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Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

The recent capture in Mazatlan of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, is an example of targeted border enforcement that actually enhances border security. Although El Chapo was captured by Mexican marines, the information that led them to his doorstep came in no small measure from intelligence provided by U.S. law [...]

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USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Written by on November 15, 2013 in Children, Family, Military, USCIS with 2 Comments
USCIS to Offer Stay of Deportation to Certain Military Family Members

Today, USCIS issued guidance that is intended to prevent current and former members of the U.S. armed forces from being separated from their noncitizen family members.  The memo indicates that the noncitizen family members may be afforded “parole in place.”  “Parole in place” is a discretionary tool that allows a noncitizen who is in the [...]

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Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers this Veterans Day

Written by on November 8, 2013 in Integration, Military, National Legislation, USCIS with 3 Comments
Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers this Veterans Day

Immigrants fill every imaginable role in U.S. society. They are found in every profession, from farmworker to brain surgeon. They are the owners of small neighborhood bodegas and the C.E.O.s of high-tech transnational corporations. They represent their communities in town councils and in the U.S. Congress. And, not surprisingly, they are also found throughout the [...]

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Iraqi Visa Bill Reauthorized Despite Washington Gridlock

Iraqi Visa Bill Reauthorized Despite Washington Gridlock

On October 4th, with little fanfare, President Obama signed into law an extension of a popular special immigrant visa program for Iraqi translators/interpreters. The law, which passed unanimously out of both the House and the Senate, extends the program, which expired on September 30, until the end of 2013. This rare agreement in the midst [...]

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Recognizing the Contribution of Immigrants to the Armed Forces

Written by on November 12, 2012 in Administration, Faith, Integration, Military, Reform with 1 Comment
Recognizing the Contribution of Immigrants to the Armed Forces

By Brett Hunt, Iraq War Veteran and former Captain in the U.S. Army. “I’m a Cuban refugee who came to this country when I was 10-years-old and flunked the sixth grade because I couldn’t speak English.” That’s a quote that won’t surprise many Americans on both sides of the immigration debate.

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Immigrant from Nepal Named U.S. Army’s Soldier of the Year

Written by on November 1, 2012 in Family, Military, National Legislation with 0 Comments
Immigrant from Nepal Named U.S. Army’s Soldier of the Year

Immigrants have served with honor in the U.S. armed forces since the Revolutionary War. But in what is believed to be a first, the Army has crowned as its top soldier and an enlistee who was not a U.S. citizen at birth.

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A Look Backward and Forward at Immigration Platforms

A Look Backward and Forward at Immigration Platforms

Eight years ago, the similarities between the Republican and Democratic platforms on the issue of immigration reform were striking.  The 2012 immigration planks for both parties are equally striking, but for the opposite reason.  Where 2004 demonstrated a unified vision of a broken system requiring reform, 2012 represents a virtual breakdown in agreement at least [...]

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Today We Celebrate Immigrant Men and Women Keeping the American Dream Alive

Today We Celebrate Immigrant Men and Women Keeping the American Dream Alive

Countless Americans will celebrate America’s 236th birthday today by joining friends and family for food and fireworks. Many will just enjoy the day, others will recall our Founding Fathers’  declaration of independence, and others will raise their right hand, swear an oath of allegiance, and become citizens of the United States of America. Across the [...]

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Clearing the Air on Immigrants, the Military, and Deferred Action

Clearing the Air on Immigrants, the Military, and Deferred Action

President Obama’s June 15 announcement on deferred action for DREAMers raised a number of questions about what it means and how it will be administered. One of the biggest questions is regarding military service. According to the DHS memo, among those eligible to be granted deferred action are an individual who is an “honorably discharged [...]

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In Speech, Romney Provides Few Details on Immigration Policy

In Speech, Romney Provides Few Details on Immigration Policy

On Thursday, Mitt Romney gave a much-anticipated speech in which he was expected to address whether—as President—he would reverse the new Obama administration policy toward immigrant youths who would qualify for the DREAM Act. The answer? It’s still unclear. Despite adopting a noticeably softer tone toward undocumented immigrants, Romney again failed to say whether he [...]

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