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House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Border, Congress with 0 Comments
House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Members in the House and Senate are offering competing proposals to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone, but it could be difficult to reconcile the two plans before the August recess. The Obama administration requested $3.7 billion in additional funding earlier this month. If Congress fails to pass the additional [...]

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Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response. In the case of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, this would include decent food, shelter, and medical attention while in U.S. custody. Even more crucial, it would include careful screening of each child’s case to determine if he or she [...]

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HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Border, Children, Congress with 2 Comments
HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Texans Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) and Sen. John Cornyn (R) will soon introduce a bill that expedites the removal of unaccompanied children from Central America. Their measure, the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, is a legislative attempt to change U.S. policies so that children from countries like Honduras and Guatemala who [...]

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Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Border, Children, Hearings with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Administration’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to address the humanitarian situation as children and families flee violence in Central America. While the committee nominally addressed only the funding request, the president’s stated intention to ask for more “discretion in processing” children also was a [...]

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Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight

Written by on June 26, 2014 in Children, Hearings, Nativists with 1 Comment
Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight

The House Judiciary Committee’s June 25 hearing was supposed to be about the recent surge in the numbers of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Had this really been the subject of the hearing, the topic of escalating gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador would have [...]

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Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing today entitled, “Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.” Committee members questioned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on the growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Thousands of children from Central America are arriving seeking protection from the violence [...]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more [...]

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Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on May 1, 2014 in Business, Congress, Entrepreneurship, Reform with 0 Comments
Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

From Alexander Graham Bell to Google’s Sergey Brin, immigrants have founded some of the most iconic American companies, as the Kauffman Foundation’s Dane Stangler explained. “There’s something inherently entrepreneurial about leaving your home to start a new life in another country,” Stangler said. And immigrant entrepreneurs continue to contribute today. The Kauffman Foundation recently released [...]

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Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Twenty-two Senate Republicans have made some political waves recently by sending a letter to President Obama expressing their “grave concerns” over the review of immigration enforcement policies now underway in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The aim of that review is to determine ways in which enforcement priorities might be revised to avoid the [...]

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On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

A year ago this week, senators introduced S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill, to much fanfare. It was a high point for the immigration reform movement, only to be eclipsed by the bipartisan vote to move the bill out of committee and then, in June 2013, final passage in the Senate itself. Thus far, [...]

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