Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself

Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself

Written by on May 30, 2014 in Courts, Deportation, Due Process with 0 Comments

U.S. immigration laws provide only minimal due process protections for even the most vulnerable immigrants facing deportation, and in 59 percent of cases, immigrants are forced to navigate the byzantine immigration court system without representation, including many unaccompanied children. Many do not speak English, nor do they understand the laws that the courts use to [...]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more [...]

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Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations

Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations

Written by on May 28, 2014 in Administration, Deportation with 0 Comments

A string of new reports and analysis have resulted in competing story lines around the deportation numbers. The question of whether current policies are indiscriminate and inhumane, or whether the Obama administration is ignoring the law and “can’t be trusted” are dominating the politics around the immigration debate today. However, a debate focused exclusively on [...]

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The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll

The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll

The injustice of the U.S. deportation machine is apparent in many ways. There are the senseless deportations of people whose worst offense was a traffic ticket. There is the tearing apart of families as wives are separated from husbands, children from parents—not to mention the impact on communities within which those families live. And there [...]

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Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today

Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today

Each year, roughly 8,000 immigrants join the U.S. military, bringing linguistic skills and cultural diversity that enrich each branch of the Armed Forces. Nearly 65,000 service members have become naturalized U.S. citizens since September 2001, but there are still limits that prevent young immigrants who want to serve from doing so. In addition, there are [...]

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Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

Written by on May 22, 2014 in Business, Economics, Myths with 0 Comments

The debate around whether there exists a scarcity of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workers is heating up once again. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a new report claiming there is not, in fact, a STEM worker “shortage” in the U.S., and therefore no need to invite in high-skilled foreign-born workers. The [...]

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Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Written by on May 20, 2014 in Elections, Voting with 0 Comments

Young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children—often referred to as DREAMers—have grown up here, gone to school here, and formed deep roots in local communities. And while their immigration status prevents them from voting or even accessing affordable higher education in some states, DREAMers are civically active in pushing for reforms [...]

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Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

Written by on May 19, 2014 in Administration, Family, Health Care, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

By Jenny Rejeske, Health Policy Analyst at the National Immigration Law Center In the fall, Jirayut Latthivongskorn—known as “New” to friends and family—will make history. He’ll get one step closer to achieving his educational dreams by becoming the first DACAmented student at the renowned University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. Even as New learns [...]

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Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

As a growing number of states and counties end or limit their cooperation with immigration detainers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he is taking a “fresh look” at Secure Communities, a program that started in 2008 that allows local law enforcement to share fingerprints of people booked in jails with federal immigration [...]

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Immigration Courts’ Computer Malfunction Slows an Already Crowded System

Immigration Courts’ Computer Malfunction Slows an Already Crowded System

For more than a month, the computer system that manages federal immigration court cases has been down due to a massive malfunction. According to a notice on the website for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees immigration courts, “A hardware failure has resulted in the agency’s inability to perform some functions related [...]

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