How the Immigration System Works

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

It has been well established for decades that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, immigrants who have committed no violent offense are often subjected to a different kind of violence doled out by the U.S. immigration-enforcement system. Young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United […]

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How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

Americans value diversity and family. That is why our immigration system generally reflects those values. The U.S. diversity visa lottery, which was enshrined into law in 1990, was created to encourage legal immigration to the U.S. from countries other than those where immigrants usually migrate from, thus creating a greater diversity in our immigration pool. […]

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Trump Administration Issues New Visa Sanctions on Four Countries, In Retaliation for Their Stance on Deportation

Trump Administration Issues New Visa Sanctions on Four Countries, In Retaliation for Their Stance on Deportation

Following through on a directive from President Trump made during his first week in office, the State Department on Monday invoked a rarely-used law to impose visa restrictions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, declaring each country “recalcitrant” for refusing to accept the return of immigrants that the United States has ordered deported. Three […]

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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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