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Travel Ban Bars Grandparents, Grandchildren from Entering US – The Lawsuits Practically File Themselves

June 29, 2017 - 18:37

The Trump administration is set to begin implementing part of its long-touted travel ban on Thursday, which seeks to ban the entry of nationals of six Muslim-majority countries for at least 90 days and suspend the admissions of all refugees for at least 120 days. This implementation was prompted by a Supreme Court decision earlier […]

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The Government Continues to Ignore the Rights of Children in Detention, Court Finds

June 28, 2017 - 17:38

Despite being among some of the most vulnerable, children seeking asylum in the United States often fare the worst. Upon entering the United States, children are often detained for extended periods in violation of a long-standing agreement known as the Flores settlement. The Flores agreement essentially acts as a contract between the government and children […]

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How to Get the Immigration System in Line With Our Nation’s Values and Interests

June 27, 2017 - 13:58

Over the past two decades, much of the immigration policy debate has focused on issues related to immigration enforcement. In fact, many argue that “enforcement first”—the notion that we must adequately enforce the laws on the books before considering broader immigration reforms—has de facto become the nation’s singular immigration policy. This preoccupation with enforcement has […]

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Who Will and Won’t Be Impacted by the Travel Ban After the Supreme Court’s Decision

June 26, 2017 - 20:46

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the Travel Ban case when its fall session begins in October 2017. In the meantime, the Court will allow the administration to implement parts of President Trump’s second executive order (EO-2), which bans the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from the United […]

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This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

June 23, 2017 - 12:10

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 20th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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In the Days of Deportation, All Immigrants Are Targets

June 22, 2017 - 15:48

Since the Trump administration announced its crackdown on undocumented immigrants, stories of individuals abruptly deported have pervaded the news. The accounts of longtime residents who have built families, homes, and businesses only to be deported after years in the United States may seem like outliers, but in fact are now becoming the new normal. Such accounts […]

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Supreme Court Sends a ‘Dangerous Message’ by Not Finding Bush Officials Liable in Post-9/11 Abuse Case

June 21, 2017 - 10:11

A bare majority of the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that six former immigrants of Arab or South Asian descent—all but one of whom are Muslim—cannot sue high-level U.S. officials over policies that authorized punitive detention conditions in the wake of September 11, 2001. The six plaintiffs in Zigler v. Abbasi were swept up in […]

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As Global Refugee Crisis Grows, America Must Do Her Part

June 20, 2017 - 12:25

  Each year on June 20, people around the world recognize the plight, resilience, and courage of those who have been forced to flee their homes. This World Refugee Day comes at a time when record numbers of refugees and other vulnerable populations are fleeing violence and persecution. As they seek opportunities to rebuild their […]

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Life-Saving Humanitarian Aid Camp Raided by Border Patrol in Arizona Desert

June 19, 2017 - 16:43

Each year, hundreds of individuals perish while crossing into the United States from Mexico and Central America. Death while crossing the desert is often due to dehydration and other medical emergencies. Often migrants get lost and are poorly equipped for the treacherous journey, succumbing to the desert heat and exhaustion. As a result, in 2004 a […]

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Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

June 16, 2017 - 15:37

Refugee resettlement has long been a cornerstone of United States foreign policy, but in the first weeks of the Trump administration, the president attempted to suspend the decades-long program in favor of a more isolationist approach. One reason the president gave for wanting to temporarily bar the world’s refugees was their supposed financial burden—but a […]

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America Benefits from Growing Economic Clout of DACA Recipients

June 15, 2017 - 12:04

Now marking its fifth year, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has been a much-needed lifeline for more than one million young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. DACA was announced by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012. DACA granted a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well […]

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Foreign Workers Make Up 25 Percent of the Entire STEM Workforce

June 14, 2017 - 13:29

With the Trump administration threatening to limit the immigration of highly skilled foreign professionals to the United States, now is a good time to take stock of just how valuable those professionals are to the U.S. economy and how short-sighted it is to place limits on their contributions to this country. High-skilled workers in STEM […]

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“Immigration, Even for the President, Is Not a One-Person Show”: The Ninth Circuit Rejects Trump’s Travel Ban

June 13, 2017 - 16:04

Barely three weeks after the Fourth Circuit ruled that President Trump’s travel ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination” and thus violated the First Amendment by discriminating against Muslims, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the travel ban also violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In upholding a Hawaii federal district court decision that […]

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Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

June 12, 2017 - 17:28

After debate rocked the Texas State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) in May, which purports to ban sanctuary city policies and gives local police the authority to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Though the law won’t go into effect until September, it’s crucial to know […]

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Fast-Track Deportation Expansion Could Impact Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants

June 9, 2017 - 11:00

The U.S. Government has deported hundreds of thousands of individuals each year over the past twenty years. Since 2009, the numbers have grown dramatically and hovered right at or above 400,000 deportations per year. However, while the total number rose during the Obama administration, the underlying numbers of individuals deported from the interior of the […]

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Why Are the Immigration Courts So Backlogged? Government Findings May Surprise You

June 8, 2017 - 16:58

Anyone familiar with the immigration system knows that the immigration courts have an enormous backlog which has persisted—and grown—for more than a decade. As of April 2017, the immigration court backlog topped 585,930 cases, more than double the pending cases in fiscal year (FY) 2006 (212,000). The immigration court backlog means that many people wait […]

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Congress Lowers Hiring Standards for Corruption and Abuse Plagued Border Patrol

June 7, 2017 - 17:41

The House of Representatives passed The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act  (H.R.2213) on Wednesday evening. The measure—which passed the House by a vote of 282-137, which includes 51 yes votes from Democrats and no opposition from Republicans—is designed to weaken Customs and Border Protection hiring standards by exempting some applicants from polygraph testing before being hired. […]

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President’s Tweets Dim His Prospects for Supreme Court Review of The Travel Ban Case

June 7, 2017 - 13:04

President Trump reignited discussion around his controversial travel ban through a series of early morning tweets on Monday, in a move legal experts say could ultimately cripple his administration’s chances of restoring the ban through the Supreme Court. In these tweets, the president blew a giant hole in his legal case when he insisted that his […]

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The Dire State of Immigration Detention in Georgia

June 6, 2017 - 10:21

Recent deaths at immigration detention centers in Georgia have made one fact disturbingly clear: detainees’ rights are being violated, with life and death consequences. These tragedies are not isolated incidents, but rather part of an ongoing trend in Georgia’s immigration system that consistently violates basic human rights, disregards detention standards, and leaves detained immigrants with […]

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Circuit Judge Says “Even the Good Hombres Are Not Safe”

June 5, 2017 - 18:15

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an important immigration opinion last month, blasting the administration’s immigration policy and the unfettered discretion it is exercising in deportation decisions. Judge Stephen Reinhardt, in a concurrence, concluded that instead of focusing on the “bad hombres,” the administration’s immigration policies allow immigration […]

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