How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker

How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker

Written by on October 28, 2014 in Courts, USCIS with 1 Comment

When a U.S. multinational company wants to bring a talented employee from overseas to work in the U.S. for a fixed period, it typically pursues what’s called an “L-1 visa” for transferring employees between related entities. There are two L-1 categories—the L-1A, which is reserved for executives and managers; and the L-1B, which is available […]

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Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Elections, Myths with 3 Comments

Along with campaign ads and ballot initiatives, the November elections inevitably bring allegations that non-citizens are turning out in droves to skew elections.  Despite repeated investigations over the years finding no indication that systematic vote fraud by non-citizens occurs, some voters will have to navigate cumbersome voter identification laws designed to address a non-existent problem. […]

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After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have […]

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Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Demographics, Elections with 1 Comment

The U.S. electorate is undergoing a seismic shift that is playing itself out over the course of decades. As the American Immigration Council describes in a new report, “New Americans”—immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as the native-born children of immigrants—comprise a growing share of voters in the United States. The same is […]

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How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Written by on October 22, 2014 in Children, Courts with 6 Comments

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three year old who arrived at the United States border in April 2014 because family members […]

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Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

Written by on October 21, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Deportation with 1 Comment

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report last week documenting serious flaws in the procedures used to deport noncitizens apprehended at or near the border—flaws that are resulting in the deportation of Central Americans who face serious harm in their home countries. The report is based on interviews of 35 noncitizens detained in the United […]

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Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

Written by on October 20, 2014 in Myths, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments

As the Ebola outbreak continues to take lives in West Africa, restrictionists have predictably started their  “crusade” to ban travel from West African countries. Specifically, over the past few weeks, nativist groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as well as some lawmakers started criticizing […]

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New Report Explains How U.S. Reached Record-Breaking Removals

New Report Explains How U.S. Reached Record-Breaking Removals

Written by on October 17, 2014 in Deportation with 1 Comment

In March, as the Obama Administration was poised to deport its 2 millionth immigrant, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia dubbed Obama the “deporter-in-chief.” A new report from the Migration Policy Institute released Thursday confirms there is “no ambiguity that removals are at an all-time high,” as author Marc Rosenblum stated. The report, […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Written by on October 16, 2014 in Elections, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments

Many opponents of immigration reform view the U.S. job market as a playing field upon which two teams compete: the native-born and immigrants. From this perspective, every job gained by one side amounts to a job lost by the other. And so every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job […]

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Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

The state of Alabama settled a lawsuit last week over one of the last remaining provisions of HB 56, the punitive immigration measure often called the “show me your papers” law. Legislators first approved the law in 2011, but when lawmakers passed revisions to HB 56 in 2012, they including a requirement that the state […]

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