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Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

A Texas judge issued a final judgment last Friday prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a childcare license to the nation’s largest family detention center, in Dilley, Texas and invalidating the license currently held by Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. In response, the State of Texas filed […]

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Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

After six years of challenges, including a trip to the Supreme Court, the legal battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 has come to an end—for now. The law faced a wave of opposition soon after going into effect in April 2010. In May 2010 civil and immigrant rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

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Texas Judge Continues to Delay the Licensing of State Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

Written by on May 16, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments
Texas Judge Continues to Delay the Licensing of State Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

On Friday, a Texas judge extended the temporary restraining order preventing Texas from licensing the Dilley detention center as a childcare facility. Dilley is one of two privately operated detention centers in Texas that house Central American mothers and children who fled violence and poverty in their home countries and are seeking protection in the […]

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How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

Several notable developments took place in states across the U.S. over the past several months in 2016. In California, several recently passed immigration-related laws–collectively known as the “California Package” –are now being implemented. For example, a law that extends professional and commercial licenses to anyone, regardless of immigration status, was implemented January 1 of this […]

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These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments
These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Immigration detention is being addressed at the state and local level in a variety of ways. In Indiana, local advocates are opposing a new private detention facility, and in California, legislators are attempting to limit private detention and enforce national detention standards. California State Senator Ricardo Lara recently introduced the “Dignity not Detention Act” (SB […]

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Does Pushing Undocumented Immigrants out of a State Help or Hurt the Local Economy?

Written by on February 12, 2016 in Economics, State and Local, State by State with 0 Comments
Does Pushing Undocumented Immigrants out of a State Help or Hurt the Local Economy?

As a recent Wall Street Journal article describes, Moody’s Analytics has concluded that the mass departures of unauthorized immigrants from Arizona “reduced competition for low-skilled jobs” and “was a boon for some native-born construction and agricultural workers who got jobs or raises.” However they also report it shaved roughly 2 percent per year off of […]

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Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Written by on February 5, 2016 in Refugee Status, State and Local with 0 Comments
Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

The Florida House of Representatives passed a sweeping “anti-sanctuary city” bill this week that would penalize Florida counties who do not aggressively target undocumented immigrants or who fail to honor every federal request to detain immigrants, regardless of the requests’ constitutionality. A House committee also passed a bill that targets non-Western Hemisphere refugees who are […]

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Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Immigration Facts a Fighting Chance

As we move through the 2016 presidential election cycle, the issue of immigration will continue to be a central topic of the debate. The United States is at a tipping point after more than two decades without meaningful upgrades to its immigration system. Current U.S. law does not provide sufficient channels for legal immigration and […]

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Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic nomination for President, recently released his updated and vastly expanded immigration platform. His initial plan was short on detail; however, this newly-released document takes a deeper dive and presents a set of solutions to some of the worst problems plaguing our outdated immigration system.

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Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Raleigh, the debate over whether local law enforcement officers should be involved in enforcing federal immigration law is back at the fore.

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