Democratic Candidates Promise Not to Deport Children or Immigrants Without Criminal Records at Univision Debate

Democratic Candidates Promise Not to Deport Children or Immigrants Without Criminal Records at Univision Debate

Written by on March 10, 2016 in Elections, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment

While many of the recent Presidential debates have uncovered little new thinking or policy positions on immigration, last night’s Univision-sponsored debate at Miami-Dade College in Southern Florida was different. The Univision hosts pressed both candidates on the issue of immigration, which allowed both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to make more definitive statements about what […]

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Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Over the past week, several media outlets reported that Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Jack Weil claimed that he could teach immigration law to three- and four-year-old children such that the children could represent themselves in immigration court. Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that the U.S. Department of Justice is “looking at various ways […]

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Hundreds of Groups Weigh in on Immigration Case Headed to Supreme Court

Hundreds of Groups Weigh in on Immigration Case Headed to Supreme Court

A diverse coalition of 326 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in United States v. Texas, urging the court to lift the injunction that has blocked the deferred action initiatives that President Obama announced in November 2014. In the brief—filed by the […]

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Medical Dysfunction at ICE Detention Facilities

Medical Dysfunction at ICE Detention Facilities

Written by on March 7, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments

There is no shortage of stories about immigrants dying from inadequate medical care while in detention centers operated or overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Take the case of Pablo Gracida-Conte, a 54-year-old Mexican man who died of cardiomyopathy in October 2011 in a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, after being transferred from the […]

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Who Would Benefit from DAPA?

Who Would Benefit from DAPA?

Written by on March 4, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Demographics, Executive Action with 0 Comments

Within the next few months, the Supreme Court will determine whether the President’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014—namely, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—constitute a lawful exercise of executive discretion. That decision will both directly and indirectly affect the lives […]

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Obama Administration Files Brief in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

Obama Administration Files Brief in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

This week, the Obama Administration filed its brief with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, the case where Texas and 25 other states are challenging the President’s executive action on expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The brief sets forth […]

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Nativists Line Up in Support of Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Nativists Line Up in Support of Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Written by on March 2, 2016 in Elections, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

If one is judged by the company one keeps, then Donald Trump needs some new friends. The now-undisputed frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary campaign has been receiving endorsements from a rogue’s gallery of nativists. Not surprisingly, Trump and his buddies fail to offer any constructive, realistic, or humane means of fixing the myriad problems […]

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New U.S.-Mexico Repatriation Agreements Seek to Protect Returning Migrants

New U.S.-Mexico Repatriation Agreements Seek to Protect Returning Migrants

Written by on March 1, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

Mexican migrants no longer being deported back to Mexico in the middle of the night is one important feature in new Local Repatriation Agreements finalized between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Mexican Government last month at the annual Repatriation Strategy and Policy Executive Coordination Team (RESPECT) meeting. In all, there are nine […]

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How States Are Shaping the Opportunities for Those Who Are DACAmented

How States Are Shaping the Opportunities for Those Who Are DACAmented

Written by on February 29, 2016 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA with 0 Comments

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program 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 September 2015, almost 700,000 individuals received DACA. Today, the American Immigration Council released […]

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Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Although the longstanding Flores settlement guarantees minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children in immigration detention, the Government’s family detention practices have failed to comply with the settlement. Plaintiffs brought suit to enforce […]

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