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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrants Held at Artesia Center

By Megan Jordi, legal director at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from […]

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DOJ Adds Temp Judges and Shifts Priorities in Response to Unaccompanied Minors

DOJ Adds Temp Judges and Shifts Priorities in Response to Unaccompanied Minors

Congress has long neglected the immigration court system, like so many other aspects of our immigration infrastructure. For years, while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dedicated more and more resources to immigration enforcement efforts, resources for the immigration courts have not commensurately increased. As a result, immigration courts cannot keep up with their […]

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New Report Sheds (Some) Light on the U.S. Deportation Regime

Written by on April 30, 2014 in Administration, Deportation with 0 Comments
New Report Sheds (Some) Light on the U.S. Deportation Regime

A new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) compiles a wide array of data and analysis describing the recent history and current configuration of the U.S. deportation regime. The prevalence of deportations that don’t involve an immigration judge, the criminalization of immigration offenses, the massive expansion of border and interior enforcement—all are well-documented in […]

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Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Twenty-two Senate Republicans have made some political waves recently by sending a letter to President Obama expressing their “grave concerns” over the review of immigration enforcement policies now underway in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The aim of that review is to determine ways in which enforcement priorities might be revised to avoid the […]

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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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