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Immigrants Rights Group Sues U.S. Government Over Family Separation at the Border

March 2, 2018 - 12:12

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit this week to demand the immediate release and reunification of an asylum-seeking Congolese mother and her 7 year-old daughter, who had been forcibly separated by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers at the U.S.-Mexico border last November. The lawsuit argues that the separation of Ms. L. […]

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Oversight Agency Finds ICE Improperly Obtained Contract for Texas Family Detention Center

March 1, 2018 - 10:54

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a damning report this week, finding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) improperly modified an older, existing contract with the City of Eloy, Arizona to create the notorious family detention center in Dilley, Texas—more than 900 miles away. Rather than contracting […]

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Supreme Court Finds No Right to a Bond Hearing Under Immigration Law

February 28, 2018 - 17:10

Indefinitely detained immigrants facing possible deportation lost ground in their fight for the right to a bond hearing following a Supreme Court decision on Tuesday. Their sole remaining weapon is the U.S. Constitution. The ruling by Justice Samuel Alito in Jennings v. Rodriguez reverses a decision that had required the government to give certain immigrants […]

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Supreme Court Rejects the Government’s Premature Request to Hear DACA Case

February 27, 2018 - 17:44

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request to hear an emergency appeal of a lower court’s January decision that prevents the government from fully ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Now that the Supreme Court has rejected their request, the government must continue to process DACA renewals while it fights the lower […]

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Removal of ‘Nation of Immigrants’ from USCIS Mission Ignores Agency’s Mandate and American History

February 26, 2018 - 13:31

Francis Cissna, Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unveiled a new mission statement for the agency last week, notably deleting the words “a nation of immigrants” as well as other key principles central to the agency’s work. Given the sweeping changes underway in the enforcement and adjudication of immigration laws, changing […]

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USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish

February 23, 2018 - 13:02

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made abrupt and sweeping changes to how the agency will schedule interviews for affirmative asylum applications. Rather than interviewing those who have been waiting months or years for their interview, asylum offices will now prioritize brand new filings ahead of all others waiting in the queue. While scheduling asylum […]

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Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

February 22, 2018 - 15:28

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an important humanitarian protection for people who are in the United States when certain natural disasters or civil conflict strike their home countries, making it unsafe for them to return. Despite the fact that conditions in many of these countries have not improved since their nationals received TPS, the Trump […]

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Need for Greater Oversight in Immigration Detention, Says Report

February 21, 2018 - 18:54

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that a significant expansion of immigration detention is required to meet “operational needs” in light of the agency’s shifting policies and ramped up immigration enforcement under the Trump administration. However, a new report released in January from immigrants’ rights organizations Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice […]

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Brief Argues Attorney General Lacks Impartiality Necessary to Decide Immigration Cases

February 20, 2018 - 14:44

In a rare move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently referred an immigration case to himself, utilizing a regulation that gives attorney generals the power to reconsider cases previously decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals. But Sessions’ hostile anti-immigrant public statements, made over the course of his entire career, make him unfit to rule in […]

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The Senate Fails to Find a Way Forward for Dreamers

February 16, 2018 - 16:50

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

February 15, 2018 - 18:13

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

February 15, 2018 - 17:13

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

February 14, 2018 - 19:19

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

February 13, 2018 - 17:00

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?

February 12, 2018 - 15:32

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

February 9, 2018 - 17:13

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

February 8, 2018 - 18:30

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

February 7, 2018 - 16:54

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

February 6, 2018 - 18:19

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

February 5, 2018 - 18:41

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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