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The Senate Fails to Find a Way Forward for Dreamers

The United States Senate had a golden opportunity this week to legislate a permanent solution for Dreamers—however a week that began full of hope ended as a dud, with no bill passing and the president’s immigration proposal receiving a strong rebuke from Democrats and Republicans alike. The week began with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) […]

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Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

The scapegoating of immigrants for crime in the United States was on full display at a February 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was devoted to exploring the ways in which “sanctuary” jurisdictions allegedly impede law-enforcement efforts to control the opioid epidemic. That argument is a bit of a stretch, to say […]

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The Senate Misses a Key Opportunity to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers

The U.S. Senate failed again to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers on Thursday when it rejected multiple bipartisan bills. The Senate voted on three different proposals that would have provided a permanent solution for Dreamers. One proposal was an attempt to pass the White House immigration framework, which only secured 39 votes. While it […]

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Immigrants Bring Home the Gold for the U.S. Olympics Team

From their meme-worthy Opening Ceremony gloves to some stunning wins on the halfpipe, Team USA has started the 2018 Winter Olympics off with a bang. Early victories in the Pyeongchang, South Korea games would not be possible without this entire group of 242 talented Americans—including the multiple athletes that have benefited from the United States’ […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda. The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has […]

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What Views Do Millennials Hold Around Immigration?

The Millennial Generation constitutes the most racially and ethnically diverse generation America has ever known. Millennials are the largest living generation by population size (79.8 million in 2016) and are the generation with the largest number of individuals who identify as multiracial. A recent study on millennial attitudes around immigration reveals interesting and sometimes contradictory […]

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A New Report Shows the Continuing Overcriminalization of Immigrants

After more than a century of research and analysis, it has become quite clear that immigrants are far less prone to criminal conduct than the native-born population. And yet researcher John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center has recently claimed to have found evidence that exactly the opposite is true. Lott’s working paper […]

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The Federal Government Is Using Immigration Raids as Retaliation Against California

When agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided 77 businesses throughout northern California at the end of January and beginning of February, they were doing more than looking for undocumented immigrants and the employers who hire them. They were also mounting an attack against so-called “sanctuary cities”—or, in the case of California, a […]

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ICE Issues Guidance on Enforcement at Courthouses

After a significant increase in arrests outside of courthouses in 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has finally released new guidance that officially gives its agents permission to conduct civil immigration enforcement at courthouses. While this guidance is new, the practice is not. ICE’s presence and arrests at courthouses have prompted public outcry from judges, […]

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Bills Introduced in Both Chambers Provide Common Sense Solution for Dreamers

Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Coons (D-DE) introduced the United and Securing America (U.S.A) Act in the Senate this week, which includes a permanent solution for Dreamers as well as border security measures. While the recently released White House immigration framework has not enjoyed bipartisan support, versions of this bill in the House of Representatives and […]

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Immigrant Women and Girls Often Face Abuse, Homelessness After Arriving to the United States

Immigrant women and girls face unique challenges in navigating the U.S. immigration system, their dire circumstances often exacerbated by the gender-based violence they encounter on the journey and upon their arrival to the United States. These struggles were captured in a new report from the Tahirih Justice Center, which surveyed a group of immigrant women, […]

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Mapping the Local Response to Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

States, localities, and communities continue to hold their ground against the aggressive and punitive immigration enforcement agenda touted by President Trump and his administration. Compared to a year ago, more U.S. counties have limited their involvement with federal immigration enforcement. Even though the federal government devotes more funding to immigration enforcement than criminal law enforcement, […]

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DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians, but Leaves Some Without Protections

For the first time in many months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided to extend a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation – this time for Syria.  With civil war continuing to rage, the Secretary of Homeland Security is permitting Syrians another 18 months to be safe from deportation. But for the first time since […]

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State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address to Congress this week, during which he shared his vision for America’s future immigration policy—and it’s bleak. The address echoed much of the White House’s restrictive immigration framework released last week, which envisions a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the […]

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In a Decision Strongly Rebuking ICE, Court Orders the Release of Ravi Ragbir

  Following the contentious arrest of immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir, a federal district court ordered his immediate release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention on Monday. The executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City was unexpectedly detained at an ICE check-in on January 11, sparking street protests which led to the […]

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Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

The United States has always been a prime location for foreign tourists, historically maintaining its ranking as the world’s most visited country. But with more and more tourists opting to travel elsewhere within the last year, the United States’ tourism appeal is shrinking. This decline in tourism is largely thought to be the byproduct of […]

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Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

After President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, he instructed Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. However, Congress had to wait for direction from the White House on what type of legislation the president would sign into law. Finally, on Thursday, his administration released their framework on immigration reform and […]

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White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

Days earlier than anticipated, the Trump administration released the “White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security.” It was discussed by Senior Advisor to the President, Stephen Miller, on a call this afternoon with Republican congressional staffers. It outlines the administration’s legislative wish list around border security, a 10 to 12 year-path to citizenship […]

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The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

In the course of the first year under the Trump administration, states and localities have increasingly pursued immigration policies that serve the best interests of their own communities. While there were extreme differences in these state-level approaches to immigration, overall more states enacted policies designed to protect, support, and welcome their residents, immigrants and nonimmigrants […]

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U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report which comes to a rather predictable conclusion: most of the “international terrorists” in the United States—as opposed to the domestic ones—were born in another country. At one level, this comparison is about as obvious and useful as pointing out that […]

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