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Attorney General Sessions Attacks Asylum Seekers and Calls for More Fast-Track Deportations

October 12, 2017 - 16:34

During a public appearance at the Department of Justice on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on Congress to curb due process for immigrants by making it more difficult for an individual to seek asylum and to increase fast-track deportations. In his speech, Sessions focused heavily on America’s long-standing system that provides asylum to those […]

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USCIS Reveals Nearly 25 Percent of Eligible Dreamers Did Not Submit Their Renewal Application on Time

October 11, 2017 - 17:05

Now that the arbitrary deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals has passed, approximately 36,000 young immigrants are in danger of being deported. New data from United States and Citizenship Services (USCIS) reveals that roughly one-quarter of all eligible, former DACA recipients did not submit their application in time to meet the October […]

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White House Immigration Principles Are Released as DACA Deal Looms

October 10, 2017 - 17:50

The White House released its Immigration Principles and Policies late Sunday night, providing an outline of the Trump administration’s proposals on immigration. The principles were sent to Congressional leadership with a cover letter demanding these reforms be included in any legislation that addresses protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The seven-page document […]

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FAIR Miscalculates the Cost of Unauthorized Immigration In A New Study

October 6, 2017 - 07:20

The anti-immigrant organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has released a report which attempts to make the case that undocumented immigrants in the United States impose a massive fiscal burden on native-born Americans. This is a baseless argument that FAIR makes repeatedly, and it rests upon a number of flawed assumptions about the impact […]

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The House Approves $10 Billion for Trump’s Border Wall

October 5, 2017 - 17:09

In an effort to fulfill the harsh requirements of the immigration executive order released during the Trump administration’s first week in office, the House Homeland Security Committee passed the Border Security for America Act, H.R. 3548, out of committee on a party line vote on Wednesday. The timing of the Committee’s vote is significant—it likely […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Lee Francis Cissna as Director of USCIS

October 5, 2017 - 10:54

The United States Senate confirmed Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Cissna will oversee the agency in charge of adjudicating and issuing most immigration-related requests into the United States including the Trump administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In his confirmation hearing, Cissna pledged his commitment […]

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As the DACA Renewal Deadline Approaches, 50,000 Dreamers May Face Deportation

October 4, 2017 - 16:11

With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) renewal deadline fast approaching, thousands of young immigrants are scrambling to have their paperwork in by October 5 for a final, two-year extension. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has estimated that nearly 50,000 Dreamers have so far not submitted the necessary paperwork and fee, and would […]

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Supreme Court Likely to Decide Constitutionality of Immigration Detention Without Bond

October 3, 2017 - 08:11

When the Supreme Court hears arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez, the Justices will tackle a question eight of them considered in 2016: whether the Constitution allows the government to detain noncitizens for more than six months without ever giving them an opportunity for a bond hearing. Although the case was first argued in December 2016, last […]

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The White House Has Slashed Refugee Admissions to Record Lows

October 2, 2017 - 16:01

The White House announced late last week that for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the United States will only admit a maximum number of 45,000 refugees. This represents the lowest refugee admissions ceiling ever set by the U.S. government, despite record numbers of forced displacement around the world. The UN Refugee Agency […]

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DHS Wants to Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media. No One Knows What They Will Do With This Information

September 29, 2017 - 14:13

In a sweeping encroachment upon privacy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is planning to dramatically ramp up its surveillance of virtually anyone in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen by birth. In a rule which appeared in the Federal Register on September 18, DHS announced that it will […]

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