Immigration 101

Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Men, women, and children fleeing persecution, grave violence, and even death arrive daily at Ports of Entry (POE) all along the U.S.-Mexico border and present themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to seek asylum in the United States. The right to seek asylum is guaranteed under both U.S. and international law, yet […]

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Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

The Pentagon is considering halting a program that allows immigrants with urgently needed skills to serve in the military, putting the thousands of soldiers promised expedited citizenship in exchange for their service at risk for deportation. According to an undated Defense Department memo, the Pentagon may terminate the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program […]

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Ending Deportation Priorities Breaks Away from Decades of History and Sound Policy

Ending Deportation Priorities Breaks Away from Decades of History and Sound Policy

A recent story from ProPublica has revealed an internal February 2017 memorandum authored by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to its employees about the implementation of recent Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. The memo is stunning in its declaration: “effective immediately, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers will take enforcement action against all removable [immigrants] […]

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How to Get the Immigration System in Line With Our Nation’s Values and Interests

How to Get the Immigration System in Line With Our Nation’s Values and Interests

Over the past two decades, much of the immigration policy debate has focused on issues related to immigration enforcement. In fact, many argue that “enforcement first”—the notion that we must adequately enforce the laws on the books before considering broader immigration reforms—has de facto become the nation’s singular immigration policy. This preoccupation with enforcement has […]

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This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 20th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

After debate rocked the Texas State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) in May, which purports to ban sanctuary city policies and gives local police the authority to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Though the law won’t go into effect until September, it’s crucial to know […]

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How Many People Overstay Their Visas? Not Even the Government Knows

Written by on May 30, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 0 Comments
How Many People Overstay Their Visas? Not Even the Government Knows

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials unveiled their newest “overstay” estimates—the number of people from other countries who remain in the United States after their visas expire—at a recent congressional hearing. However, agency officials themselves acknowledge serious flaws in their estimates, stemming from a lack of reliable exit data, as well as poorly coordinated communications […]

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Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Written by on April 17, 2017 in Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 2 Comments
Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies. To begin with, immigrants […]

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Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

Written by on March 27, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Demographics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

If the Trump administration fulfills its promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, it will be a very costly solution to a problem that no longer exists—and may not exist again for a very long time. A report from the Brookings Institution has concluded that changes in […]

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