election year. On immigration, there is little hope that lawmakers will take up comprehensive reform, but that does not mean Congress will not try […]

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Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

Written by on December 18, 2015 in Congress with 0 Comments
Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

This week, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government for the rest of the Fiscal Year (FY), through September 30, 2016, as well as a package of tax breaks worth around $620 billion. The spending bill, which was seen as the first significant test for […]

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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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Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows

Written by on December 7, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Congress with 0 Comments
Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows

In the days after the Paris attacks, fear took hold of many across the United States, and some politicians proposed shutting our doors to refugees, particularly those from Syria and Iraq. This knee jerk reaction resulted in the House of Representatives hastily passing a misguided bill, which, if signed into law, would effectively halt the […]

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Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Written by on December 3, 2015 in Backlogs, Congress, Courts, Hearings with 1 Comment
Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Although our nation’s immigration courts currently have record backlogs, there may be some help on the way. That was the message from Juan Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)—a division within the Department of Justice (DOJ) department which houses the immigration courts—at an oversight hearing in the House of Representatives Judiciary […]

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