Legislation

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. […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 Both bills take an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform and fail to address the nation’s outdated immigration laws or the need to enact comprehensive reforms.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 […]

Continue Reading

Comparing the House and Senate Plans to Fund Immigration Agencies

Written by on June 22, 2016 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Comparing the House and Senate Plans to Fund Immigration Agencies

The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled and passed out of committee their budgets for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which begins on October 1, 2016. Although the House and Senate have proposed funding some of the requests made by the President in his FY 2017 proposed budget, they did […]

Continue Reading

Why California’s Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Insurance is Good Policy

Written by on June 14, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Why California’s Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Insurance is Good Policy

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a historic law which could make his state the first to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. SB10 directs the state to negotiate a waiver with the federal government to allow this population to purchase insurance on the state’s Covered California Health Insurance Exchange. […]

Continue Reading

House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act

Written by on May 26, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act

This week, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed bill H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act). The stated goal of the legislation introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) is to enhance the security procedures for the processing of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Some of the new security measures […]

Continue Reading

How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

Several notable developments took place in states across the U.S. over the past several months in 2016. In California, several recently passed immigration-related laws–collectively known as the “California Package” –are now being implemented. For example, a law that extends professional and commercial licenses to anyone, regardless of immigration status, was implemented January 1 of this […]

Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Children in Immigration Proceedings a Lawyer

Written by on February 11, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Children in Immigration Proceedings a Lawyer

Every day children, some as young as toddlers, are sent into immigration courts all around the country. They can be asked to make their own immigration cases before a judge, often while a government attorney argues that they should be deported. This is because the government maintains there is no right to appointed counsel in […]

Continue Reading

Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

Written by on January 15, 2016 in Legislation with 1 Comment
Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

In December of 2014, President Obama restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba and, for the first time since 1961, opened an embassy in Havana.  Many believe that normalizing relations with Cuba may prompt Congress to change the current laws regarding the treatment of Cuban migrants. Perhaps in anticipation of this happening, over the past year, […]

Continue Reading

Top