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Administration Signaling That President Trump Will End DACA: What You Need to Know

August 25, 2017 - 15:53

There is strong speculation that in the coming days President Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. If the administration chooses to do so, there are different ways the program could be terminated. One option would be to allow DACA to sunset, allowing those who presently have DACA and a work […]

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More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the Government Wants More Facilities

August 24, 2017 - 15:49

The Administration’s efforts to massively expand immigration detention in the United States are already evident in Texas, where a for-profit prison company is building the largest complex in the country to detain immigrants—and taxpayers are footing the bill. The Geo Group, a for-profit, private prison corporation, has begun constructing a $110 million, 1,100-bed facility in […]

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Where Do You Find the Most Resistance to Immigration?

August 23, 2017 - 18:15

Conventional thinking may lead some to believe that those communities that fight the hardest against immigration are the ones receiving the greatest influx of foreign newcomers. If people are wary of the changes immigrants are bringing to their communities, they would naturally seem to be the most vocal in their opposition. Yet new data from […]

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Civil Rights Concerns Continue Over 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program

August 22, 2017 - 17:37

Racial profiling often runs rampant in communities that have mobilized their law enforcement officers to act as immigration officials, with the Hispanic community frequently faring the worst. A new report from the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) confirms this dynamic. Their analysis of the impact of immigration enforcement on the Hispanic population of Fredrick County, […]

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Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

August 21, 2017 - 15:54

Nothing is a better predictor of an immigrant’s success in their immigration case, than whether or not they have access to competent legal assistance. However, the U.S. Government has at times made the hurdles to enlisting legal help insurmountable. One such example came in March 2017, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) banned a legal […]

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Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel

August 18, 2017 - 01:00

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report calling into question the need for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents as outlined in President Trump’s January executive orders. The report noted that ICE and CBP had no operational plans to justify […]

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Government Terminates Protection Program for At-Risk Central American Children

August 17, 2017 - 17:30

The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it was terminating the CAM (Central American Minors) Parole Program, a special program which allows certain at-risk children in Central America to enter the United States and be reunited with their legally residing parents. This is yet another example of the administration’s increasingly cruel disregard for vulnerable immigrant […]

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Hundreds Gather in Front of the White House to Support Protection for Young Immigrants

August 16, 2017 - 16:26

Hundreds gathered in front of the White House on a rainy Tuesday, not only to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, but to fight for it. With 10 state attorneys general pushing for its termination and its future uncertain, nearly 800,000 DACA recipients fear the worst. The fight […]

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Why DACA Works and Should Continue Until a Permanent Solution Is Put in Place

August 15, 2017 - 17:20

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative celebrates its fifth anniversary on Tuesday. By providing hundreds of thousands of young people temporary relief from deportation, DACA has resulted in significant economic and social benefits for the United States. Recipients of DACA receive temporary relief from deportation and a renewable 2-year work permit, enabling them […]

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Farmers Struggle to Find Labor, Threatening Americans’ Food Supply and Prices

August 14, 2017 - 16:14

America’s farmers have been acutely aware of the consequences of restrictive immigration policies for some time. When migration levels drop or restrictive policies drive migrants out of the state or country, farmers feel the pinch first, as their crops are left to rot in the fields due to the shortage of available workers. Since a […]

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Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

August 11, 2017 - 17:55

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) seeks to dramatically reshape American immigration by favoring youth and a narrow set of skills over family values and diversity. It does so by virtually eliminating all family-based legal immigration categories, except for some immediate relatives. In addition, it eliminates the Diversity Visa, which […]

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The Fight for Appointed Counsel for Immigrant Children Continues

August 10, 2017 - 16:57

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument on Tuesday in C.J.L.G. v. Sessions – a case that raises grave due process concerns for indigent immigrant children. At issue is whether an immigrant child in deportation proceedings has a right to an appointed attorney when he cannot afford to hire one himself. For years, […]

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Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years of Detention

August 9, 2017 - 16:58

An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for release he had encountered in his career. The child’s release marks what will hopefully be a positive turn for immigrant […]

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Government Moves to Curb Non-Citizens’ Ability to Get More Time to Prepare for Hearings

August 8, 2017 - 15:32

In a move to reduce the number of times immigration judges reschedule immigration hearings, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) recently issued guidance suggesting judges should change practices regarding “continuances.” A continuance, which only may be granted for “good cause,” is a critically important option for individuals who seek a level playing field in […]

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Immigrants Are Now Five Times More Likely to Die Crossing the Border

August 7, 2017 - 16:54

The recent deaths of ten migrants who suffocated in the back of a tractor trailer as they were allegedly being smuggled into the United States has brought renewed attention to the grave risks involved in crossing the border. A new report from the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) explains that border deaths are on […]

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When Deportation Hits Home and the Soccer Field

August 4, 2017 - 10:43

Diego and Lizandro Claros were deported to El Salvador this week, a country they fled as youngsters and a nation plagued by gang violence and instability. Since arriving in the United States, the Claros brothers both graduated high school and spent their free time working and playing soccer. 19-year-old Lizandro became a beloved and important […]

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Administration Unveils Legislation That Cuts Legal Immigration in Half and Abandons Family Values

August 3, 2017 - 16:44

The administration revealed legislation this week that seeks to drastically reshape American immigration, moving away from the family based immigration tradition that has both shaped our immigration policies for centuries and promoted family reunification, towards one that reduces people to numbers and rankings through a narrow and rigid point system. The Reforming American Immigration for […]

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Border Patrol Abuses Rarely Result in Any Serious Disciplinary Action

August 2, 2017 - 16:59

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s largest federal law-enforcement agency, has a long history of violating constitutional and other rights of both immigrants and U.S. citizens. For example, agents of the Border Patrol (a component agency of CBP) are known for regularly overstepping the boundaries of their authority by using excessive force, detaining […]

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Rule Delay Threatens New Program for International Entrepreneurs

August 1, 2017 - 13:17

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has abruptly delayed the effective date of an important new program which would have allowed international entrepreneurs to develop their start-up companies in the United States. In the last days of the Obama administration, DHS issued the international entrepreneur rule (IER). The long-awaited rule was intended to begin to […]

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House Commits 1.6 Billion Taxpayer Dollars to Elusive Border Wall

July 31, 2017 - 16:57

The House of Representatives passed a spending bill last week which included $1.6 billion for expansion of a southern border wall. The bill, which passed largely along party lines, will now move to the Senate where Democrats have emphatically said they oppose any border wall funding. In May, the administration submitted a proposed budget to […]

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