How the Immigration System Works

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years of Detention

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years of Detention

An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for release he had encountered in his career. The child’s release marks what will hopefully be a positive turn for immigrant […]

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Immigrants Are Now Five Times More Likely to Die Crossing the Border

Immigrants Are Now Five Times More Likely to Die Crossing the Border

The recent deaths of ten migrants who suffocated in the back of a tractor trailer as they were allegedly being smuggled into the United States has brought renewed attention to the grave risks involved in crossing the border. A new report from the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) explains that border deaths are on […]

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Massachusetts’ Highest Court Declares Immigration Detainers Are Unenforceable

Massachusetts’ Highest Court Declares Immigration Detainers Are Unenforceable

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a unanimous decision on Monday holding that Massachusetts court officers may not arrest and detain immigrants based solely on a detainer. Although other courts have struck down detainers on the grounds that they violate the Constitution, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded that law enforcement officials have no authority under […]

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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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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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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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USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

Written by on January 6, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 4 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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How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

When people think about immigration reform, they usually think about legalization, enforcement, and updating the legal immigration system. However, there are other upgrades to the immigration system that can be implemented by agencies without legislation which would significantly improve efficiency and could ensure that immigrants, their families, and employers receive better information and customer service. […]

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