Tag: Executive Branch

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Although the longstanding Flores settlement guarantees minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children in immigration detention, the Government’s family detention practices have failed to comply with the settlement. Plaintiffs brought suit to enforce […]

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What President Obama Proposed on Immigration in His Final Budget

Written by on February 9, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
What President Obama Proposed on Immigration in His Final Budget

President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 which begins on October 1, 2016. While this is the President’s final budget and is largely seen as a political document, it does set the baseline for the funding of federal programs and new initiatives executive agencies would like to undertake. For issues concerning […]

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What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

Written by on January 27, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

Since 2014, the number of federal prosecutions for immigration crimes has declined. So has the number of removals (deportations) from the United States. Contrary to some suggestions, however, this does not mean that the federal government is becoming lax in the enforcement of immigration laws. The reality is that the number of unauthorized immigrants entering […]

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Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

Written by on January 26, 2016 in Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status with 0 Comments
Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

A growing number of policy-players and makers are calling on the U.S. government to protect, rather than deport, Central American migrants and asylum-seekers. As rampant violence and organized crime continues to destabilize the Northern Triangle countries—evidenced not only by numerous reports but, by the thousands fleeing this region in the past several years—many are questioning […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

Written by on December 23, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Recently, a leaked memo related to the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing deliberations about reforming the employment-based immigrant visa system was published online. An “investigative associate” with the restrictionist organization Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) wrote an op-ed in The Hill making grossly inaccurate statements about the contents of the leaked memo—indicating that it applied […]

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UN Report Highlights Worsening Refugee Crisis in the Americas

Written by on October 29, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
UN Report Highlights Worsening Refugee Crisis in the Americas

The Northern Triangle of Central America—comprising El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—is now one of the most dangerous places on the planet. The United Nations estimates that Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, while El Salvador comes in fifth and Guatemala sixth. It is for this reason that so many Central American families […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Detention, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Raleigh, the debate over whether local law enforcement officers should be involved in enforcing federal immigration law is back at the fore.

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