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Congressional Efforts to Repeal Immigration Executive Orders

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Executive Action, Legislation with 0 Comments
Congressional Efforts to Repeal Immigration Executive Orders

Since President Donald Trump announced his immigration executive orders last month on border security, interior enforcement, halting all refugee admissions  and banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days, there has been strong reaction by the public, litigators and on Capitol Hill. Members of the U.S. House of […]

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President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained

Written by on January 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained

On January 12, the White House announced the end of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy towards Cuban migrants. Effective immediately, Cubans who attempt to enter the U.S. unauthorized will be treated the same as other migrants. They will not be automatically “paroled” (granted entry to the United States by an immigration officer), and thus eligible for benefits […]

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Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate called The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation for three years to individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative created […]

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Who Will Pay for Donald Trump’s Border Wall?

Written by on January 10, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Who Will Pay for Donald Trump’s Border Wall?

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border took a step forward last week as Congressional Republicans discussed ways to get funding for the structure through the budget process. Republican leadership believes that current law already allows them to construct additional barriers along the border, if they can secure additional appropriations. […]

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Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

Written by on January 9, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in later this month, for the first time in a decade, the Republican Party will have control of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency. In theory, this control allows the Congress to pass and help implement many of the incoming President’s priorities. On immigration, Trump has […]

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Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) last week that continues the funding needed to keep the federal government open and running at current levels, but only through April 28, 2017. Previously, the federal government—including many immigration-related agencies and some immigration programs—had only been funded through December 9 by an earlier CR, forcing Congress to act […]

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States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

With all the focus on what to expect at the national level on immigration under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, it’s easy to overlook the states and localities, which are reacting to the presidential elections and previewing their intentions on immigration. Elections for governor were held in 12 states, with Democrats and Republicans each winning six. […]

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Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

Written by on December 9, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 2 Comments
Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill on Friday to temporarily protect individuals eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Senators Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Graham (R-SC), and Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation […]

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What to Expect Now That Congress Is Back

Written by on September 8, 2016 in High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
What to Expect Now That Congress Is Back

Congress returned to work this week after a six week recess. While September promises to be a busy month for lawmakers, it is unlikely that immigration reform will be high on their “to do” list. Nonetheless, immigration policy will be affected by any congressional action (or inaction) on spending bills including disagreement over the funding […]

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Senate Rejects Two Anti-Immigrant Bills Before It Goes out on Recess

Written by on July 7, 2016 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Senate Rejects Two Anti-Immigrant Bills Before It Goes out on Recess

This week, the Senate defeated cloture on motions to proceed—a motion to begin debate—on two “Sanctuary City” bills sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Both bills take an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform and fail to address the nation’s outdated immigration laws or the need to enact comprehensive reforms. Senator […]

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