Nebraska and Alabama Changing Their Stride on Immigration

Nebraska and Alabama Changing Their Stride on Immigration

Written by on May 29, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments

In 2010 and 2011, Nebraska and Alabama made national headlines for their anti-immigrant measures. Fremont, Nebraska passed a local ordinance to check immigration status of renters, and Alabama passed HB 56, the most restrictive anti-immigrant state legislation in history. However in 2015, we’re seeing a changing tide in these states from punishment towards pragmatism. This […]

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Santorum’s Immigration Policies Would Harm Immigrants and American Workers

Santorum’s Immigration Policies Would Harm Immigrants and American Workers

Written by on May 28, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who finished second in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary behind Mitt Romney, will again seek to secure the party’s nomination in 2016. Santorum said at a kickoff rally in Cabot, Pennsylvania, that he was driven to run for a second time because “as middle America is hollowing out, we can’t […]

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Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

Despite immigration restrictionists’ efforts to derail implementation, a new rule went into effect this week allowing certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. This new policy, announced as part of the Administration’s package of Executive Actions on immigration, permits H-4s to obtain work authorization where the H-1B spouse is […]

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Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Written by on May 26, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction, which has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred action initiatives from being implemented. These initiatives, announced last November, could shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. As a result of today’s order, the preliminary […]

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Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Written by on May 22, 2015 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments

Among serious researchers, it is largely a settled matter that comprehensive immigration reform benefits the U.S. economy at all levels, from deficit reduction and added tax revenue to job creation and higher wages. That was the conclusion of the Congressional Budget Office, for instance, with regard to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of […]

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Bi-Partisan House Bill Recommends Largest Increase Ever in Immigration Judges

Bi-Partisan House Bill Recommends Largest Increase Ever in Immigration Judges

Written by on May 21, 2015 in Backlogs, Courts with 3 Comments

This week, the House Appropriations Committee recommended the largest increase in immigration judges in history—$74 million for 55 new immigration judges, and other court improvements. The bipartisan bill acknowledges that a severe shortage of immigration judges has plagued the U.S. immigration system for years. While Congress has increased immigration enforcement funding exponentially over the past […]

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Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Written by on May 20, 2015 in Board of Immigration Appeals, Courts with 8 Comments

In a decision issued last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed course and decided that a subset of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been convicted of certain crimes may now have an opportunity to avoid deportation by proving to an immigration judge that their removal would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. […]

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Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment

Today should have been the day when millions of undocumented moms and dads of U.S. citizens could have claimed their chance to work legally and live in dignity in the United States, alleviated, at long last, from vulnerability to exploitation and the constant threat of deportation and family separation. What you should have seen when […]

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California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

Written by on May 18, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment

In the last two decades, the state of California has transformed itself from a leader in anti-immigrant policymaking—most famously attempting to bar the undocumented from attending public schools and localizing immigration enforcement through Prop 187—to a leader in providing creative, forward-thinking policies on immigration. A new analysis by the California Immigrant Policy Center documents the […]

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Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Written by on May 15, 2015 in Congress with 7 Comments

Americans—77 percent, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll—want Congress to take action on immigration reform. In the last Congress, comprehensive reform passed the Senate by two to one, and received 192 supporters in the House. Yet the new Congress in 2015 has turned the clock back. According to the Alliance for Citizenship, […]

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