When Deportation Hits Home and the Soccer Field

When Deportation Hits Home and the Soccer Field

Diego and Lizandro Claros were deported to El Salvador this week, a country they fled as youngsters and a nation plagued by gang violence and instability. Since arriving in the United States, the Claros brothers both graduated high school and spent their free time working and playing soccer. 19-year-old Lizandro became a beloved and important […]

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Administration Unveils Legislation That Cuts Legal Immigration in Half and Abandons Family Values

Administration Unveils Legislation That Cuts Legal Immigration in Half and Abandons Family Values

The administration revealed legislation this week that seeks to drastically reshape American immigration, moving away from the family based immigration tradition that has both shaped our immigration policies for centuries and promoted family reunification, towards one that reduces people to numbers and rankings through a narrow and rigid point system. The Reforming American Immigration for […]

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Border Patrol Abuses Rarely Result in Any Serious Disciplinary Action

Border Patrol Abuses Rarely Result in Any Serious Disciplinary Action

Written by on August 2, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s largest federal law-enforcement agency, has a long history of violating constitutional and other rights of both immigrants and U.S. citizens. For example, agents of the Border Patrol (a component agency of CBP) are known for regularly overstepping the boundaries of their authority by using excessive force, detaining […]

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Rule Delay Threatens New Program for International Entrepreneurs

Rule Delay Threatens New Program for International Entrepreneurs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has abruptly delayed the effective date of an important new program which would have allowed international entrepreneurs to develop their start-up companies in the United States. In the last days of the Obama administration, DHS issued the international entrepreneur rule (IER). The long-awaited rule was intended to begin to […]

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House Commits 1.6 Billion Taxpayer Dollars to Elusive Border Wall

House Commits 1.6 Billion Taxpayer Dollars to Elusive Border Wall

Written by on July 31, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments

The House of Representatives passed a spending bill last week which included $1.6 billion for expansion of a southern border wall. The bill, which passed largely along party lines, will now move to the Senate where Democrats have emphatically said they oppose any border wall funding. In May, the administration submitted a proposed budget to […]

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Massachusetts’ Highest Court Declares Immigration Detainers Are Unenforceable

Massachusetts’ Highest Court Declares Immigration Detainers Are Unenforceable

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a unanimous decision on Monday holding that Massachusetts court officers may not arrest and detain immigrants based solely on a detainer. Although other courts have struck down detainers on the grounds that they violate the Constitution, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded that law enforcement officials have no authority under […]

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Trump Administration Targeting Immigrant Children Is a New Low

Trump Administration Targeting Immigrant Children Is a New Low

The recent trend of broadly labeling unaccompanied immigrant children as criminals and gang members is just the latest in a series of attacks on some of the most vulnerable individuals in the U.S. immigration system. In reality, most immigrant children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala are fleeing the very gangs they are purportedly members […]

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How Many People Are at Risk of Losing Their Temporary Protected Status?

How Many People Are at Risk of Losing Their Temporary Protected Status?

Over 300,000 individuals who currently have legal status could lose it if their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is terminated over the course of the next year. Nationals of ten countries who have been living and working in the United States under this protected status are facing the threat of having their status taken away by […]

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How Many Dreamers May See a Promising New Reality?

How Many Dreamers May See a Promising New Reality?

With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now at risk of being terminated by the courts or the administration, pressure is building on Congress to pass legislation which permanently addresses the plight of undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children. Bills already have been introduced this year that […]

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Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it now has hired 326 immigration judges, 53 more judges than July 2016, yet during that time the immigration court backlog has grown. According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) the reason for this may be due to the fact that […]

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