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Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

President Trump’s campaign promise to ramp up immigration enforcement and build a beautiful wall along the southern border have found little support on Capitol Hill. As  Congress leaves for spring recess it’s unclear which of the President’s immigration promises they are willing to help him fulfill. Permanent changes to immigration policy have always been up […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Tells Congress Immigration Executive Order Should Have Been Delayed

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
Homeland Security Secretary Tells Congress Immigration Executive Order Should Have Been Delayed

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly testified for the first time since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in front of the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday in a hearing titled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security.” While the hearing was supposed to focus on border security, much […]

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Will Congress Fund President Trump’s Executive Order on Border Enforcement?

Will Congress Fund President Trump’s Executive Order on Border Enforcement?

President Donald Trump’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements executive order is an attempt to fulfill his campaign pledge to build a wall at the southern border, to provide additional resources to Border Patrol agents, to curtail due process at the border, and to increase detention along the southern border, including for those who are […]

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Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

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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Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

Written by on December 9, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 2 Comments
Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

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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What to Expect Now That Congress Is Back

Written by on September 8, 2016 in High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
What to Expect Now That Congress Is Back

Congress returned to work this week after a six week recess. While September promises to be a busy month for lawmakers, it is unlikely that immigration reform will be high on their “to do” list. Nonetheless, immigration policy will be affected by any congressional action (or inaction) on spending bills including disagreement over the funding […]

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Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

This week Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced his national security agenda, which included a plan to “secure the border.” As part of that plan, Speaker Ryan says, “America must secure the border once and for all by accelerating the deployment of fencing, technology, air assets, and personnel.” Ryan’s plan is […]

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Steve King’s Committee Continues Attack on President’s Immigration Actions

Written by on March 15, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Steve King’s Committee Continues Attack on President’s Immigration Actions

This week, the newly created “Task Force on Executive Overreach” and its Chairman Steve King (R-IA) held a sparsely-attended hearing on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, specifically related to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This was the first hearing by […]

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Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Written by on May 15, 2015 in Legislation with 7 Comments
Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Americans—77 percent, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll—want Congress to take action on immigration reform. In the last Congress, comprehensive reform passed the Senate by two to one, and received 192 supporters in the House. Yet the new Congress in 2015 has turned the clock back. According to the Alliance for Citizenship, […]

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DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Written by on March 6, 2015 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
DHS Funding Controversy Over, But Enforcement-First Approach Remains

Over five months into fiscal year 2015, the President on Wednesday finally signed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) appropriations bill, after Congress twice narrowly averted shutting down the agency. Congressional members called it a “clean” bill, without House Republicans’ efforts to repeal President Obama’s recent executive actions (well within the President’s authority). But the […]

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