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ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

Written by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it had arrested over 2,000 immigrants with criminal convictions, by re-instituting a periodic sweep ICE calls “Operation Cross Check.” ICE’s head called those arrested the “worst of the worst.” But reality does not match the rhetoric. Rather, ICE’s arrests show that ICE will continue to deport […]

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House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

Written by on July 29, 2014 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

In the last week before the August recess, House and Senate members are trying to finalize vastly different bills that would provide additional funding to address the government agency needs associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The House’s $659 million bill falls short of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion […]

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States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

Despite the slow pace of immigration reform in the House of Representatives, it has been a banner year for legislation at the state level to help undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. As the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) explains in a new report, “Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States,” state legislatures approved laws […]

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Immigration Reform Will Help Address Critical Lack of Medical Doctors

Immigration Reform Will Help Address Critical Lack of Medical Doctors

The U.S. faces a severe shortage of physicians, particularly in primary care and in rural areas, and as baby boomers retire, the U.S. workforce will need many more health professionals to fill their spots in the health care field. But many hurdles prevent foreign doctors, who are just as qualified as their U.S. counterparts, from […]

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DREAMers Push For A Path To Citizenship

DREAMers Push For A Path To Citizenship

Ahead of a Wednesday meeting of House Republicans to discuss various options on immigration reform, hundreds of DREAMers—young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children—held their own version of a citizenship ceremony and rally yesterday to push for legislation that will provide a roadmap to citizenship for not only themselves but for millions of other […]

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House Immigration Bill Promotes Old Model Immigration Solutions

House Immigration Bill Promotes Old Model Immigration Solutions

Today the House held a hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (the SAFE Act), which is designed, as its name suggests, to be a lopsided, enforcement-only bill that imposes additional criminal penalties, border security, and detention and deportation, while encouraging discredited policies such as self-deportation and state interference with immigration law. […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform Bill

Written by on May 22, 2013 in Legislation, Reform, Uncategorized with 4 Comments
Senate Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on Immigration Reform Bill

After three weeks and hours of debate over five days, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” on a bipartisan 13-5 vote, with GOP Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Orrin Hatch (UT), and Jeff Flake (AZ) voting with the Democrats. Advocates in the hearing room burst into […]

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Day Two of Senate Immigration Mark-Up Continues With Temporary Employment Visas

Day Two of Senate Immigration Mark-Up Continues With Temporary Employment Visas

On the second day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s mark-up of S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the senators tackled most of the amendments to Title IV after finishing debate on a few border security amendments. The fourth section addresses the majority of non-immigrant temporary visas including those for high […]

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Senate Immigration Bill Has Arrived!

Senate Immigration Bill Has Arrived!

The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” has introduced the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” in the 113th Congress.  The bill is 844 pages long and will no doubt invite weeks of debate on many of its provisions. The bill is the culmination of months of work by Senators and their staff, and was […]

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Groups File Legal Claims Against Border Patrol In Abuse Cases

Written by on March 13, 2013 in Enforcement, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Groups File Legal Claims Against Border Patrol In Abuse Cases

While the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) immigration officers have broad authority to detain and ultimately deport noncitizens, they are generally not authorized to detain U.S. citizens and certainly cannot deport them. Yet, that is essentially what happened to a four-year-old U.S. citizen.  In March 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of […]

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