Texas Judge Places Preliminary Hold on President’s Deferred Action Initiatives, Government Likely to Counter

Texas Judge Places Preliminary Hold on President’s Deferred Action Initiatives, Government Likely to Counter

A Texas Judge has placed a preliminary hold on the two initiatives announced by President Obama last November that would expand the two-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). These two programs would provide temporary relief from deportation to approximately 5 million […]

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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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How Leveraging Immigrants’ Skills Could Further Boost U.S. Economy

How Leveraging Immigrants’ Skills Could Further Boost U.S. Economy

Now is certainly a good time to think about ways in which to realize the full potential of the immigrant workforce. There are more than 26 million foreign-born workers in the United States, and just over 8 million of them are unauthorized. Two-thirds of all unauthorized immigrants have lived here for at least 15 years. […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

The anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a report last week alleging a “huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) seized upon it to demand a “full investigation.” Yet the issuance of work permits is not new, huge, or unlawful. In fact, the report merely […]

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Government Releases Information About Expanded DACA Application Process

Government Releases Information About Expanded DACA Application Process

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Executive Action, News Flash, USCIS with 0 Comments

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released resources to help applicants understand the process for requesting Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The USCIS website now contains a list of frequently asked questions to address who is eligible and how the process works as well as instructions for how to fill out the form to apply. USCIS will […]

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Pope Should Remind Congress That Values Matter in Immigration Debate

Pope Should Remind Congress That Values Matter in Immigration Debate

Written by on February 10, 2015 in Congress, Faith with 0 Comments

House Speaker John Boehner recently announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress during his first visit to the U.S. later this year. While we do not know if the Pope will share his views on U.S. immigration policy, if he does, it won’t be the first time […]

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New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family, USCIS with 1 Comment

The New York Times details the government’s dangerous and expanding practice of detaining women and children who have recently crossed our southwest border in the magazine’s cover story this weekend “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps.” The facility the Times describes in Artesia, New Mexico, has since been shuttered, but the newly opened Dilley […]

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Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings

Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings

Written by on February 6, 2015 in Children, Courts, Deportation, Immigration Law with 5 Comments

Since the government began “prioritizing” the deportation of unaccompanied children and mothers with children last summer, legal service providers and other court observers across the country have reported that immigration judges are giving children less time to find attorneys before moving forward in their cases. Now, children without attorneys are being forced to explain why, […]

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Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

Written by on February 5, 2015 in Deferred Action, Economics, Executive Action, Hearings with 9 Comments

The Senate Homeland Security committee on Wednesday held its first hearing about President Obama’s immigration executive actions. The hearing and the witnesses testifying focused on the “implications and unanswered questions” about the deportation relief offered to some undocumented immigrants included in the president’s actions. First, the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary, Stephen C. Goss, provided testimony […]

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White House Proposes Plan to Address Causes of Children Fleeing Central America

White House Proposes Plan to Address Causes of Children Fleeing Central America

Written by on February 4, 2015 in Children, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment

President Obama requested $1 billion in his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal to address the root causes of unaccompanied children fleeing to the United States. Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan for these funds in a New York Times op-ed, saying that “[a]s we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed […]

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