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After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget

After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget

After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress averted a second government shutdown last month by reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget—a budget which gave President Trump very little of his border demands. Undeterred, the president made a budget request for the next fiscal year on Monday. He called for $8.6 billion […]

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Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

  Contrary to President Trump’s claim that “large-scale unlawful migration” across the southern border constitutes a “national emergency” that requires building a wall, research suggests that undocumented immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is actually the lowest it’s ever been in the past 25 years. The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) has issued a report with […]

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Workers Detained in Massive Tennessee Immigration Raid Sue ICE

Written by on February 22, 2019 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Workers Detained in Massive Tennessee Immigration Raid Sue ICE

Workers who were detained during the first large-scale workplace immigration raid under the Trump administration filed a class action lawsuit against the government on Thursday. The raid, which took place in April 2018, decimated a meat processing plant in Bean Station, a rural community outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. The raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

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More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

New estimates of the undocumented population in the United States confirm a trend that has been apparent for several years: the number of people who become undocumented each year by overstaying their visa now greatly exceeds the number who entered with no visa at all. This suggests that our immigration laws—and our immigration-enforcement mechanisms in […]

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Uptick in Worksite Enforcement Hurts US Businesses and Economy

Uptick in Worksite Enforcement Hurts US Businesses and Economy

In its battle against undocumented immigration, the Trump administration appears to be focused on looking tough rather than addressing real problems. Judging from the latest official statistics on the worksite enforcement actions of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency is devoting its resources to capturing large numbers of low-level undocumented workers who are […]

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Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations

Written by on December 5, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations

There is a lot that we don’t know about immigration detention. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been in the headlines more often than in past years, the network of facilities ICE uses to imprison immigrants is a major aspect of the agency that is often hidden in plain sight. According to a national […]

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Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had a nomination hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday. He had previously served as the former deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), so he faced a committee eager to grill him about his […]

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When Immigrant Parents Are Deported, The Entire Family Suffers, Survey Shows

Written by on November 14, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
When Immigrant Parents Are Deported, The Entire Family Suffers, Survey Shows

Another form of family separation is on the rise—the deportation of relatives with longstanding ties to the United States. Those left behind in the United States often face significant hardships, a new study from the Kino Border Initiative shows. Families can become impoverished, as relatives are unable to meet basic needs such as housing and […]

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The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

Written by on October 9, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […]

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More Communities Say They Won’t Jail Immigrants for ICE

More Communities Say They Won’t Jail Immigrants for ICE

A growing number of communities are reevaluating their role in detaining immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Local officials in Atlanta, Georgia recently decided to stop holding individuals for ICE in the city’s jails. The city was directed to “permanently stop accepting and housing ICE detainees at the Atlanta City Detention […]

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