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Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States

The Pew Hispanic Center - May 3, 2017 - 11:17
There were a record 43.2 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2015, making up 13.4% of the nation’s population. This represents a fourfold increase since 1960, when only 9.7 million immigrants lived in the U.S.

May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

In a display of solidarity that united immigration activists, laborers, and business groups, hundreds marched through the hot streets of Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon to commemorate May Day. May Day has been historically reserved to draw attention to the global plight of laborers. However, this year’s events sought to draw attention to the frequently […]

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Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Congress reached an agreement this week to fund the government through the rest of the Fiscal Year which ends on September 30, 2017. This agreement does not fund many of President Trump’s immigration priorities like the border wall. However, it does provide additional funding for immigration detention and border security measures. In March, the Trump […]

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DACA Beneficiaries Pay Billions in Taxes

The fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has left 1.3 million undocumented immigrant youth in limbo. President Trump has assured DACA recipients that they can “rest easy,” but his administration has simultaneously detained and/or deported a handful of them. In addition to the moral conundrum this nation and the Trump administration […]

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DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

In the latest judiciary blow to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, a U.S. District Court Judge blocked the president’s plans to deny funding to jurisdictions deemed uncooperative on federal immigration enforcement. The administration had hoped to end so-called “sanctuary cities” by forcing them into compliance with federal law. However, these cities already comply with federal […]

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Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. […]

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What Does the Future Hold for Haitians with TPS? The Trump Administration May Terminate It

Since a massive earthquake ravaged much of Haiti, nationals of the country have been allowed to live and work in the United States under a benefit called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Their status, however, may soon be terminated by the Trump administration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must decide the fate of Haiti’s TPS […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly stated this week that DHS is not targeting undocumented immigrants simply for being undocumented. Kelly asserted that the department is focusing on people that are undocumented “plus,” categorizing this as an immigrant that has another factor—such as criminal activity—that makes them a priority beyond their undocumented presence […]

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Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has become increasingly unfocused. Rather than prioritizing the apprehension and removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes, enforcement personnel are now scooping up anyone who is deportable for any reason. This lack of prioritization has translated into a surge in immigration-related arrests across the board. The jump in […]

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Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential executive order on Buy American and Hire American. Similar to the other immigration-related executive orders, this one has no immediate effect. The executive order does not change the existing requirements for any visa category or the processes for approving a petition or application for a particular visa […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Seekers’ Petition for Federal Court Review

The Supreme Court denied review in Castro v. Department of Homeland Security on Monday, which involves dozens of asylum-seeking mothers and children at risk of deportation. The Central American plaintiffs in the case—28 mothers and their 33 children, many of whom have been detained for over a year—fled north to the United States after escaping […]

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Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Several media outlets have reported that on Tuesday, April 18, President Trump will sign an executive order mandating that the immigration agencies undertake a review of the H-1B visas classification and suggesting that they must take steps to overhaul the process for allocating the limited number available to those employers subject to the annual “cap.” According […]

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Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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Children of Undocumented Parents Tell the Trump Administration: You Won’t Break Up Our Families

Standing in the shadow of the White House Thursday afternoon, children from around the country gathered to deliver one unified message to President Trump: don’t break our families apart. This heartbreaking plea came from the dozens of American children that spoke at the We Belong Together Kid’s Caravan rally, the final stop of a four-city […]

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ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

After issuing only three weekly declined detainer reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily cease publishing them. Initiated by President Trump’s January executive order on interior enforcement, ICE had begun to release weekly lists of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. These lists—proposed as a means to track which law enforcement agencies had refused ICE’s […]

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Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried drug dealers and armed cartels at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, but rather than announcing a crackdown on those elements, he instead declared war on undocumented immigrants and those who defend them. Sessions announced that he was instructing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement around the country as opposed […]

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Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a shift in policy for the Department of Justice on Tuesday, directing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement and drastically expand federal court prosecutions of immigration violators across the nation. Operation Streamline and other border enforcement programs—where some border crossers are referred by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to […]

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Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

President Trump’s campaign promise to ramp up immigration enforcement and build a beautiful wall along the southern border have found little support on Capitol Hill. As  Congress leaves for spring recess it’s unclear which of the President’s immigration promises they are willing to help him fulfill. Permanent changes to immigration policy have always been up […]

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H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

U.S. employers are vying for the chance to hire skilled foreign workers, but once again, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within five business days. USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and, on April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal Year […]

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