Two People Died in Immigration Detention This Week

Two People Died in Immigration Detention This Week

Written by on May 4, 2016 in Abuses, Enforcement with 0 Comments

For more than a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been criticized for the inadequate medical care available in its detention facilities, which has had deadly repercussions. This week, two more people died while in ICE custody—Jose Leonardo Lemus Rajo, 23, of El Salvador and Igor Zyazin, 46, of Russia. Rajo, who was in […]

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Celebrate National Small Business Week With These Facts About Immigrant Economic Contributions

Celebrate National Small Business Week With These Facts About Immigrant Economic Contributions

Written by on May 3, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments

This week is National Small Business Week, which recognizes “the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.” This provides a special opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs and immigrant-owned small businesses. Here are five facts that illustrate the tremendous benefits immigrant businesses bring to our […]

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What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake

What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake

Last week, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016, which would establish a 10-year guest worker pilot program. According to Flake, the bill offers new thinking on how to bridge the gap between existing temporary worker programs for seasonal workers and the H-1B program for highly-skilled immigrants. Flake’s […]

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Sorry Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

Sorry Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

Written by on April 29, 2016 in Elections, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments

Donald Trump opened a political rally in Southern California last night by sharing the stage with activists who have lost loved ones at the hands of immigrants in the U.S. without legal status. While no one can minimize the pain associated with losing a family member, Trump’s motive behind placing these families at center stage […]

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New U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines on Immigration Are a Mixed Bag

New U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines on Immigration Are a Mixed Bag

Written by on April 28, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

Earlier this month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted to change the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which in some cases will lead to increased sentences for those convicted of “Unlawfully Entering or Remaining in the United States” or “Smuggling, Transporting, or Harboring an Unlawful Alien.” However, the USSC did not adopt all of their initially proposed […]

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Texas’ Distorted View of the Legal Basis for DAPA and Expanded DACA

Texas’ Distorted View of the Legal Basis for DAPA and Expanded DACA

Written by on April 27, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment

On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, a case brought by 26 states to challenge President Obama’s deferred action initiatives, known as expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). While the arguments focused largely […]

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New Data Sheds Light on Sprawling, Often For-Profit, Immigration Detention System

New Data Sheds Light on Sprawling, Often For-Profit, Immigration Detention System

Written by on April 26, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments

It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling and labyrinthine the U.S. immigration detention system truly is. But this is an important fact to keep in mind. Due to the sheer size and complexity of the detention system, detainees are easily “lost” to their family members and attorneys. At any time, with no […]

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GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments

After each of the last few national elections, Republican strategists prognosticated that despite their low support among Latino voters, the Republican Party could begin to win them over by talking to them about kitchen-table issues like the economy and job creation. However, they also warned that if the party didn’t find new rhetoric and begin […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments

The latest figures show that the number of cases pending in immigration court continue to grow. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there were 486,206 cases in the backlog as of the end of March. This is almost 30,000 more pending cases than Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Juan Osuna reported […]

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What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas?

What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas?

The oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas are now complete and dozens of news articles and analyses have attempted to predict what the Court will decide. However, all that truly matters is the final decision rendered by the eight sitting Justices. This begs the questions of when and how do the Justices render a decision […]

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