ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

ICE Sweeps Up Minor Offenders with Families, Using Heavy-Handed Approach

Written by on March 13, 2015 in Family, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 2 Comments

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it had arrested over 2,000 immigrants with criminal convictions, by re-instituting a periodic sweep ICE calls “Operation Cross Check.” ICE’s head called those arrested the “worst of the worst.” But reality does not match the rhetoric. Rather, ICE’s arrests show that ICE will continue to deport […]

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DOJ Files Emergency Appeal In Immigration Executive Action Case

DOJ Files Emergency Appeal In Immigration Executive Action Case

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an emergency motion of stay pending appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in response to Texas District Court Judge Hanen’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction ordering a temporary halt to President Obama’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the creation […]

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Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments

Last month, following a five day trial, a United States district court ordered the United States to pay almost $500,000 to Jesus Castro Romo, for injuries he sustained after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot him in the back. Mr. Castro had been walking through the desert when a Border Patrol agent on horseback approached […]

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How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments

Why is it important for places and organizations to connect the dots of immigrant entrepreneurship and local neighborhood economic growth? “Wherever you find immigrant growth you’ll find entrepreneurship. Some of the storefront businesses [in Iowa, for example…] would not be there without immigrant entrepreneurs,” Iowa State University researcher Sandra Burkesaid. In the Miami metropolitan area, […]

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Immigration Courts Are Ordering Unrepresented Children Deported

Immigration Courts Are Ordering Unrepresented Children Deported

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Children, Deportation with 1 Comment

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that since 2013, more than 7,000 immigrant children have been ordered deported after missing a hearing in immigration court, according to government data. Immigration advocates and attorneys have raised the alarm that many children who never received notice of their hearings nonetheless are ordered deported for failing to appear […]

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How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is worthwhile to keep in mind the depth and breadth of the contributions that immigrant women workers make to the U.S. economy. More and more, immigrant women are coming to the United States not as the dependent relatives of immigrant men, but as workers. According to the […]

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DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Over five months into fiscal year 2015, the President on Wednesday finally signed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) appropriations bill, after Congress twice narrowly averted shutting down the agency. Congressional members called it a “clean” bill, without House Republicans’ efforts to repeal President Obama’s recent executive actions (well within the President’s authority). But the […]

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House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments

The House Judiciary Committee devoted two days this week to the markup of three enforcement-only immigration bills. The legislation would strip much-needed protections from an already vulnerable population–including children and asylum seekers–impact the agriculture industry, place burdensome requirements on small business owners, and cost the American taxpayer a lot of money. The Legal Workforce Act, […]

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Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economies, often forming the backbone of neighborhoods. As part of his November announcement on immigration executive action, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that creates a White House Task Force on New Americans to explore ways to strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration. The task force […]

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House Funds Homeland Security Through September

House Funds Homeland Security Through September

The House voted to approve a measure Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September, the rest of the fiscal year. The bill, which originally passed the Senate on Friday, is a “clean” funding bill without any amendments attempting to defund President Obama’s executive actions. The House vote was 257-167, with only Republicans […]

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