How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

Written by on January 14, 2015 in Children, Family with 1 Comment

While the President’s recent executive actions will help some parents of U.S. citizens, current border removal policies continue to separate U.S. citizen children from their parents, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Using data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors calculated that 15 percent (or 101,900) of migrants removed […]

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House Approves DHS Funding With Anti-Immigration Executive Action Amendments

House Approves DHS Funding With Anti-Immigration Executive Action Amendments

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, including five amendments that attacked parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The 236-191 vote for the spending measure passed essentially along party lines, although 2 Democrats […]

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States’ Lawsuit Against Executive Action More Politics Than Substance

States’ Lawsuit Against Executive Action More Politics Than Substance

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

By Lynne H. Rambo, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law On Thursday, a Texas federal judge will hear 25 states’ arguments to block President Obama’s recent immigration executive actions. But the suit has more value as political theater than as a legitimate constitutional challenge. There’s no merit to the case. The president, […]

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House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

After the House Rules Committee on Monday night sent a bill that continues funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the year. Five amendments were attached as the House of Representatives began debating the measure on Tuesday. A vote is expected Wednesday. In December, Congress only approved funding for the […]

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Attorneys General from 12 States, D.C. File Brief in Support of Executive Action on Immigration

Attorneys General from 12 States, D.C. File Brief in Support of Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on January 12, 2015 in Executive Action with 2 Comments

Texas is leading a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration and has asked for a preliminary injunction that will be considered in a hearing on Thursday, January 15 in a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas. Texas is arguing that the president’s actions will harm states economically and socially. Challenging these claims, Washington […]

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The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Demographics, Integration with 3 Comments

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. Many, however, are not making the leap from legal permanent resident status to citizen. The number of those naturalizing has been less than 800,000 for the past five consecutive years, and in 2013, a mere 8.9 […]

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What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

What Happened at the Meeting Between the Mexican and U.S. Presidents

Written by on January 8, 2015 in Border, Executive Action, President Obama with 0 Comments

The U.S. and Mexico share a nearly 2,000 mile border, and most of the immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico. The relationship between the two countries runs deeper than just immigration even though attention in the last year has focused on the record number of children and families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to […]

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Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Government Report Blasts Border Patrol Drones as Ineffective, Wasteful

Over the past decade, as the government has pursued an “enforcement first” strategy, U.S. Border Patrol enforcement has exploded with devastating consequences. Border Patrol has used excessive force without accountability while costing taxpayers $8 billion annually, with little clear impact on migration. Amongst this spending, as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General report […]

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States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Written by on January 6, 2015 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments

Many of the positive immigration reforms approved in 2014 happened in the states. Despite federal inaction on federal immigration reform, state and local officials took pragmatic steps to help undocumented immigrants living in their communities better integrate. Connecticut and California were two of 10 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico […]

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Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

Written by on January 5, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments

In the year just ended, the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), found themselves subject to an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Crimes committed by Border Patrol agents—ranging from accepting bribes to shooting people in the back—no longer remained shrouded in secrecy. Rather, journalists, advocates, and investigators began […]

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