Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

The state of Alabama settled a lawsuit last week over one of the last remaining provisions of HB 56, the punitive immigration measure often called the “show me your papers” law. Legislators first approved the law in 2011, but when lawmakers passed revisions to HB 56 in 2012, they including a requirement that the state [...]

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New Evidence Confirms Immigrant Children Show Up in Immigration Court

New Evidence Confirms Immigrant Children Show Up in Immigration Court

Written by on October 14, 2014 in Children, Courts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 2 Comments

As many of the unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S-Mexico border earlier this summer navigate the immigration court system, recent government numbers confirm that the vast majority are showing up for their immigration hearings. Data released by the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) shows that between July 18 and the end of September, [...]

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Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

Corte Federal Niega Desestimar Caso de Ciudadana de Cuatro Años Deportada por CBP

En 2011 una niña de cuatro años de edad fue detenida ilegalmente por oficiales de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP) al llegar al aeropuerto de Dulles, en el estado de Virginia. Luego de detener a la menor, los oficiales de CBP no permitieron que la niña tuviera contacto [...]

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Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

Written by on October 10, 2014 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 5 Comments

In 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), unlawfully detained a 4-year-old girl when she arrived at Dulles Airport in Virginia, deprived her of any contact with her parents, and then sent her back to Guatemala. The girl’s father subsequently filed a lawsuit on his daughter’s [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Two Immigration Cases in New Term

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Two Immigration Cases in New Term

Written by on October 9, 2014 in Supreme Court with 4 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday – often referred to as “First Monday” because by law, the term must begin on the first Monday of October. Although the Court has taken no blockbuster immigration case like 2012’s Arizona v. United States, interpreting state authority to enforce federal immigration laws, the Supreme [...]

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Reports of Sexual Abuse at Family Detention Center Follows History of Abuse Allegations

Reports of Sexual Abuse at Family Detention Center Follows History of Abuse Allegations

Immigrant women held at a Texas family detention facility allege that guards have sexually abused and harassed them, according to a complaint legal groups filed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week. Lawyers say at least three employees at the Karnes County center “are suspected of engaging in harassment and sexual abuse in [...]

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Could New Jersey Be the 12th State to Offer Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants?

Could New Jersey Be the 12th State to Offer Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants?

Driving is a key component of U.S. culture. People drive to work and school, to run errands and to pick up their kids. Part of being integrated in U.S. culture increasingly means having the ability to get to the grocery store, to church, to community functions, and to health clinics—and in most U.S. communities you [...]

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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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