Supreme Court Considers President’s Executive Actions on Immigration While Thousands Rally Outside

Supreme Court Considers President’s Executive Actions on Immigration While Thousands Rally Outside

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas. While lawyers presented their arguments before the eight Justices inside, on the outside families, advocates, immigrants, faith groups, and a wide range of civil rights and community organizations gathered to demonstrate support for the President’s initiatives. The thousands of supporters in attendance overshadowed the […]

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Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

Berks Detention Center Employee Convicted of Sexual Assault of Young Honduran Mother

Written by on April 15, 2016 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments

A judge in Pennsylvania this week sentenced Daniel Sharkey, a 41-year-old former counselor at the Berks County Residential Center, to six to twenty three months of jail time. Sharkey previously worked at the county-run detention center for children and their parents. His sentence came down after he pled guilty to three counts of institutional sexual […]

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Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Written by on April 14, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments

Unaccompanied children arriving from Central America face many challenges – post-traumatic stress, facing a judge without an attorney, separation from their families, and the fear of being returned to their home countries, among others. Receiving the public education to which they are entitled should not be one of those challenges. However, a recent report from the […]

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Custom and Border Protection Use–of-Force Data Raises More Questions

Custom and Border Protection Use–of-Force Data Raises More Questions

Written by on April 13, 2016 in Abuses, Enforcement with 1 Comment

Use-of-force by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 declined more than 26 percent compared with the previous year, according to statistics released last week by CBP. During FY 2015, which ended in September of last year, CBP reported 756 uses-of-force, down from the 1,037 in FY 2014 and 1,215 […]

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These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments

Immigration detention is being addressed at the state and local level in a variety of ways. In Indiana, local advocates are opposing a new private detention facility, and in California, legislators are attempting to limit private detention and enforce national detention standards. California State Senator Ricardo Lara recently introduced the “Dignity not Detention Act” (SB […]

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What You Need to Know About the DAPA and Expanded DACA Case Before the Supreme Court

What You Need to Know About the DAPA and Expanded DACA Case Before the Supreme Court

Written by on April 11, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments

In the spring of 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider United States v. Texas, a politically charged lawsuit about the legality of some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The oral argument will take place on Monday, April 18 before the eight sitting justices. The initiatives in dispute—expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 8, 2016 in High Skilled with 0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached—meaning that in five business days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H-1B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. This means that USCIS […]

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When Immigrants Are Deported Without Their Belongings or IDs, They Are Placed in Even Greater Danger

When Immigrants Are Deported Without Their Belongings or IDs, They Are Placed in Even Greater Danger

Written by on April 7, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

26 Mexican nationals say the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported them from the El Paso Border Patrol sector, which covers West Texas and all of New Mexico, without their identification, money, cell phones and other possessions, exposing them to greater danger in Mexico and making it nearly impossible to contact friends and family or get […]

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Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Written by on April 6, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments

Earlier this week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a thematic hearing on the “Human Rights Situation of Migrant and Refugee Children and Families in the United States.” A broad national coalition of advocacy groups and legal service providers, led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Transnational Law Clinic, prepared and presented testimony and recommendations to […]

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Undocumented Immigrants and Taxes

What Everybody Ought to Know About Undocumented Immigrants and Taxes

Written by on April 5, 2016 in Economics, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment

Paying taxes is not only a civic duty, but in a sense, it’s an act of faith. Most Americans pay them dutifully and with the hope that they will be put to the best uses possible—but also with the knowledge they will one day collect benefits from those contributions. However, there are millions of people […]

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