Deportation

Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—the division within the Department of Justice that runs that immigration court system—released its FY2013 Statistics Yearbook detailing the number of deportation cases begun and completed in the immigration courts nationwide. The Yearbook showed a decrease in the number of immigration court cases the Department of Homeland [...]

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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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New Reports Undermine Obama Administration’s Claims About Deportations

New Reports Undermine Obama Administration’s Claims About Deportations

Immigrant advocates and serious researchers have known for years that the deportation dragnet cast by the Obama administration is capturing thousands and thousands of people who pose no serious threat to public safety. This week, the New York Times and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University each independently confirmed this conclusion. They [...]

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What Does More Discretion and Less Deportation Look Like?

What Does More Discretion and Less Deportation Look Like?

Following President Obama’s announcement that administration officials will review enforcement policies to see how to make them more humane, NBC News reports that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has compiled a list of recommendations for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on what actions could be taken to slow deportations. According to NBC News, the caucus will [...]

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The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The effectiveness of immigration enforcement policies in the United States cannot simply be reduced to removal numbers. In other words, the system’s functionality and fairness cannot be determined by counting how many individuals a president deports each year. An honest analysis should include an understanding of what belies the numbers, as well as a look [...]

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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational [...]

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President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

As the number of deportations under President Obama near the 2 million mark and Congress stalls on immigration reform legislation, President Obama said Friday that administration officials are reviewing what could be done to make the immigration enforcement system more humane. The announcement follows votes in the House of Representatives last week attempting to limit [...]

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Increase in Deportations Harms Native-Born Workers and Economy

Increase in Deportations Harms Native-Born Workers and Economy

More immigrants are being “removed” from the United States than ever before by a deportation system that has grown larger and more aggressive coupled with   an agency with misplaced priorities in which most immigrants deported pose no threat to anyone. “For nearly two decades, the federal government has been pursuing an enforcement-first approach to immigration [...]

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House Limits Administrative Action Instead of Acting on Immigration Reform

House Limits Administrative Action Instead of Acting on Immigration Reform

Work on existing bills that lay out legislative options to fix the nation’s immigration system is languishing in the House while its members focus on legislation that rolls back the president’s power to help immigrants caught in the broken system. Following up on Wednesday’s vote to approve the ENFORCE Act (HR 4138), the House on [...]

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House Passes ENFORCE Act

House Passes ENFORCE Act

The House of Representatives today passed HR 4138, the ENFORCE Act, by a vote of 233 to 181. This bill would give either chamber of Congress standing to bring a civil action in U.S. district court alleging that “President, the head of any department or agency of the United States, or any other officer or [...]

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