Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Elections, Republicans with 0 Comments

This week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) became the latest candidate to announce his 2016 presidential bid, which he did from the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida. Known as the Ellis Island of the South, Freedom Tower served Cuban refugees seeking political asylum from 1962-1974 and his presence there sought to highlight his immigrant roots, his […]

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Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured

Why Immigration Enforcement Effectiveness Should Be Measured

Written by on April 16, 2015 in Border, Department of Homeland Security with 0 Comments

For decades, the United States has been pursuing an “enforcement-first” approach to immigration control, spending more on immigration enforcement than all other law enforcement combined, but failing to address our dysfunctional immigration system. A new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC’s) Immigration Task Force, called “Measuring the Metrics: Grading the Government on Immigration Enforcement,” […]

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ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

On Tuesday, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña, responsible for immigration enforcement inside the United States, testified for the first time to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. Saldaña defended ICE’s implementation of its new enforcement priorities, promised to convince local jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE, and received sharp questioning regarding […]

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Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Nativists, Republicans, Rhetoric with 3 Comments

Nativist ideology is filled with falsehoods, half-truths, and distortions. From the impact of immigrants on the economy to the pace of their integration into U.S. society, the nativist creed more often than not gets it wrong. For example, consider the current chairman of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). In an opinion piece […]

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Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Launch Offers No Insight on Immigration Views

Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Launch Offers No Insight on Immigration Views

Written by on April 13, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments

Hillary Clinton officially declared on Sunday that she will seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination for a second time. The announcement was made through a video where Clinton said, “everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion.” But it remains unclear if Clinton will be a champion for millions of immigrant […]

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How Families Are Kept Apart by Current Immigration Laws

How Families Are Kept Apart by Current Immigration Laws

Written by on April 10, 2015 in Family with 3 Comments

Family reunification has stood as a central pillar of the U.S. immigration system, dating back to 1965. Despite this, a new study by researchers Maria Enchautegui and Cecilia Menjivar shows that current immigration laws actually work to keep many families apart. Not surprisingly, the authors’ analysis reveals that immigrant households have a “high incidence of persons […]

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Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Written by on April 9, 2015 in Elections, Republicans with 4 Comments

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has entered the 2016 presidential race with the campaign slogan “defeat the Washington machine.” Yet his views and past legislative actions on immigration show that he is more likely to maintain the status quo of leaving reform in limbo rather than push forward meaningful reforms that harness the skills and talents […]

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The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About

The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Courts, Deferred Action, Executive Action with 9 Comments

Yesterday, in Crane v. Johnson, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (the same court deciding whether or not to keep in place the preliminary injunction blocking the President’s executive actions) unanimously dismissed a lawsuit challenging the original 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The court held that the plaintiffs in the case–the State […]

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H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 7, 2015 in News Flash, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that USCIS reached the “H-1B cap” for fiscal year 2016—meaning that in seven days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H1-B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled […]

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Leaders From Across U.S. Urge Court to End Injunction in Immigration Action Case

Leaders From Across U.S. Urge Court to End Injunction in Immigration Action Case

Written by on April 6, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 1 Comment

Multiple legal briefs are being filed today in support of ending the injunction against the Obama Administration’s expansion of deferred action. On February 16, 2015, a Texas federal judge issued a preliminarily injunction against the implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent […]

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