Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Border, Children, Hearings with 0 Comments

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Administration’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to address the humanitarian situation as children and families flee violence in Central America. While the committee nominally addressed only the funding request, the president’s stated intention to ask for more “discretion in processing” children also was a [...]

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The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

Written by on July 10, 2014 in Border, Children with 0 Comments

What is our obligation as a country to the unaccompanied child migrants at our border? This seemingly straightforward question is frequently lost among the political debate surrounding the humanitarian challenge at our southern border. In a recent Senate homeland security committee hearing, several senators focused only on how to deter the child migrants. Sen. Johnson [...]

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Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of All Children Facing Deportation

Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of All Children Facing Deportation

The thousands of children fleeing violence and persecution and seeking refuge in the United States have brought to the forefront the issue of how our immigration system deals with children. The current system subjects kids to the same deportation laws as adults. They are ordered to appear in immigration court, where they face off against [...]

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America’s Past Treatment of Central Americans Serves as Cautionary Tale

America’s Past Treatment of Central Americans Serves as Cautionary Tale

Written by on July 8, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments

The Obama administration has put forth a plan on how to respond to the thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the administration plans to take a hard-line approach that is focused on deporting the vast majority of the children and families [...]

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How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

The Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Congress must approve the funding that, according to news reports, would speed up removal proceedings to decide if the children can stay in the U.S. or if they will be sent back to Central [...]

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Nativist Group Cherry Picks Data to Show False Decline in Central American Deportations

Nativist Group Cherry Picks Data to Show False Decline in Central American Deportations

Written by on July 7, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

The nativist Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) recently issued a report titled, “Records Reveal Few Central Americans Deported,” to support their arguments to detain and deport more Central American children. The report centers on a comparison that, according to CIS, shows a 40 percent decline in deportations to Northern Triangle countries, while in reality, deportations [...]

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Remembering the Promise and Power of the American Dream on Independence Day

Remembering the Promise and Power of the American Dream on Independence Day

Written by on July 3, 2014 in Integration with 1 Comment

More than 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers declared our nation’s independence from England, and ever since, men and women from around the world have sworn to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America” as they become U.S. citizens. The Fourth of July is our annual opportunity to not [...]

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Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

Written by on July 2, 2014 in President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments

This week, President Obama concluded that the House would not act on immigration reform this year, leading him to announce that he would use his executive authority to fix what he could of the immigration system on his own. This is a welcome decision, although details of his plans are unlikely to unfold until later [...]

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New Report Helps Explain Why Central American Children Are Leaving Their Home Countries

New Report Helps Explain Why Central American Children Are Leaving Their Home Countries

Ever since President Barack Obama described the record number of minors traveling alone and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as an “urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated Federal response,” the debate about how to address the unaccompanied migrant children has become increasingly heated, especially about the reasons leading them to come here. News reports [...]

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Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

Effort to Quickly Deport Child Migrants Fails to Address the Problem

The White House informed Congress Monday that it would seek additional funding for an aggressive border enforcement strategy designed to thwart the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors and families crossing the southwestern border, to expend more resources on fighting traffickers and drug smugglers, and to work closely with Mexico and Central American countries to end [...]

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