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Public’s Appetite for Harsh Immigration Polices on the Decline

September 22, 2017 - 17:05

While undocumented immigration remains a concern among two-thirds of the American public, most Americans, including Republicans, support proposals which provide law-abiding immigrants a chance to remain in the country. This ongoing shift in public opinion was calculated by a new poll from Monmouth University, which showed that support for two of President Trump’s key immigration […]

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Temporary Protected Status Terminated for Sudan, Extended for South Sudan. Who Is Next?

September 21, 2017 - 15:13

With the stroke of a pen, the Secretary of Homeland Security upended the lives of over 1,000 Sudanese nationals living in the United States with the announcement this week that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan has been terminated. However, nationals of South Sudan fared better, with an 18-month extension of their TPS designation announced […]

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U.S. Immigration Officials Frequently Use Coercive Tactics to Deport Mexican Migrants

September 20, 2017 - 19:33

U.S. immigration officials have a long history of overstepping the boundaries of their legal authority and violating the constitutional and other legal rights of migrants at the Southwest border. Allegations of abuse throughout the apprehension, detention, and deportation process are not new; immigrant rights organizations and media outlets have reported on those violations for years. […]

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Foreign Entrepreneurs Would Have Benefited From This Rule—The Trump Administration Wants to Rescind It, So We Sued

September 19, 2017 - 17:48

The Trump administration has repeatedly promised to create jobs in the United States, and yet it has delayed a policy that would have fostered the growth of innovative companies and guaranteed thousands of jobs for American workers. The “problem” for the administration appears clear: though this policy would allow the United States to capitalize on […]

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Government Says Border Security Is Tougher Than Ever

September 18, 2017 - 17:37

The Trump administration has repeatedly called for increased security along the United States southern border with Mexico, but a new report released earlier this month from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disputes the need for such measures. The agency’s report details how the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than ever before, contradicting the claim […]

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Welcoming Week Opens Its Arms to Immigrants Across the Country

September 15, 2017 - 14:04

Each year, a series of events and community gatherings take place across America that bring both the foreign- and native-born together to build inclusive communities. These “Welcoming Week” activities are hosted by local governments and community groups working to create a nation of neighbors. This year, the series of community events and gatherings will take […]

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Trump Administration Issues New Visa Sanctions on Four Countries, In Retaliation for Their Stance on Deportation

September 14, 2017 - 16:08

Following through on a directive from President Trump made during his first week in office, the State Department on Monday invoked a rarely-used law to impose visa restrictions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, declaring each country “recalcitrant” for refusing to accept the return of immigrants that the United States has ordered deported. Three […]

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New Anti-Immigrant Bill Creates Over-Broad ‘Gang’ Penalties, Putting Even Churches at Risk

September 13, 2017 - 16:38

This week House Republicans are set to vote on yet another anti-immigrant bill that attempts to scapegoat immigrants and grant far reaching enforcement powers to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), instead of working to find a permanent solution for Dreamers at risk of deportation since DACA has been rescinded. The bill, H.R. 3697, the […]

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Florida and Texas Need Immigrants to Rebuild

September 12, 2017 - 17:41

With Hurricanes Irma and Harvey ravaging much of Florida and Texas, the states will soon begin a substantial, years-long rebuilding process. The aftermath of previous natural disasters has shown that much of that rebuilding process was carried out by immigrants, many of whom were undocumented. But relying on foreign-born labor to reconstruct Florida and Texas’ […]

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Supreme Court Restores a Portion of Trump’s Travel Ban, In Continuous Chess Match

September 11, 2017 - 16:43

In a unanimous decision, the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision on Friday in Hawaii v. Trump, allowing extended family members as well as certain refugees to enter the United States. In doing so, the court rejected the Trump administration’s interpretation of the Supreme Court’s June decision and rebuffed the administration’s ongoing effort to […]

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Seniors’ Access to Health Care May Suffer If DACA Is Terminated

September 8, 2017 - 15:14

Industries across the nation may find themselves in dangerously short supply of workers if no solution is found for the 800,000 young immigrants now at risk of deportation due to the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. One industry, however, may be struck particularly and immediately hard: health care. The Trump […]

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States and NGOs Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Termination

September 7, 2017 - 16:24

With the Trump administration announcing it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on Tuesday, a number of states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and DACA recipients immediately went to federal court in attempt to stop its termination. In the two days since the administration called an end to DACA, three lawsuits have been […]

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The DACA Affair: The Epitome of Injustice

September 6, 2017 - 12:31

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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Trump Bows to Threats by Attorneys General and Ends DACA Initiative

September 5, 2017 - 17:18

The Trump administration brought the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (DACA) to an end on Tuesday, striking one of the largest blows to America’s immigrant community since taking office. Despite promising to show recipients of the Obama-era initiative “great heart,” the administration announced that it will officially rescind the program after being threatened with litigation […]

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Trump Administration Ends DACA: Places 800K Young Immigrants at Risk for Deportation

September 5, 2017 - 10:56

The Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) today. This means no new applications will be accepted and only those individuals with current DACA that expires before March 5, 2018 may renew, a final time, for two years. Young people who currently have DACA will be returned to their undocumented […]

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Illinois Takes Steps to Protect Local Law Enforcement from Federal Government Infringement

September 1, 2017 - 14:42

The State of Illinois has taken steps to push back on the Trump Administration’s efforts to force local law enforcement into doing the job of federal immigration enforcement officers. Governor Rauner signed legislation in August that would limit local and state police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while the City of Chicago filed […]

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As Texans Struggle for Survival, Judge Puts SB4 Largely On Hold

August 31, 2017 - 14:29

Texas’ Senate Bill 4 (SB4), the state’s punitive, anti-immigrant law slated to go into effect on September 1, was largely blocked by a Texas Judge late Wednesday evening. SB4 was passed into law by the Texas Legislature in 2017 seeking to force Texas cities and counties to enforce federal immigration law, as well as punish […]

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Parents of Children Fleeing Violence Targeted for Enforcement

August 30, 2017 - 17:07

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reportedly begun targeting undocumented parents and guardians who allegedly paid human smugglers to bring their children to the United States to escape violence and death in their home countries. A recent two-month sweep conducted by ICE resulted in the arrest of at least 400 individuals. However, despite their stated […]

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USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

August 29, 2017 - 16:41

The Trump administration continued its attack on legal immigration this month, announcing that it will start requiring additional in-person interviews for tens of thousands of individuals who have already undergone extensive screening and have been successfully living and working in the United States for years. These unnecessary interviews are likely to add to already significant […]

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Court Decision Ensures Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Permanent Residents

August 28, 2017 - 15:10

Hundreds, if not thousands, of noncitizens with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence because of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. In Ramirez v. Brown, the Court ruled that a grant of TPS to a noncitizen qualifies as an “inspection and admission.” Under the Immigration and Nationality […]

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