The Ongoing Mishandling of Migrants’ Possessions by CBP and ICE

The Ongoing Mishandling of Migrants’ Possessions by CBP and ICE

Written by on December 21, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

Each year, tens of thousands of individuals are deported from the United States to Mexico without their personal belongings—including their identifications, money, and cell phones, among other possessions. Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a serious and longstanding problem with handling the personal belongings of detained migrants […]

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Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Written by on December 20, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments

Entire jurisdictions in the United States have become so hostile to asylum seekers and their representatives that the U.S. government, and its immigration court system, is failing to deliver on its international and national obligation to protect them. The asylum-seekers who end up in one of these hostile jurisdictions, which advocates call “asylum-free zones,” face […]

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Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government

Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government

Written by on December 19, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Economics with 0 Comments

In June of 2012, President Obama used his authority to provide protection from deportation and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. In the ensuing four years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has proven enormously successful for the 740,000 individuals who have benefited from the initiative. Removal […]

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DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Written by on December 16, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment

Earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump selected retired General John Kelly to be his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There is not much in the record to indicate Kelly’s views on immigrants and immigration. In February of this year, Kelly retired as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is […]

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Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers

Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers

Written by on December 15, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments

There is significant evidence that immigrants boost the economy, create jobs, and bolster innovation. However, President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to “put American workers first” by restricting immigration. Some Americans who are justifiably concerned about the economy, unemployment, and offshoring mistakenly believe that immigrants are responsible for the country’s economic woes. But […]

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What Was the U.S. Government’s Last Experience With a Muslim Registry?

What Was the U.S. Government’s Last Experience With a Muslim Registry?

Along the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised a special registry and database tracking system for Muslims in the United States. Although his spokesperson later claimed that he “never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion,” President-Elect Trump is currently being advised by the original architects and advocates of […]

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Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments

Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) last week that continues the funding needed to keep the federal government open and running at current levels, but only through April 28, 2017. Previously, the federal government—including many immigration-related agencies and some immigration programs—had only been funded through December 9 by an earlier CR, forcing Congress to act […]

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States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments

With all the focus on what to expect at the national level on immigration under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, it’s easy to overlook the states and localities, which are reacting to the presidential elections and previewing their intentions on immigration. Elections for governor were held in 12 states, with Democrats and Republicans each winning six. […]

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Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

Written by on December 9, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 2 Comments

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill on Friday to temporarily protect individuals eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Senators Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Graham (R-SC), and Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation […]

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Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Economics, High Skilled with 0 Comments

High-skilled new Americans often face obstacles in obtaining jobs appropriate to their skill level. There are many reasons for this. Those who are educated outside the U.S. may fail to have their foreign training recognized by U.S. employers and licensing bureaus. Some lack proficiency in English and race and ethnicity also play a factor. A […]

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