Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:15:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 New Census Data Show Immigrants Complement Natives in the US Workforce http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/20/census-data-immigrants-workforce/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/20/census-data-immigrants-workforce/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:13:50 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23293

Every year, the Census Bureau releases new data from its American Community Survey (ACS), which contains a wealth of information about the characteristics of the U.S. population. Without fail, this data always underscores the significant extent to which immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. The 2017 data—released in September 2018—was no exception. As the ACS data […]

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Two Border Patrol Agents Charged with Murder Highlights the Need for Robust Hiring Standards http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/19/border-patrol-agents-murder-hiring-standards/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/19/border-patrol-agents-murder-hiring-standards/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:33:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23275

For the second time this year, a Border Patrol agent has been charged with murdering multiple people in Texas. Both agents were hired nearly a decade ago amidst a surge in staffing that backfired on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in many ways, resulting in Congress passing an act to improve hiring practices. However, […]

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Trump Administration Justifies Lowest Refugee Admission Target Ever, Arguing That America’s Generosity Remains Boundless http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/18/trump-lowest-refugee-admission-target/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/18/trump-lowest-refugee-admission-target/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:14:57 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23260

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday evening that the Trump administration intends to limit refugee admissions to no more than 30,000 people in Fiscal Year 2019. In an effort to soften the blow, Pompeo noted the United States also intends to process 280,000 asylum cases, arguing that refugee admissions and asylum grants must be […]

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This Citizenship Day Marred by Government’s Focus on Stripping People of Their Citizenship http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/17/citizenship-day-government-stripping-citizenship/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/17/citizenship-day-government-stripping-citizenship/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:08:35 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23245

Each year on September 17, America marks Citizenship Day, an annual opportunity to reflect on the benefits and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. In years past, it was used as a day to celebrate new Americans and encourage others who are eligible to become U.S. citizens. However, this year is different, as the security associated with […]

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As Florence Hits US, Trump Administration Diverts Funds for Disaster Relief Towards Immigration Enforcement http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/14/hurricane-florence-trump-funds-ice/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/14/hurricane-florence-trump-funds-ice/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:38:21 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23234

As Hurricane Florence pummels the southeastern United States, newly released Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents show that a total of $200 million—including $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the summer of 2018. This transfer of funds, which allows the agency to have […]

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Government Agrees to Give Some Separated Families A Second Chance to Seek Asylum http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/13/government-separated-families-second-chance-asylum/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/13/government-separated-families-second-chance-asylum/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:42:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23227

In a tentative partial settlement agreement reached with lawyers representing parents and children who were separated as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the government has agreed to give thousands of parents and children a second chance to seek asylum. Organizations have argued that parents were so traumatized by the separation from […]

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Rural Communities Get Boost From Growing Immigrant Population http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/12/rural-communities-immigration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/12/rural-communities-immigration/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:16:36 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23216

In rural communities throughout the United States, immigration has been a demographic lifeline that offsets—at least in part—the dwindling number of native-born Americans. In fact, as a report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) explains, there are many rural areas in which schools, hospitals, and businesses would have shut their doors if not for […]

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In a Speech to New Immigration Judges, Attorney General Sessions Attacks Immigration Lawyers and Judicial Independence http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/11/speech-to-new-immigration-sessions-attacks-immigration-lawyers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/11/speech-to-new-immigration-sessions-attacks-immigration-lawyers/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 21:39:28 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23210

Rather than encourage the new class of 44 immigration judges to be fair and impartial adjudicators in his Monday morning speech, Attorney General Jeff Sessions advocated for a deeply flawed immigration court system and directed judges to carry out the Trump administration’s punitive, anti-immigration agenda. While many would have taken the opportunity to reinforce principles […]

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For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/10/military-border-shovel-manure-menial-labor/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/10/military-border-shovel-manure-menial-labor/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:36:35 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23198

The Pentagon recently announced that up to 4,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border through September 2019, following a 12-month extension authorized by Defense Secretary James Mattis. But the nature of the military service members’ work at the border—which is mostly menial labor—will still cost millions. The original deployment order, set […]

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New Government Study Attempts to Undermine Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/07/study-legal-orientation-program-immigrants/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/07/study-legal-orientation-program-immigrants/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:42:54 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23188

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released “Phase I” of its review of the federally-funded Legal Orientation Program (LOP) this week. The review came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to end the program in April but was forced to reverse that decision after receiving significant bipartisan pushback from Congress. The LOP, which is managed by […]

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Trump Administration Proposes Regulations in ‘Flores’ to Detain Migrant Children Longer in Unsafe Conditions http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/06/trump-flores-detain-migrant-children-longer/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/06/trump-flores-detain-migrant-children-longer/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:50:16 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23175

The Trump administration is proposing new regulations to indefinitely detain immigrant children at the border and keep them in unsafe conditions, creating a false choice between separating families or detaining children indefinitely. This misguided effort would continue the administration’s pattern of inflicting needless suffering on asylum-seeking children. The Flores Settlement Agreement (“Flores”) is a decades-old […]

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Record on Immigration Raises Questions http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/05/brett-kavanaugh-record-immigration-raises-questions/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/05/brett-kavanaugh-record-immigration-raises-questions/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 21:11:29 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23159

President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court—D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh—appears in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to answer questions about his judicial record and temperament.  During multiple days of hearings, senators are expected to ask him about his position on everything from abortion to gun rights, […]

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Federal Judge Allows DACA Renewals to Continue for Now http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/04/judge-daca-renewals-continue/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/04/judge-daca-renewals-continue/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 20:46:19 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23151

This week will mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s announcement ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Yet, defenders and recipients of DACA are celebrating a decision that came late last week, in which several states attempting to end the initiative were hit with a major setback. On Friday, U.S. Judge Andrew […]

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Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging CBP’s Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers to Proceed http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/31/court-cbp-turning-away-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/31/court-cbp-turning-away-asylum-seekers/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:42:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23131

In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal court in California recently allowed a class action lawsuit to move forward challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the border. The lawsuit, Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, was brought in 2017 by six individual asylum seekers and the […]

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Medical Neglect and Abuse Reported at Atlanta Immigration Detention Center http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/30/abuse-atlanta-immigration-detention-center/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/30/abuse-atlanta-immigration-detention-center/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:06:40 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23109

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently uses hundreds of detention centers throughout the country to hold individuals in immigration proceedings. Many of these facilities have a concerning record, with appalling conditions and treatment of individuals under ICE’s custody. A recent report from Project South and Georgia Detention Watch highlights such issues at the Atlanta […]

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Immigrants and Native-Born Americans Get the Job Done – Together http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/29/immigrants-americans-get-the-job-done/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/29/immigrants-americans-get-the-job-done/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 21:55:50 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23111

The power of the U.S. workforce is that both native- and foreign-born workers complement one another with different and equally needed skill sets. They cannot simply be substituted for one another. They each possess different degrees of proficiency in English, levels of formal education, and job experience. Unfortunately, the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) […]

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John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/28/john-mccain-legacy-immigration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/28/john-mccain-legacy-immigration/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 19:47:47 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23088

The United States Senate and Republican Party lost one of their biggest champions for bipartisan immigration reform and most vocal critics of President Trump’s immigration policies when Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ) passed away at the age of 81 last week. While McCain will largely be remembered for his 32-year career in the Senate […]

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Government Emails Show Trump Was Determined to Terminate TPS Despite the Facts http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/27/government-emails-trump-terminate-tps/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/27/government-emails-trump-terminate-tps/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 21:48:02 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23077

Over the past year, the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six countries, putting more than 300,000 mostly long-residing immigrants at risk of deportation. Newly released documents reveal that U.S. government officials determined to terminate TPS ignored evidence produced by their own agencies in a rush to end the program. Staff were ordered […]

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Asylum Seekers Challenge Spending Months Locked Up Without Interviews or Bond Hearings http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/24/asylum-seekers-challenge-without-interviews-bond/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/24/asylum-seekers-challenge-without-interviews-bond/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:04:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23054

Earlier this year, the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at punishing immigrants, including asylum seekers, who enter the United States without authorization. Among its many inhumane effects, this policy is leaving asylum seekers to languish in detention for weeks or months without the opportunity to present their asylum claims or request release […]

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Government Coerced Parents into Signing Their Rights Away Before Being Reunited with Their Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/23/coerced-parents-signing-rights-reunited-children/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/23/coerced-parents-signing-rights-reunited-children/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:57:15 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23045

In all the chaos of family separation, another disturbing detail has come to light: immigration officials may have coerced vulnerable parents into signing away their right to be reunified with their children. In a complaint filed on Thursday with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, organizations allege that Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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