Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

The government often relies on “fast track” deportation methods to bypass due process protections in an effort to more rapidly process asylum seekers who come to the United States seeking humanitarian protection. One such deportation method, expedited removal, disadvantages the most vulnerable non-citizens currently in the United States: women and their children held in detention […]

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Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

After threats of a government shutdown echoed throughout Capitol Hill in early May, Congress finally passed a bill to fund the government through the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Though much of the attention centered on the lack of funding for a border wall and massive detention expansion—there was another aspect to the funding bill […]

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Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

What can the first 100 days of the Trump administration tell us about how immigration will be handled in the next 100 days and beyond? Since his inauguration, President Trump has prioritized making splashy announcements on a range of issues to show his supporters that he can make good on campaign promises. He hit immigration […]

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Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

Written by on May 4, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is preparing to sign SB4, a fiercely-debated bill that will make it a crime for local law enforcement to refuse cooperation with federal immigration officials. Supporters of the new law say they intend to put an end to “sanctuary” cities in Texas, although the federal government and state legislators themselves admit […]

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Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments

The Trump administration continues to stack its deck with key players in the anti-immigrant movement, most recently naming Julie Kirchner as the new Ombudsman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department. Kirchner, the former executive director of one of the nation’s most prominent anti-immigrant groups, will be tasked with improving the quality of immigration […]

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May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

Written by on May 2, 2017 in Business & the Workforce with 0 Comments

In a display of solidarity that united immigration activists, laborers, and business groups, hundreds marched through the hot streets of Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon to commemorate May Day. May Day has been historically reserved to draw attention to the global plight of laborers. However, this year’s events sought to draw attention to the frequently […]

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Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

Congress reached an agreement this week to fund the government through the rest of the Fiscal Year which ends on September 30, 2017. This agreement does not fund many of President Trump’s immigration priorities like the border wall. However, it does provide additional funding for immigration detention and border security measures.

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DACA Beneficiaries Pay Billions in Taxes

DACA Beneficiaries Pay Billions in Taxes

Written by on April 28, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Economics, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments

The fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has left 1.3 million undocumented immigrant youth in limbo. President Trump has assured DACA recipients that they can “rest easy,” but his administration has simultaneously detained and/or deported a handful of them. In addition to the moral conundrum this nation and the Trump administration […]

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DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

In the latest judiciary blow to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, a U.S. District Court Judge blocked the president’s plans to deny funding to jurisdictions deemed uncooperative on federal immigration enforcement. The administration had hoped to end so-called “sanctuary cities” by forcing them into compliance with federal law. However, these cities already comply with federal […]

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