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As Ramadan Ends, Religious Rights Abuses Emerge at Immigrant Detention Center

June 14, 2018 - 15:53

The end of Ramadan 2018 is here, which is the holy month of fasting, contemplation, and prayer for Muslims worldwide. Yet, despite the First Amendment’s protection of the right to practice one’s religion of choice, reports have surfaced of abuses against Muslim detainees attempting to participate in the holy month at the Glades County Detention […]

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Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection

June 13, 2018 - 18:04

In the latest attack on asylum seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions single-handedly overturned years of immigration precedent to find that many victims of violence will not qualify for asylum. His strongly-worded opinion strikes an especially devastating blow to Central American asylum seekers, the vast majority of whom seek protection in the United States after fleeing […]

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How Family-Based Immigrants Succeed in the US Economy

June 12, 2018 - 18:27

Migration based on family ties has long been the foundation of the U.S. immigration system. Yet lawmakers are proposing drastic cuts to family-based immigration in favor of immigrants who come to the United States based on their skill sets, arguing that these immigrants add more value to the U.S. economy. However, this distinction between skill-based […]

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Sessions Rolls Back Asylum Protections for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

June 11, 2018 - 16:54

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday his decision to overturn earlier court precedent effectively rolling back protections for asylum-seeking men, women, and children fleeing domestic violence and criminal gangs. Sessions referred Matter of A-B- to himself earlier this year—a case involving a Salvadoran woman who came to the United States seeking asylum after being […]

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Ohio Worksite Immigration Raid Ignores the Impact on the Local Community

June 8, 2018 - 11:29

More than 100 workers were arrested at a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio on Wednesday, marking another massive employment crackdown under the Trump administration. This raid comes two months after one of the largest employment crackdowns in a decade took place at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee. According to ICE’s acting director […]

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Asylum Seeker Files Lawsuit After CBP Officers Falsify Paperwork and Then Deport Him

June 7, 2018 - 14:17

Time and time again, immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border are never given a meaningful opportunity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to explain why they fear returning to their country of origin. All too often CBP officers fail to follow the rules designed to protect asylum seekers at the border, and […]

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Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy Treats Parents like Criminals

June 6, 2018 - 17:32

Since the implementation of a “zero-tolerance” policy in April 2018 toward illegal entry (as well as attempted illegal entry) into the United States, criminal prosecutions of unauthorized border-crossers under the Trump administration have started to rise. Criminal prosecutions of migrants apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the southwest border with Mexico jumped a […]

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Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Being Welcoming Is Good for You and Your Community

June 5, 2018 - 18:11

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and given the shrill and often negative rhetoric we hear around immigration, it seems more important than ever to take time to appreciate our immigration history and what newcomers bring to our nation and our lives. Though our country’s roots can be largely traced back to successive generations of immigrants, […]

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Immigrants Are Dying in ICE Custody, So We’re Demanding an Investigation

June 4, 2018 - 16:23

The government has a longstanding history of failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care to immigrants detained in the Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, CO. This systemic failure has led to widespread insufficiencies within the facility—as well as the tragic death of two immigrants entrusted in its care. In response to this […]

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United States Seeks to Reject Asylum Seekers by Designating Mexico a Safe Third Country

June 1, 2018 - 10:46

For generations, the United States has opened its doors to individuals from around the world seeking safety and protection. The process of seeking asylum in the United States is rigorous and well-established under U.S. law. But in a cynical attempt to reject asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S. southern […]

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DHS Acts to Eliminate Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs and U.S. Job Growth

May 31, 2018 - 15:37

The Trump administration continued its shortsighted attack on businesses this week, indicating it will end a rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to grow start-up companies in the United States. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) was designed to bring the talent, ideas, and initiative of foreign entrepreneurs to the United States by easing the process for them […]

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Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

May 30, 2018 - 16:28

When it comes to U.S. refugee policy, the Trump administration is asking Congress to let the fox guard the hen house. The administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), housed within the U.S. State Department. Mortensen is a retired foreign service officer, […]

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What Happens When Migrant Children Are Taken Into U.S. Custody?

May 29, 2018 - 17:16

The glut of stories surfacing about family separation and the increasing number of migrant children being taken into U.S. custody is deeply concerning. In the past, children detained in shelters had arrived at the border without an adult. Now, however, the U.S. government is making children unaccompanied by intentionally separating them from their parents upon […]

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DHS Prosecutes Over 600 Parents in Two-Week Span and Seizes their Children

May 25, 2018 - 12:19

Following implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ), where migrants who enter without inspection are referred for criminal prosecution, a DHS official announced that 638 parents who crossed with children had been prosecuted in just a 13-day span this month. The admission raises a […]

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Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

May 24, 2018 - 17:18

There is no doubt that criminal gangs operating in the United States adversely impact the lives of many people living in communities throughout the country. However, in a nefarious act, President Trump is attempting to cast young people fleeing Central America as gang members—which is simply untrue. As the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) points […]

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H1-B Holders

May 23, 2018 - 17:50

In a rare show of bipartisanship, 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen urging her to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders. This letter is part of an  effort by lawmakers to sway the Trump administration, which has made […]

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Immigrants Create Jobs for American Workers, Boosting the U.S. Employment Rate

May 22, 2018 - 17:26

When immigrants bring their skills to the U.S. labor market, everyone—immigrants and native-born workers alike—benefit from their company. Research has repeatedly shown that native-born workers are advantaged by the presence of immigrant workers in the labor market. A new report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) adds to this growing body of research. […]

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What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

May 21, 2018 - 17:55

The United States depends on a growing private sector to remain strong and immigrant entrepreneurship is a key component to this growth. Immigrants are more likely to start businesses than their native-born counterparts. Though much has been written about immigrant entrepreneurs, far less is known about the specific role that immigrant women play as entrepreneurs. […]

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Sessions Ends Administrative Closure at the Expense of Due Process in Immigration Court

May 18, 2018 - 16:22

Altering decades of practice in immigration court and placing immense pressure on an overburdened immigration court system, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision in an immigration case on Thursday declaring immigration judges do not have general authority to administratively close cases. The decision applies nationwide—though we can expect it will be challenged in the […]

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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

May 17, 2018 - 17:08

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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