Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments

As any serious national security expert will tell you, trying to find a potential terrorist by treating all immigrants or Muslims as security risks is far too vague to be effective. Accurate intelligence and effective information-sharing across agencies is the key to national security—not profiling. Yet in a bombastic August 15 speech, Republican presidential nominee […]

Continue Reading

Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Refugee Status with 0 Comments

In protest of their families’ ongoing and prolonged detention in the Berks County Residential Center, a group of mothers began a hunger strike on Monday, August 8. They penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explaining why: We left our homes in Central America to escape corruption, threats, and violence. We […]

Continue Reading

DACA Still Has Room for Many Potentially Eligible Young Adults

DACA Still Has Room for Many Potentially Eligible Young Adults

Written by on August 12, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action with 0 Comments

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative was first implemented back in August 2012, it has positively changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals in the United States. According to the most recent official statistics, as of March 2016, 820,000 individuals have applied for DACA, and 728,285 have received it. […]

Continue Reading

Government Sued For Withholding Records on Immigration Raids

Government Sued For Withholding Records on Immigration Raids

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing to defend the controversial “Operation Border Guardian” program that took more than 100 Central American women and children from their homes in two days of immigration raids last January. According to a lawsuit filed this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the law firm […]

Continue Reading

Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Written by on August 10, 2016 in Asylum, Detention with 0 Comments

Human Rights First (HRF) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) each released reports this month detailing the flawed treatment of asylum seekers in the United States. The USCIRF report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s overall process for asylum seekers, […]

Continue Reading

Court Rejects Government Attempt to Redact Names of Immigration Judges

Court Rejects Government Attempt to Redact Names of Immigration Judges

This summer, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in its lawsuit seeking the disclosure of unredacted versions of complaints filed against immigration judges. To date, the government has refused to turn over the names, locations, and genders of immigration judges against whom complaints […]

Continue Reading

Court Rules that Individuals Seeking Protection Must Have Bond Hearing

Court Rules that Individuals Seeking Protection Must Have Bond Hearing

Written by on August 8, 2016 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued an important decision in July recognizing certain noncitizens’ right to a bond hearing before an immigration judge. It was a victory not only for the petitioner, a Guatemalan man seeking protection in the United States, but also will likely have a far-reaching impact on thousands […]

Continue Reading

Team USA Includes These Immigrants and Foreign-Born Athletes Competing for Gold

Team USA Includes These Immigrants and Foreign-Born Athletes Competing for Gold

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments

As the Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. is well-represented by its citizens – both native and foreign born. Forty-seven of those competing on Team USA were born outside of the country. Some like basketball star Kyrie Irving, Boyd Martin who competes in equestrian, rugby player Madison Hughes, and water polo player […]

Continue Reading

Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are approximately 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. Among them are world class athletes who dream of competing in the Olympics, but  have been displaced from their homes and had their training  disrupted. Many are unable to obtain citizenship and compete for their […]

Continue Reading

How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

Written by on August 4, 2016 in Economics, State by State, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments

The economic and political impact of immigration is often discussed at the national level. This makes sense, especially since immigration is a nationwide issue and a federal responsibility. Yet this national focus often obscures the effects of immigration within particular states. Perhaps the most systematic and comprehensive effort so far to direct public attention to […]

Continue Reading

Top