Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Although Congressional Republicans will not take control of both chambers of Congress until next year, the new power structure is leading to more aggressive attacks against President Obama’s plan for executive action.  President Obama has said he will offer a temporary fix to help some undocumented immigrants remain in the U.S. while they wait for […]

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How Immigrants Contribute to the U.S. Military

How Immigrants Contribute to the U.S. Military

Written by on November 11, 2014 in Military, USCIS with 1 Comment

Just as immigrants have roots in communities across the country, they are also found throughout the ranks of the U.S. military, fighting on the front lines and shaping policy in the Pentagon. The importance of the myriad roles that immigrants play in the armed forces has only increased since 9/11. In recognition of their service, […]

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Some Schools Need Reminding of their Obligation to Educate All Children

Some Schools Need Reminding of their Obligation to Educate All Children

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Children, Department of Justice, Students with 3 Comments

In the past year, more than 50,000 children have fled violence and persecution from Central America and Mexico and have crossed into the U.S. seeking protection. Most of them have been reunited with family members in America as they await their immigration court dates. In the meantime, our laws require that they attend school. While […]

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20 Years Later, California Still Feels Effects of Anti-Immigrant Measure

20 Years Later, California Still Feels Effects of Anti-Immigrant Measure

Written by on November 7, 2014 in State and Local Immigration Law with 2 Comments

Saturday marks 20 years since 59 percent of Californians voted for a measure designed to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants in the state, a policy that backfired and led to a massive political shift. The measure was Proposition 187, part of 1994’s “Save Our State” initiative, and its repercussions are still being felt today. […]

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Third Federal Court Rejects Government Interpretation of ‘Admission’ into U.S.

Third Federal Court Rejects Government Interpretation of ‘Admission’ into U.S.

Written by on November 6, 2014 in Courts, Immigration Law with 1 Comment

This week, the federal district court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted Melvin Medina—a Honduran citizen who entered the United States without inspection on October 9, 1992—Temporary Protected Status (TPS), it “inspected and admitted” him for purposes of adjustment of status. This is now the […]

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After Election, Attention Turns to President Obama’s Immigration Plans

After Election, Attention Turns to President Obama’s Immigration Plans

After last night’s midterm elections, Republicans will control both the House and Senate for the last two years of President Obama’s administration. The GOP won Senate seats in at least seven states to give them a majority, and the party held onto its control of the House. That Republicans would control both chambers was to […]

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Immigrant Mothers Fast at White House to Remind Obama of His Promise to Act

Immigrant Mothers Fast at White House to Remind Obama of His Promise to Act

President Obama back in September pushed off taking administrative action on immigration until after the midterm elections were over. “The president believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections,” a White House official said at the time. Now […]

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Why Individual Votes Matter in Tomorrow’s Election

Why Individual Votes Matter in Tomorrow’s Election

Written by on November 3, 2014 in Elections with 0 Comments

The actress Scarlett Johansson, among many others, has been filling my inbox with reminders to vote tomorrow. Everyone I know, in fact, has complained that they are inundated with email messages, flyers, phone calls and more. As one frustrated voter in Aurora, Colorado told a canvasser, “My phone won’t stop ringing. I remember.” But many […]

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With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Deportation, Faith, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments

Immigration reform legislation remains stalled in Congress, and the Obama administration has yet to announce what executive actions the president will take on immigration after the election. In response to the lack of reform, churches across the country are sheltering undocumented immigrants who face imminent deportation by providing them with sanctuary. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is […]

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Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Employment, Myths with 2 Comments

An old myth about African Americans and immigrants resurfaced on Monday thanks to a series of over-reactions to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procurement order. In the complicated world of government procurement, the government has to plan for purchases far in advance, even if it ultimately doesn’t purchase everything on its list.  Consequently, […]

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