Federal Court Strikes Down Immigration Detainers

Federal Court Strikes Down Immigration Detainers

In a decision late last week, the federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois invalidated the practice of issuing immigration detainers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The court found that detainers violate federal law because they exceed the government’s warrantless arrest authority and made it clear that federal immigration authorities will […]

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How the Vice Presidential Candidates Responded to Immigration Issues at the Debate

How the Vice Presidential Candidates Responded to Immigration Issues at the Debate

Written by on October 5, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Reform with 0 Comments

During last night’s vice presidential debate, candidates U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence engaged in a heated exchange on immigration. Kaine reiterated his running mate Hillary Clinton’s stated policy positions, while Pence attempted to soften Donald Trump’s many radical anti-immigrant statements. Debate moderator Elaine Quijano turned to immigration by noting that Trump […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Rehear Executive Action on Immigration — What’s Next?

Supreme Court Won’t Rehear Executive Action on Immigration — What’s Next?

This week, the United States Supreme Court declined to rehear arguments 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 district court’s preliminary injunction against these initiatives remains […]

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How Investing in Immigrants Leads to a Tax Surplus for States

How Investing in Immigrants Leads to a Tax Surplus for States

Written by on October 3, 2016 in Economics, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments

While the federal government is responsible for admitting immigrants to the U.S., immigrants live in states and local communities. And at the local level, immigrants are our neighbors, coworkers, and classmates, in addition to being taxpayers and consumers. They contribute to local and state economies and have a fiscal impact at the state and local […]

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California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

Written by on September 30, 2016 in Enforcement, State by State with 0 Comments

California continues to lead the way on integrating its large immigrant community and protecting immigrants from the extreme consequences of federal immigration laws. On September 28, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed three bills into law that will restore some fairness to a system that is overly punitive towards immigrants who have been touched […]

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Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

In 2014, a legal challenge was mounted against the federal government for its failure to provide legal representation to indigent children in deportation proceedings. The case, F.L.B.. v. Lynch was brought by the American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP. Despite some victories over […]

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Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

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

Nationally, only 37 percent of all immigrants had legal representation, and only 14 percent of immigrants in detention had a lawyer. In a paper issued today, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court, Ingrid Eagly and Steven Shafer analyzed 1.2 million individual removal cases in immigration court between fiscal years 2007 and 2012. The report finds that […]

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Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

After six years of challenges, including a trip to the Supreme Court, the legal battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 has come to an end—for now. The law faced a wave of opposition soon after going into effect in April 2010. In May 2010 civil and immigrant rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

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Investing in the Children of Immigrants is Critical for American Economy

Investing in the Children of Immigrants is Critical for American Economy

Written by on September 26, 2016 in Economics, Immigration 101, Integration, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments

Immigrants make many contributions to the U.S. economy through their labor power, purchasing power, tax payments, business formation and scientific innovation. Some of these contributions are captured in traditional cost-benefit analyses; others are not. But one of their most valuable economic contributions comes in the form of their native-born children. These children—the immigrant “second generation”—tend […]

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After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will step up the deportation of Haitian nationals following a recent uptick in their number of arrivals at the San Ysidro Port of Entry by San Diego. Deportations of Haitians had been scaled back significantly following a massive 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti in […]

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