Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 [...]

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New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

Written by on September 4, 2014 in Administration, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments

As the Obama administration continues its deliberations over what sorts of executive actions the President might take to begin repairing the broken U.S. immigration system, it would be wise to keep in mind just how much a part of U.S. society the unauthorized immigrant population has become. At this point, most unauthorized immigrants belong to [...]

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136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

Written by on September 3, 2014 in President Obama with 5 Comments

After immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” A chorus of legal experts and columnists agreed that he’d be on solid ground if he did. The President has discussed deferring deportations for up to 5 million [...]

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Landmark Decision on Asylum Claims Recognizes Domestic Violence Victims

Landmark Decision on Asylum Claims Recognizes Domestic Violence Victims

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Immigration Law with 2 Comments

Last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a landmark decision that recognizes that women who have experienced domestic violence may be deemed a “member of a particular social group” which would help support a potential asylum case. The case, Matter of A-R-C-G-, arrives at a time when many Central American women and children [...]

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Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

Written by on August 29, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment

International students enrich U.S. colleges and universities, but “only recently, however, have local leaders begun to appreciate that students from fast-growing foreign economies can also be important anchors in building global connections between their hometowns abroad and their U.S. metropolitan destinations,” said Neil Ruiz, author of a new report released today by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy [...]

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Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments

Local officials are recognizing that immigration can play a role in their broader growth and development strategies. As Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) explains, immigration can be an economic windfall for their communities through more jobs and growth. But these benefits are not automatic nor are they evenly accrued. Policymakers at all [...]

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Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia

Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia

Written by on August 27, 2014 in Deportation, Detention, Due Process with 1 Comment

The lawsuit filed last week by the American Immigration Council, the ACLU, the National Immigration Project, and the National Immigration Law Center challenging government deportation policies at the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, has shined a light on the deprivation of due process occurring there daily. On Tuesday, the New York Times called [...]

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The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on August 26, 2014 in Administration, Prosecutorial Discretion with 1 Comment

Comprehensive immigration reform legislation would give a majority of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and work authorization. But with immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” The President is reportedly [...]

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States and Counties Continue to Create Policies that Integrate Immigrants and Boost Communities

States and Counties Continue to Create Policies that Integrate Immigrants and Boost Communities

Before Congress left for August recess, members failed to pass a supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of managing the influx of unaccompanied minors and families at the southern border. Most have given up on hoping the House of Representatives will take up comprehensive immigration reform after House leaders declined to bring up any [...]

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Why Groups Are Suing the Government over Rushed Deportation Process for Mothers and Children

Why Groups Are Suing the Government over Rushed Deportation Process for Mothers and Children

Written by on August 22, 2014 in Deportation, Due Process, Family with 0 Comments

As families from Central America flee violence and persecution to seek refuge in the United States, hundreds of mothers and their children apprehended after crossing the border have been locked up at an isolated detention center in Artesia, New Mexico—hours from the nearest major metropolitan area. Two hundred and eighty women and children have been [...]

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