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Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Following the 15th anniversary of the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress is renewing its efforts to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again on U.S. soil. This was the message many members conveyed at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday examining “terrorist pathways” to the United States. Committee members, including Chairman Michael […]

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Jeff Sessions Affirms in Hearing He’s Against Any Type of Immigration

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 1 Comment
Jeff Sessions Affirms in Hearing He’s Against Any Type of Immigration

Proving that there is no kind of immigrant he thinks is good for America, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called a hearing on immigration in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, where he attempted to make the case that even immigrants with valid documentation are bad for America. Sessions pulled from the […]

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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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Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Flawed U.S. Response to Central American Refugees Reiterated by DHS Officials

Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continue to believe that deporting families and children quickly deters others who are considering coming to the United States. This view was reiterated during a Senate Judiciary hearing about unaccompanied children this week, in statements made by DHS officials Ronald Vitiello, Deputy Chief of the Border […]

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DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

Written by on February 4, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

There are two competing narratives being spun about the Obama Administration’s response to the “surge” of refugees from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and each of these narratives is as fanciful as the other. According to one story, there has been a near-instantaneous deterrent effect as a result of the raids […]

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The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. However, that program came under intense scrutiny this week at a Senate Judiciary […]

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Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Written by on January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Government Agencies Under Fire Over Handling of Unaccompanied Children

Earlier this week, it was reported that in 2014, when thousands of Central American children arrived at our border seeking protection from severe violence at home, government agencies released some children to human traffickers and abusers. These children were forced to live and work in dangerous conditions. At the time, the government agency which released […]

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Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Written by on December 3, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation with 1 Comment
Will the Immigration Court Backlog Finally Go Down?

Although our nation’s immigration courts currently have record backlogs, there may be some help on the way. That was the message from Juan Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)—a division within the Department of Justice (DOJ) department which houses the immigration courts—at an oversight hearing in the House of Representatives Judiciary […]

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Complexity of Central American Migration Explored at Senate Hearing

Written by on October 22, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Complexity of Central American Migration Explored at Senate Hearing

This week, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held yet another hearing to examine the causes and implications of the high rate of migration from Central America, mainly from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) opened the hearing by framing it as a border security […]

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Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows

Written by on October 2, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows

The United States plays an important role in protecting thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people fleeing persecution in their home countries. At no point in U.S. history has this role been more crucial—the violence and devastation in Syria has led to the largest number of refugees since World War II. But at a hearing […]

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