Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. […]

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What Does the Future Hold for Haitians with TPS? The Trump Administration May Terminate It

What Does the Future Hold for Haitians with TPS? The Trump Administration May Terminate It

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Temporary Protected Status with 0 Comments

Since a massive earthquake ravaged much of Haiti, nationals of the country have been allowed to live and work in the United States under a benefit called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Their status, however, may soon be terminated by the Trump administration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must decide the fate of Haiti’s TPS […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

Written by on April 21, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly stated this week that DHS is not targeting undocumented immigrants simply for being undocumented. Kelly asserted that the department is focusing on people that are undocumented “plus,” categorizing this as an immigrant that has another factor—such as criminal activity—that makes them a priority beyond their undocumented presence […]

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Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Written by on April 20, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment

Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has become increasingly unfocused. Rather than prioritizing the apprehension and removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes, enforcement personnel are now scooping up anyone who is deportable for any reason. This lack of prioritization has translated into a surge in immigration-related arrests across the board. The jump in […]

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Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Executive Action, High Skilled with 0 Comments

On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential executive order on Buy American and Hire American. Similar to the other immigration-related executive orders, this one has no immediate effect. The executive order does not change the existing requirements for any visa category or the processes for approving a petition or application for a particular visa […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Seekers’ Petition for Federal Court Review

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Seekers’ Petition for Federal Court Review

The Supreme Court denied review in Castro v. Department of Homeland Security on Monday, which involves dozens of asylum-seeking mothers and children at risk of deportation. The Central American plaintiffs in the case—28 mothers and their 33 children, many of whom have been detained for over a year—fled north to the United States after escaping […]

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Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Several media outlets have reported that on Tuesday, April 18, President Trump will sign an executive order mandating that the immigration agencies undertake a review of the H-1B visas classification and suggesting that they must take steps to overhaul the process for allocating the limited number available to those employers subject to the annual “cap.” According […]

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Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Written by on April 17, 2017 in Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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Children of Undocumented Parents Tell the Trump Administration: You Won’t Break Up Our Families

Children of Undocumented Parents Tell the Trump Administration: You Won’t Break Up Our Families

Written by on April 14, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

Standing in the shadow of the White House Thursday afternoon, children from around the country gathered to deliver one unified message to President Trump: don’t break our families apart. This heartbreaking plea came from the dozens of American children that spoke at the We Belong Together Kid’s Caravan rally, the final stop of a four-city […]

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ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

After issuing only three weekly declined detainer reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily cease publishing them. Initiated by President Trump’s January executive order on interior enforcement, ICE had begun to release weekly lists of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. These lists—proposed as a means to track which law enforcement agencies had refused ICE’s […]

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