Immigration 101

USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

Written by on January 6, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 0 Comments
USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on January 4, 2017, it has changed how it posts processing times. Rather that listing weeks or months, it now provides specific dates. This is a small initial step toward providing better customer service and giving individuals and employers the information they need about their […]

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DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Written by on December 16, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment
DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump selected retired General John Kelly to be his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There is not much in the record to indicate Kelly’s views on immigrants and immigration. In February of this year, Kelly retired as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is […]

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Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers

Written by on December 15, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers

There is significant evidence that immigrants boost the economy, create jobs, and bolster innovation. However, President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to “put American workers first” by restricting immigration. Some Americans who are justifiably concerned about the economy, unemployment, and offshoring mistakenly believe that immigrants are responsible for the country’s economic woes. But […]

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What Was the U.S. Government’s Last Experience With a Muslim Registry?

What Was the U.S. Government’s Last Experience With a Muslim Registry?

Along the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised a special registry and database tracking system for Muslims in the United States. Although his spokesperson later claimed that he “never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion,” President-Elect Trump is currently being advised by the original architects and advocates of […]

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New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

Written by on December 5, 2016 in Demographics, Economics with 0 Comments
New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new data on university undergraduates that underscores the key role immigrants and their children play in our economy. New American Undergraduates examines the enrollment trends of immigrant (foreign-born) and second-generation (born in the U.S. to at least one foreign-born parent) students. Together, they are referred to as New […]

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What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years

Written by on December 2, 2016 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years

One does not have to look hard to find what the restrictionists’ immigration agenda will look like for the next four years. The groups and individuals leading the charge are not shy about sharing what they think the new administration should do when it comes to immigration. This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations Could Be Tough, But Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Written by on November 22, 2016 in History of Immigration, Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations Could Be Tough, But Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Let’s be honest. This is not the Thanksgiving blog we thought I’d be writing this year.  But here we are.

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The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump’s Immigration Team

Written by on November 15, 2016 in Elections, History of Immigration with 0 Comments
The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump’s Immigration Team

As President-Elect Donald Trump names his choices for key positions in his administration, it is clear that he intends to include quite a few people who subscribe to fringe, alt-right, racist ideologies. For example, Steve Bannon, named as Chief Strategist, is known for his white nationalist views and anti-Semitism. The people being named to lead […]

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Immigrant Service Members to be Naturalized and Remembered on Veterans Day

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Demographics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrant Service Members to be Naturalized and Remembered on Veterans Day

This year on Veterans Day, over 40 naturalization ceremonies will take place and 7,500 veterans, service members, and military spouses will become the newest Americans. While that may seems like a large number of people, it should come as no surprise as immigrant participation in the U.S. armed services is nothing new. In fact, immigrants […]

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What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Elections with 3 Comments
What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

The 2016 presidential election is, at long last, behind us. While pundits will interpret the significance of the election results for months to come, already clear is the broad public support for sensible and humane immigration policies. In fact, despite the rhetoric on the campaign trail, a range of post-election data show that the majority […]

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