Undocumented Population Continues to Decline in the U.S.

Undocumented Population Continues to Decline in the U.S.

Written by on January 25, 2016 in Demographics, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment

Despite significant job growth and an economic recovery over the last few years, the undocumented population in the United States has continued to decline. According to a new report by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) released last week the undocumented population has decreased every year from 2009 to 2014, falling below 11 million for […]

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Xenophobic Immigration Policy Would Wreck the U.S. Economy

Xenophobic Immigration Policy Would Wreck the U.S. Economy

Written by on January 22, 2016 in Economics, Elections, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments

The GOP candidates for President are falling over one another to demonstrate who would be the “toughest” on immigrants and who would finally make U.S. borders “secure.” Leading the way is Donald Trump, who issued shrill declarations during the January 14 GOP debate that “We have no borders” and “Illegal immigration is beyond belief”—all of […]

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The Long Road to Biometric Entry Exit

The Long Road to Biometric Entry Exit

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Border, Visas with 1 Comment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report this week detailing visa overstays in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, estimating approximately 415,000 individuals overstayed their visa in the past year. The report was referenced heavily in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing this week, which focused on the failure […]

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What’s Next in the Supreme Court Case on Expanded DACA and DAPA?

What’s Next in the Supreme Court Case on Expanded DACA and DAPA?

Written by on January 20, 2016 in Executive Action, Supreme Court with 0 Comments

This week, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments in United States v. Texas. The highest court will now determine whether the President’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014, known as expanded DACA and DAPA, constitute a lawful exercise of executive discretion. The Supreme Court’s decision could clear the way for the initiatives […]

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Supreme Court Will Review DACA/DAPA Case

Supreme Court Will Review DACA/DAPA Case

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Executive Action, News Flash, Supreme Court with 2 Comments

Today, the Supreme Court decided to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives—DAPA and expanded DACA. The Court is likely to hear oral arguments in April 2016. We can expect a decision by the end of June 2016. For more information visit our […]

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Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

Written by on January 15, 2016 in Congress with 0 Comments

In December of 2014, President Obama restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba and, for the first time since 1961, opened an embassy in Havana.  Many believe that normalizing relations with Cuba may prompt Congress to change the current laws regarding the treatment of Cuban migrants. Perhaps in anticipation of this happening, over the past year, […]

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U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. children are clearly at a disadvantage if they have at least one undocumented parent. According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released yesterday, of the estimated 5.1 million U.S. children under age 18 currently living with at least one undocumented parent, 79 percent (4.1 million) are U.S. citizens. The population of […]

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Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Courts, Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 0 Comments

A federal court in Tucson, Arizona held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must answer allegations of horrific conditions experienced by individuals in Tucson Sector detention facilities (a.k.a. “hieleras”) along the southern border. In decisions handed down on January 11, the court decided that the case, Doe V. Johnson, may proceed as a class […]

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Local and National Politicos Decry Obama Administration’s Raid Policy

Local and National Politicos Decry Obama Administration’s Raid Policy

Written by on January 12, 2016 in Asylum and Refugee, Enforcement, Raids with 0 Comments

The recent immigration raids that saw 121 individuals rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have created not only a due process crisis, but a powerful political backlash from members of Congress, as well as Presidential candidates who disagree with the policy of aggressively deporting asylum-seekers. The government’s decision to round up Central American families […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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