DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Written by on July 6, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments

Immigration law imposes a one-year deadline, beginning upon arrival in the United States, within which an asylum seeker must apply for asylum. With very limited exceptions, an individual who misses this deadline becomes ineligible for asylum. Even though the clock is ticking for these asylum seekers, DHS agents and officers do not notify them of […]

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Government Reverses Policy on Using Border Agents as Translators

Government Reverses Policy on Using Border Agents as Translators

Written by on July 5, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 0 Comments

In December 2012, then acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) David Aguilar had announced a policy restricting his agencies’ officers and agents from acting as interpreters for state or local law enforcement agencies—which had become a common practice along the northern and southern borders. However, just last month, current CBP Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske reversed […]

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50 Welcoming Communities Honored at the White House

50 Welcoming Communities Honored at the White House

Written by on July 1, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments

More than 50 U.S. cities and counties were honored at the White House on Thursday, for their work in creating inclusive and welcoming communities that engage in local immigrant integration efforts. The localities honored are part of the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign—a partnership among The White House Task Force on New Americans, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

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Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

Written by on June 30, 2016 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments

A judge in Arizona unsealed photographs central to ongoing litigation challenging deplorable and unconstitutional conditions in Border Patrol’s short-term detention facilities in the Tucson Sector. The never-before-seen-photos show the inside of facilities known as “hieleras” or ice-boxes—a term coined by those held in the frigid concrete cells. The underlying case is Jane Doe, et al. […]

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Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Over the years, more and more economists have come to the conclusion that immigrant workers “complement” the native-born majority of the labor force by bringing different sets of skills and different demographic profiles with them, both of which enhance and expand the economy as a whole. Immigration restrictionists, in defiance of this growing body of […]

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Thousands of Children Now Covered in Access to Counsel Lawsuit

Thousands of Children Now Covered in Access to Counsel Lawsuit

Written by on June 28, 2016 in Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments

Last week, a federal court certified a class in a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s failure to provide legal representation to children in deportation proceedings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class. This lawsuit, F.L.B. v. Lynch, was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle. It charges the Departments of Justice, Homeland […]

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Most Americans Reject Trump’s Nativist Agenda

Most Americans Reject Trump’s Nativist Agenda

Written by on June 27, 2016 in Elections, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump may claim to speak in the name of the “American people,” but the fact is that most Americans continue to reject his nativist rhetoric of fear and hate. This is apparent from the results of a survey conducted by the Brookings Institution and Public Religion Research Institute between April 4 […]

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This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

The American Immigration Council’s 19th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest winner is Eliana Jaffee from the Pardes Jewish School in Scottsdale, Arizona. The contest gives fifth graders the opportunity to learn more about immigration to the U.S. and explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).  This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand.  The ruling does not impact the original […]

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Comparing the House and Senate Plans to Fund Immigration Agencies

Comparing the House and Senate Plans to Fund Immigration Agencies

Written by on June 22, 2016 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments

The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled and passed out of committee their budgets for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which begins on October 1, 2016. Although the House and Senate have proposed funding some of the requests made by the President in his FY 2017 proposed budget, they did […]

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