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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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What to Expect From Congress on Immigration in 2016

Written by on January 5, 2016 in Asylum, Legislation with 0 Comments
What to Expect From Congress on Immigration in 2016

As members of Congress make their way back to Washington, D.C. this week, the prevailing wisdom is that nothing substantive will happen on Capitol Hill because we have officially entered an election year. On immigration, there is little hope that lawmakers will take up comprehensive reform, but that does not mean Congress will not try […]

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Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

Written by on December 18, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

This week, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government for the rest of the Fiscal Year (FY), through September 30, 2016, as well as a package of tax breaks worth around $620 billion. The spending bill, which was seen as the first significant test for […]

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House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

Written by on December 9, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

While Congress may be backing away from targeting the refugee resettlement program in reaction to recent terrorist attacks, lawmakers appear to have found a new target: the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows travelers from certain countries to enter the United States without obtaining a visa in advance. Currently, 38 countries, including France, the […]

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Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows

Written by on December 7, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Legislation, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows

In the days after the Paris attacks, fear took hold of many across the United States, and some politicians proposed shutting our doors to refugees, particularly those from Syria and Iraq. This knee jerk reaction resulted in the House of Representatives hastily passing a misguided bill, which, if signed into law, would effectively halt the […]

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Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Written by on December 3, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation with 1 Comment
Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Although our nation’s immigration courts currently have record backlogs, there may be some help on the way. That was the message from Juan Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)—a division within the Department of Justice (DOJ) department which houses the immigration courts—at an oversight hearing in the House of Representatives Judiciary […]

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