Latest Numbers Show Record-Breaking Deportations in 2013

Latest Numbers Show Record-Breaking Deportations in 2013

Written by on October 6, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 0 Comments

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its immigration enforcement statistics for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended September 30. The Obama administration set another record for deportations, removing 438,421 individuals from the United States—up nearly 5 percent from the 418,397 removals in 2012. As MPI’s Marc Rosenblum told the New York Times, [...]

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Proposed Refugee Program Limited in Central American Impact

Proposed Refugee Program Limited in Central American Impact

Written by on October 3, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee with 0 Comments

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a memo that set the refugee cap at 70,000 refugees for the 2015 fiscal year. This is the same cap as Fiscal Year 2014, but the 2015 regional allotment for Latin America and the Caribbean decreased to 4,000 from 5,000. This region includes Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, the [...]

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President Obama Follows Long History of Presidents Using Authority on Immigration

President Obama Follows Long History of Presidents Using Authority on Immigration

Written by on October 2, 2014 in Administration, President Obama with 0 Comments

In a speech tonight at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala, President Obama is expected to reaffirm his promise to take executive action on immigration reform, according to Buzzfeed. After Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive legislation, immigrant communities have been waiting for months to see what form of relief the Obama administration would offer. [...]

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The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

Written by on October 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention, Family with 0 Comments

By Dree Collopy, partner at Benach Ragland LLP. The inhumanity of family detention and the danger of short-changing basic due process protections are on full display in the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, where hundreds of women and children are being held by the U.S. government. The Washington Post reports this week on a tour [...]

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Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Written by on October 1, 2014 in Deferred Action, Military with 0 Comments

Only a small number of undocumented immigrants could serve in the military after the Obama administration last week announced that young immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can apply through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. The military has used MAVNI since 2008 to recruit immigrants on non-citizen [...]

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How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Business, Economics, Visas with 0 Comments

The State Department recently announced that, for the first time ever, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has reached its cap of 10,000 visas, largely due to an increase in Chinese investors. Although the EB-5 program—employment-based, fifth preference (or category)—has been around since 1990, the growth in its popularity as an investment tool has risen during [...]

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Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Courts, Myths with 0 Comments

Media outlets reported last week that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 70 percent of migrant families encountered at the border since May and released “haven’t reported” to an immigration office as instructed. ICE has released little other information about this data point. Several media outlets published this number but failed to provide [...]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Written by on September 26, 2014 in Deportation, Detention, Due Process with 0 Comments

This summer, tens of thousands of Central American families fled violence to the U.S. southern border. The administration responded by accelerating deportation proceedings, converting government facilities to family detention centers, and then prioritizing the detention and removal of families. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, [...]

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How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments

As local leaders explore ways to grow their local and regional economies, one area to address is access to English language learning opportunities for all members of a community. A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, examines workers with [...]

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Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently refers to itself as the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, yet many of its practices fail to live up to the expectations and standards by which modern, civilian police forces are measured. A constant barrage of advocacy and evidence pointing to CBP’s weaknesses in handling a range of complaints [...]

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