Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Written by on December 3, 2015 in Backlogs, Congress, Courts, Hearings with 1 Comment

Although our nation’s immigration courts currently have record backlogs, there may be some help on the way. That was the message from Juan Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)—a division within the Department of Justice (DOJ) department which houses the immigration courts—at an oversight hearing in the House of Representatives Judiciary […]

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Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Due Process, Enforcement Reform and Family Unification Top Sanders’ Platform

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic nomination for President, recently released his updated and vastly expanded immigration platform. His initial plan was short on detail; however, this newly-released document takes a deeper dive and presents a set of solutions to some of the worst problems plaguing our outdated immigration system.

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Groups Urge Supreme Court to Hear Executive Action Case This Term

Groups Urge Supreme Court to Hear Executive Action Case This Term

Written by on December 1, 2015 in Executive Action, Supreme Court with 1 Comment

Today, a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief, urging the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Texas v. United States, which has delayed implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives The filing from the American Immigration Council, National […]

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Millions of Immigrants Could Become U.S. Citizens—and Voters

Millions of Immigrants Could Become U.S. Citizens—and Voters

Written by on November 30, 2015 in Demographics, Elections with 0 Comments

Politicians who demonize immigrants do so at their own peril. Immigrants are already a key voting bloc in many states. And they are only going to get stronger as more and more of them become lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and, ultimately, U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. Needless to say, all of these potential […]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Today, I have the pleasure of following in the footsteps of Mary Giovagnoli, who, during her five years at the American Immigration Council, entertained and enlightened us with her annual blog about how to survive and thrive when the topic turns to immigration at the Thanksgiving Day table. With good humor, she reminded us that […]

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Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments

The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania. Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum […]

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Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing

Written by on November 23, 2015 in Children, Deportation with 0 Comments

Last summer, the U.S. government decided to prioritize the deportations of unaccompanied children and of families with children in response to increased numbers of children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Children’s cases were conducted on an expedited schedule, or “rocket docket,” that left children with little time to try to find an […]

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Are Immigrants Better Off Now Than They Were One Year Ago?

Are Immigrants Better Off Now Than They Were One Year Ago?

Written by on November 20, 2015 in Deferred Action, Executive Action with 1 Comment

One year ago, President Obama announced executive actions his Administration would take on immigration. These actions were meant as common-sense reforms to an immigration system that has not been upgraded in more than 20 years. The series of reforms range from temporary protections for an expanded group of unauthorized young people (expanded DACA) and parents […]

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Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice formally asked the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The formal request, called a petition for certiorari, is the first step in the Supreme Court review process. The Supreme Court likely will decide […]

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Congress Continues its Knee-Jerk Reaction to Paris Attacks

Congress Continues its Knee-Jerk Reaction to Paris Attacks

Written by on November 19, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Congress with 1 Comment

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the “American Safe Act of 2015” by a vote of 289 to 137, with 47 Democrats and all but two Republicans supporting the bill. This comes less than one week after the horrific attacks in Paris, which have left many feeling vulnerable and fearful. But this knee-jerk […]

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