District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents

District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents

Written by on June 13, 2014 in Courts with 3 Comments

When a massive earthquake leveled much of Haiti, and when civil war broke out in Syria, the U.S. government did not blindly send Haitians and Syrians home to near-certain death. Instead, the government did the humane thing and offered safe haven to nationals of those countries who were here when disaster struck. Though rare, this [...]

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Migrant Children Flee Violence in Home Countries

Migrant Children Flee Violence in Home Countries

Written by on June 12, 2014 in Children, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments

The U.S. is experiencing a growing humanitarian crisis as thousands of children arrive at our southern border after making the harrowing journey from Central America and Mexico to the north. The number on unaccompanied minors arriving has risen at a concerning rate in the past few years and data shows us that the “push” factors [...]

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What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Elections, Rhetoric with 1 Comment

Within minutes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic primary defeat to an obscure Tea Party candidate on Tuesday, political strategists and media pundits began to weigh the role immigration reform played in his loss. Some even began to sound the death knell for immigration legislation this year. To determine whether Cantor won or lost [...]

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Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

Shake up at Customs and Border Protection Continues

Written by on June 10, 2014 in Border, Customs and Border Protection, Due Process with 1 Comment

News outlets are reporting the removal of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) head of internal affairs, James Tomscheck—who has been temporarily replaced by a director of inspections from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This was a follow-up to last week’s release of the enforcement agency’s new use-of-force policy and a critical review of the agency [...]

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SCOTUS Decides Immigrants Can “Age-Out” of Visa Petitions

SCOTUS Decides Immigrants Can “Age-Out” of Visa Petitions

Written by on June 9, 2014 in Children, Courts, Family, Supreme Court with 7 Comments

In Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, a heavily-divided Supreme Court ruled against thousands of aspiring young immigrants who were included on their parents’ visa petitions as minors, but who turned 21—known as “aging-out”—before visas became available. Aging-out is tantamount to someone losing his place in the visa line with his parents; the majority ruled that [...]

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USCIS Anuncia Procedimiento para Renovación de DACA

USCIS Anuncia Procedimiento para Renovación de DACA

En el día de ayer el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) anunció los términos del proceso para la renovación de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). Mediante la renovación de DACA, aquellos individuos que actualmente ya cuentan con el beneficio de la Acción Diferida seguirán disfrutando del [...]

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The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period.  In addition, they will continue to have [...]

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Over 100 Cities and Counties Now Riding the Anti-Detainer Wave

Over 100 Cities and Counties Now Riding the Anti-Detainer Wave

There have been four recent federal court decisions ruling that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents cannot require local jurisdictions to detain someone and that local law enforcement can be held liable for holding someone for no reason other than an ICE detainer. ICE detainers are written requests for local jails or other law enforcement [...]

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CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy

CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy

When Jeh Johnson took over as Secretary of Homeland Security, he committed to increased transparency of his law enforcement agencies, thus, building trust between the agencies and the communities in which they operate. Last week, in line with this pledge, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the [...]

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Immigration and Economic Revitalization in America’s Cities

Immigration and Economic Revitalization in America’s Cities

Written by on June 2, 2014 in Business, Economics with 0 Comments

June marks the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, a time to gather and share inspirational stories of how the United States has been fueled by our immigrant tradition. As such, in a June 1 post in Forbes, Carl Schramm describes immigration’s historical role in American cities’ industrial growth, as well as the role immigrants continue [...]

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