Report Finds Border Patrol Deporting Children Without Proper Screening

Report Finds Border Patrol Deporting Children Without Proper Screening

A recent U.S. government report found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported thousands of Mexican unaccompanied alien children (UACs) under age 14 in violation of its own policies, without adequately screening them for independent decision-making or their fear of returning to Mexico.

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Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Children, Deferred Action, USCIS with 0 Comments

 This week, the federal government announced that it would take more aggressive steps to retrieve 2,600 3-year DACA grants, including launching home visits for a small number of people. This move stems from developments in Texas v. United States, the legal challenge to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified to the House Judiciary Committee—his first appearance in Congress since the tragic killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Secretary Johnson faced Congressional representatives who repeatedly supported making immigration detainer requests mandatory. Johnson responded by repeatedly emphasizing “cooperation” with local authorities, rather than mandated […]

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Scott Walker’s Short-Sighted Views on Immigration Policy

Scott Walker’s Short-Sighted Views on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Elections with 2 Comments

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has just become the 15th candidate to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. His public statements and policy choices as Governor demonstrate a policymaker lacking a clear and consistent view on immigration, who also used his budget authority as Governor to take higher education out of the reach of […]

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Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States

Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States

Written by on July 13, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 1 Comment

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard oral argument in the most closely watched immigration case in years, Texas v. United States. This is a case brought by Texas and a number of other states challenging the legality of two key components of President Obama’s immigration executive actions announced last […]

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CBP Advisory Panel Recommends Revising Use of Force Policies and Adding Investigators

CBP Advisory Panel Recommends Revising Use of Force Policies and Adding Investigators

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments

Last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrity Advisory Panel, whose creation was directed by the Secretary of Homeland Security in December 2014, released a report recommending specific steps CBP should take in order to increase transparency, assure integrity, and ensure compliance with use of force policy. The recommendations include both staffing and policy […]

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One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

Written by on July 9, 2015 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments

On Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security committee held a hearing examining the U.S. government’s response to last year’s arrivals of unaccompanied children fleeing Central American violence. Despite continuing disagreements between Senators as to the cause of the increased numbers of children fleeing their homes, two solutions received uniform support from U.S. government officials: providing lawyers […]

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Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

Written by on July 8, 2015 in Crime with 2 Comments

When it comes to understanding the relationship between immigration and crime, anecdotes are no substitute for evidence. And, as a new report from the American Immigration Council explains, the evidence has been clear for more than a century: high rates of immigration are associated with lower crime rates, and immigrants are less likely to commit […]

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Jim Webb’s Record on Immigration Policy

Jim Webb’s Record on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is now the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential campaign. He has been more conservative than most Democrats on the issue of immigration policy while in the Senate, and as a Presidential candidate remains fairly vague about what he would do to reform our immigration system. When he ran […]

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New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will shift its policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody according to a memo released last week. While the changes seem positive, they still fall short according to LGBTI and immigration advocates.

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