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Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—the division within the Department of Justice that runs that immigration court system—released its FY2013 Statistics Yearbook detailing the number of deportation cases begun and completed in the immigration courts nationwide. The Yearbook showed a decrease in the number of immigration court cases the Department of Homeland [...]

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President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

As the number of deportations under President Obama near the 2 million mark and Congress stalls on immigration reform legislation, President Obama said Friday that administration officials are reviewing what could be done to make the immigration enforcement system more humane. The announcement follows votes in the House of Representatives last week attempting to limit [...]

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New Year, New Leadership and New Opportunities at DHS

New Year, New Leadership and New Opportunities at DHS

              The Department of Homeland Security enters 2014 with new leadership, following the confirmation this month of Jeh Johnson and Alejandro Mayorkas for  Secretary and Deputy Secretary, respectively.  Johnson and Mayorkas bring years of government service to their new jobs.  Mayorkas’ tenure as Director of USCIS led to a [...]

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Ongoing Government Shutdown Disrupts Immigration Processing

Ongoing Government Shutdown Disrupts Immigration Processing

With the shutdown of the government in its second week, many immigration-related agencies continue to be closed, affecting availability of services and information necessary for applications for immigration benefits and litigation of immigration cases. Because multiple federal agencies play a role in contributing to the functioning of the immigration system, the impact of the shutdown [...]

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DHS Issues Tropical Storm Karen Guidance

DHS Issues Tropical Storm Karen Guidance

As they have done during previous weather-related emergencies, the Department of Homeland Security issued guidance directing that immigration enforcement activities be suspended. The directive notes: “…to the extent that Karen impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, there will be no immigration [...]

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Steve King’s Tall Tales About Immigrants and Crime Don’t Add Up

Steve King’s Tall Tales About Immigrants and Crime Don’t Add Up

There is no denying that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a vivid imagination. As he sits in Border Patrol vehicles at night, he apparently sees hundreds of DREAM Act-eligible drug mules with muscular calves hauling heavy loads of marijuana across the border. How does he know these drug mules would meet the rather stringent criteria [...]

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Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

The U.S. immigration system continues to detain more and more noncitizens in federally-operated detention facilities, in private prisons, and in state and local prisons and jails across the country.  Currently, DHS detains approximately 34,000 persons every night, the majority of whom have no criminal history.  Over the last several years there have been numerous reports [...]

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Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

Inspector General Finds Serious Problems with US-VISIT Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released results of their investigation into the US-VISIT program.  US-VISIT was created after 9/11 to track noncitizens’ entries into and exits from the U.S. to identify national security threats, individuals entering with fraudulent identities, and visa overstays.  Through US-VISIT, fingerprints and digital photographs [...]

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DHS Says Safety Before Enforcement in the Face of Hurricane Isaac

DHS Says Safety Before Enforcement in the Face of Hurricane Isaac

Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a joint letter stating that immigration enforcement actions would not take place if Hurricane Isaac puts people’s lives in danger.

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Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)

Two recent reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) contain discouraging news about the backlog in our nation’s immigration courts. One noted that the number of pending removal proceedings has reached a record high, while the other reported that a relatively small number of cases have been closed through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. [...]

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