Immigration 101

The United States Could Solve Undocumented Immigration With a Better System

Written by on December 4, 2018 in Asylum, Demographics, Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
The United States Could Solve Undocumented Immigration With a Better System

New estimates indicate that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States continues a decade-long decline, standing at about 10.7 million as of 2016 (down from 12.2 million in 2007). Just as important as the numbers themselves, however, are the trends that underlie them: migrants are now primarily coming from Central America, not Mexico. […]

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What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration

What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration

Following Jeff Sessions’ resignation as Attorney General, President Trump named Matthew Whitaker to replace him—a move that has already inspired multiple lawsuits that contend the designation was illegal. In a recent immigration case, an amicus brief explains why designating Sessions’ former chief of staff is unlawful. The amicus brief was filed in Matter of Negusie, […]

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How States Took Action on Immigration in 2018

Written by on November 27, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
How States Took Action on Immigration in 2018

States and localities continue exploring policies and positions on immigration to serve the needs of their communities and, at times, respond to the aggressive immigration agenda touted by the Trump administration. In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, states enacted more laws and resolutions involving immigration than ever before. But was this trend a […]

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Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

The Trump administration’s move to deport more people from the United States has come into sharp focus again as it targets some of the most vulnerable immigrants with its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. The new policy, announced in June 2018, had already dramatically altered the role of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by […]

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The US Military’s Diversity Is Part of Its Strength

Written by on November 12, 2018 in Immigration 101, Integration with 0 Comments
The US Military’s Diversity Is Part of Its Strength

The United States Armed Forces has done some of its greatest work when it has dismantled barriers to service and opened its ranks to Americans of different backgrounds and identities. Inclusivity within the U.S. military has been hard-fought but admittedly slow. Black service members have fought in every single war since America’s founding, but were […]

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Latino Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterm Elections Not New

Written by on November 5, 2018 in Demographics, Elections, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Latino Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterm Elections Not New

Latino voters are more engaged in the 2018 midterm elections than in years past. Enthusiasm towards voting is higher and Latinos have already contributed to record turnout in some states. Yet this interest and excitement towards voting has the potential to be hampered in some areas facing voter suppression. These difficulties in voting are not […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

On Monday night, President Trump told reporters that he intended to end birthright citizenship and claimed that he could do so with an executive order. Birthright citizenship comes from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “Any person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, is a […]

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Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

In a world of instantaneous news, the nation learned of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday in Pittsburgh almost in real time. As the details emerged, we discovered that 11 Jewish worshippers had been murdered by Robert Bowers, a self-described anti-Semite with a hatred for Jews, refugees, and immigrants. Shortly before […]

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How Does Immigration Factor into Americans’ Sense of Identity?

Written by on October 25, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Integration with 0 Comments
How Does Immigration Factor into Americans’ Sense of Identity?

With the midterm elections fast approaching, immigration has become—yet again—one of the hottest political topics among candidates and likely voters. Much of the public debate over immigration is devoted to topics like the state of “border security” and the causes and effects of undocumented immigration. Beneath these specific issues, however, is a more fundamental question: […]

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The Nobel Prize Winners Show the Power of Welcoming Newcomers

The Nobel Prize Winners Show the Power of Welcoming Newcomers

When people feel welcomed into a community, great things often happen that benefit the receiving community and even the nation. When newcomers feel accepted and included in a society, it provides them the best shot at harnessing talents they may have otherwise been unable to recognize or pursue. This has been the case year after […]

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