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The DACA Affair: The Epitome of Injustice

The DACA Affair: The Epitome of Injustice

On January 13, 1898, the novelist Émile Zola penned a now famous open letter in the French newspaper L’Aurore, accusing the French government of anti-Semitism for falsely convicting military officer Alfred Dreyfus of espionage. The impassioned essay on what became known as the Dreyfus Affair galvanized many of the era’s prominent writers, artists and intellectuals […]

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Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it now has hired 326 immigration judges, 53 more judges than July 2016, yet during that time the immigration court backlog has grown. According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) the reason for this may be due to the fact that […]

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President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise to reform America’s immigration system. His urgency ultimately dissipated and reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements. Other issues took priority, partisan divides emerged, and an intransigent Congress refused to move legislation across the finish line. Thus, President […]

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Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

As the Obama Administration comes to an end and its legacy on immigration is solidified, one of the defining characteristics of the President’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws. One of the strongest indicators of that will be how many individuals he actually removed and returned out of the country. […]

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The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the total number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol of individuals trying to enter the country without authorization for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The overall number of apprehensions is up from last year, but down when compared to FY 2013 and 2014 and remain at historically […]

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Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Written by on June 17, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Last month, the Obama Administration doubled down on their Central American refugee deterrence policy by beginning a new round of raids targeting mothers and young people for deportation back to some of the most dangerous and violent places in the world. However, similar to the first time the Administration launched raids on these families in […]

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Over 150 Groups Demand Obama Administration Stop Immigration Raids

Written by on April 1, 2016 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Over 150 Groups Demand Obama Administration Stop Immigration Raids

Last month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that since the end of January they have been conducting “Operation Border Guardian,” which has been focusing on the removal of individuals who came to the United States as unaccompanied children after January, 1, 2014, but are now 18 or older. As of March 9, DHS […]

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Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Written by on March 28, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Protesters gathered in Lafayette Square just across from the White House on Monday. The protest coincided with the 138th annual White House Easter Egg roll. As families inside enjoyed the annual White House festivities, protesters outside the gates highlighted the plight of detained immigrant families. On a day filled with tradition and meaning for so […]

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Democratic Candidates Promise Not to Deport Children or Immigrants Without Criminal Records at Univision Debate

Written by on March 10, 2016 in Elections, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
Democratic Candidates Promise Not to Deport Children or Immigrants Without Criminal Records at Univision Debate

While many of the recent Presidential debates have uncovered little new thinking or policy positions on immigration, last night’s Univision-sponsored debate at Miami-Dade College in Southern Florida was different. The Univision hosts pressed both candidates on the issue of immigration, which allowed both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to make more definitive statements about what […]

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Obama Administration Files Brief in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

Obama Administration Files Brief in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

This week, the Obama Administration filed its brief with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, the case where Texas and 25 other states are challenging the President’s executive action on expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The brief sets forth […]

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