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U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. children are clearly at a disadvantage if they have at least one undocumented parent. According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released yesterday, of the estimated 5.1 million U.S. children under age 18 currently living with at least one undocumented parent, 79 percent (4.1 million) are U.S. citizens. The population of […]

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Deportation of Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

Written by on January 7, 2016 in Asylum and Refugee, Deportation, Enforcement, Raids with 0 Comments
Deportation of Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

At one level, it should come as no surprise that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken into custody and intends to deport 121 unauthorized immigrants who fled violence in Central America and arrived here over the past year and a half. After all, DHS deports people all the time who pose a danger […]

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Ted Cruz’s Enforcement-Focused Immigration Plan

Written by on November 18, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Ted Cruz’s Enforcement-Focused Immigration Plan

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-FL) recently released his immigration plan entitled, “Cruz Plan to Stop Illegal Immigration: Secure the Border, Restore the Rule of Law, and Protect Americans.” The plan is organized in three sections: “Secure the Border,” “Restore the rule of law,” and “Reform Legal Immigration to Protect Americans.” In order to secure […]

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Report Highlights Uncertain Futures of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Written by on October 16, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
Report Highlights Uncertain Futures of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Although their numbers have declined this year, unaccompanied children (UACs) from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands. Many—particularly those from Central America—are refugees fleeing horrific levels of violence in their home countries. Others might more properly be termed “economic migrants” trying to escape severe poverty. […]

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Many States Recognize Benefit of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

Written by on October 9, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law, Students with 1 Comment
Many States Recognize Benefit of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

This week, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released new information about how the top 15 states of residence for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible youth are either supporting or impeding access to college-level education. Given that federal immigration policies affecting undocumented immigrants remain stagnant, it is not surprising that many states are enacting laws […]

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New Deportation Numbers May Signal More Targeted Enforcement

Written by on October 6, 2015 in Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 0 Comments
New Deportation Numbers May Signal More Targeted Enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may finally be devoting more of its immigration enforcement resources to deporting people who represent a real threat to public safety. According to a recent media report, DHS deported 231,000 people over the past 12 months, which is the lowest number since 2006. Moreover, the share of individuals deported […]

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New Report Evaluates Scale of the Central American Refugee Influx

Written by on September 4, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children with 0 Comments
New Report Evaluates Scale of the Central American Refugee Influx

The Central American refugee influx along the U.S.-Mexico border, which generated so much press attention in 2014, is not going away anytime soon. The conditions which spur Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans to flee their countries in large numbers—namely, widespread violence and grinding poverty—have not changed. Nor has the fact that so many unaccompanied children are […]

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Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship, Restrictionists with 3 Comments
Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

There has been a media frenzy over one of the more draconian components of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s immigration policy platform. In his plan, released earlier this week, he writes that the U.S. should “End Birthright Citizenship.” However, despite the attention Trump is getting for this, he is not the first—nor the last—to suggest […]

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New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Demographics, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

The nature of unauthorized immigration to the United States is changing. Economic and social conditions are changing in both the United States and the countries from which it has traditionally received immigrants. And these changes are reflected in patterns of unauthorized immigration. In a new report, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) quantifies these changes and […]

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Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Amidst last year’s uptick in arrivals of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the Administration responded, in part, by ramping up family detention, increasing incentives to the Mexican government to interdict and deport Central Americans before they arrive at the U.S. border and upping development dollars to Northern Triangle countries. In […]

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