Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Enforcement with 1 Comment

President Trump’s campaign promise to ramp up immigration enforcement and build a beautiful wall along the southern border have found little support on Capitol Hill. As  Congress leaves for spring recess it’s unclear which of the President’s immigration promises they are willing to help him fulfill. Permanent changes to immigration policy have always been up […]

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H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments

U.S. employers are vying for the chance to hire skilled foreign workers, but once again, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within five business days. USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and, on April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal Year […]

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What You Need to Know About ICE’s Arrests at Courthouses

What You Need to Know About ICE’s Arrests at Courthouses

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

According to their own guidance on the subject, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is supposed to practice restraint when it comes to arresting people at “sensitive locations” such as schools, churches, and hospitals—as well as “any organization assisting children, pregnant women, victims of crime or abuse, or individuals with significant mental or physical disabilities.” […]

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Congress Grills Homeland Security Secretary Kelly in Contentious Oversight Hearing

Congress Grills Homeland Security Secretary Kelly in Contentious Oversight Hearing

Written by on April 5, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee this week. During the hearing Secretary Kelly attempted to clarify some of DHS’s controversial positions as they relate to immigration enforcement, extreme vetting, family separation, and the building of a border wall. Secretary Kelly noted early […]

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Failing Prison System Gets New Life—At The Expense of Immigrants and American Taxpayers

Failing Prison System Gets New Life—At The Expense of Immigrants and American Taxpayers

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Detention, Executive Action with 0 Comments

Public and private prisons previously crumbling under financial strains, reduced population numbers, and Obama-era regulations are receiving a boost under the Trump administration, thanks in large part to the president’s promise to fill their beds with undocumented immigrants. In fact, since the president took office, private prison stock has been on the rise. This is […]

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Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Written by on April 3, 2017 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

Increased attention to immigration enforcement in 2017 has propelled the serious issue of children being separated from an undocumented parent into national headlines. The stories of children, including U.S. citizens, being forcibly separated from a parent are sadly multiplying. In March, for example, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica witnessed and recorded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents […]

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Immigrants Could Get a Second Chance in Court If Their Lawyers Give Them Bad Advice

Immigrants Could Get a Second Chance in Court If Their Lawyers Give Them Bad Advice

Immigrants rely heavily on the advice of their lawyers, often times entrusting their entire livelihood on the merits of the counsel. But what happens when a lawyer gives their client bad advice, and that advice becomes the catalyst for their deportation? This is the question the Supreme Court tackled on Tuesday, asking whether an immigrant […]

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It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments

As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies. To begin with, immigrants […]

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Hostility Towards Immigrants Has International Students Looking Beyond the U.S. for Their Education

Hostility Towards Immigrants Has International Students Looking Beyond the U.S. for Their Education

Written by on March 29, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments

Universities hoping to recruit the usual influx of international students are coming up short this year, a signal that the Trump administration’s decidedly anti-immigrant tone and policies are having a global effect on America’s higher education system. According to a report from NBC News, universities across the country are seeing a staggering 40 percent drop […]

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Increased Role of Police in Immigration Enforcement Heightens Need for Suppression of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

Increased Role of Police in Immigration Enforcement Heightens Need for Suppression of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

Written by on March 28, 2017 in Due Process & the Courts, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Under the Trump administration’s recent executive order on interior enforcement, state and local police are being pressured to work closely with immigration officers to carry out sweeping immigration enforcement actions. Advocates fear that this approach will have devastating consequences for immigrant communities and undermine public safety and trust between these communities and police. In addition, […]

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