Dozens of Mayors File Brief in Support of Immigration Executive Action

Dozens of Mayors File Brief in Support of Immigration Executive Action

Written by on January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Mayors from 33 cities, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, filed an amicus brief on Monday in the Texas v. United States lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Interestingly, a number of cities that have signed on to the brief supporting the administration’s action are […]

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What Potential GOP Candidates Said on Immigration at Steve King’s Rally

What Potential GOP Candidates Said on Immigration at Steve King’s Rally

Written by on January 26, 2015 in Republicans, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments

Although the 2016 presidential elections are two years away, early entrants into the Republican presidential field have apparently decided that immigration is a topic that can safely be exploited. Similarly, congressional Republicans, particularly newly appointed Senate Immigration Subcommittee chair, Jeff Sessions, is offering up a game plan that seems designed to pit immigrants against American […]

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House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

Written by on January 23, 2015 in Border, National Legislation with 0 Comments

With the start of the 114th Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First” Act. McCaul introduced the new bill exclusively with Republican co-sponsors unlike his 2013 bill, the Border Security Results Act, that had four Democratic co-sponsors. But examining the bill’s […]

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When is Possession of a Sock a Deportable Offense?

When is Possession of a Sock a Deportable Offense?

Written by on January 22, 2015 in Deportation, Supreme Court with 0 Comments

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mellouli v. Holder, No. 13-1034, a case that shows just how out of step immigration enforcement has become. Moones Mellouli was a conditional lawful permanent resident engaged to a U.S. citizen and resided in the U.S. for 8 years, but was ordered removed as the result […]

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Should English-Speaking America Care about Immigration Reform?

Should English-Speaking America Care about Immigration Reform?

Written by on January 21, 2015 in President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments

President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union speech this week, which was followed up by two GOP rebuttals, one in English, the other in Spanish. Comparing all three speeches is a lesson in the parties’ contrasting views on immigration reform and who they believe truly has a stake in the fight. First, the […]

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U.S. Education of Foreign Students is Under Attack

U.S. Education of Foreign Students is Under Attack

Under the guise of protecting American workers, immigration restrictionists are trying again to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain meaningful practical experience in the United States through a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security filed in March 2014 and brought, in part, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Currently students who […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Written by on January 16, 2015 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 2 Comments

Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a place where vendors hawk fresh produce, baked goods, coffee and espressos, and arts and jewelry. And as its more than 40 different businesses represent people from five continents, the market is one example of how a city can cultivate the entrepreneurial potential of immigrants. Midtown Global Market […]

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New Study Finds Systematic Bias in Labor Certification Process

New Study Finds Systematic Bias in Labor Certification Process

Written by on January 15, 2015 in Department of Labor, Employment with 0 Comments

In most cases, when an employer is interested in hiring a foreign national to work in the United States on a permanent basis, a permanent labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL) is necessary. When required, the DOL must certify to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that (a) there are insufficient U.S. […]

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How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

How Thousands of U.S. Citizen Children Are Impacted by Removal of Parents

Written by on January 14, 2015 in Children, Family with 1 Comment

While the President’s recent executive actions will help some parents of U.S. citizens, current border removal policies continue to separate U.S. citizen children from their parents, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Using data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors calculated that 15 percent (or 101,900) of migrants removed […]

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House Approves DHS Funding With Anti-Immigration Executive Action Amendments

House Approves DHS Funding With Anti-Immigration Executive Action Amendments

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, including five amendments that attacked parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The 236-191 vote for the spending measure passed essentially along party lines, although 2 Democrats […]

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