Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

Written by on October 1, 2014 in Deferred Action, Military with 0 Comments

Only a small number of undocumented immigrants could serve in the military after the Obama administration last week announced that young immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can apply through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. The military has used MAVNI since 2008 to recruit immigrants on non-citizen [...]

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How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Business, Economics, Visas with 0 Comments

The State Department recently announced that, for the first time ever, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has reached its cap of 10,000 visas, largely due to an increase in Chinese investors. Although the EB-5 program—employment-based, fifth preference (or category)—has been around since 1990, the growth in its popularity as an investment tool has risen during [...]

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Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Courts, Myths with 0 Comments

Media outlets reported last week that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 70 percent of migrant families encountered at the border since May and released “haven’t reported” to an immigration office as instructed. ICE has released little other information about this data point. Several media outlets published this number but failed to provide [...]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Written by on September 26, 2014 in Deportation, Detention, Due Process with 0 Comments

This summer, tens of thousands of Central American families fled violence to the U.S. southern border. The administration responded by accelerating deportation proceedings, converting government facilities to family detention centers, and then prioritizing the detention and removal of families. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, [...]

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How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments

As local leaders explore ways to grow their local and regional economies, one area to address is access to English language learning opportunities for all members of a community. A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, examines workers with [...]

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Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Will CBP Actions Increase Transparency and Accountability?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently refers to itself as the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, yet many of its practices fail to live up to the expectations and standards by which modern, civilian police forces are measured. A constant barrage of advocacy and evidence pointing to CBP’s weaknesses in handling a range of complaints [...]

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New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments

Last week, the Detroit City Council unanimously passed a resolution for Detroit to become a “welcoming city.” As Global Detroit notes, “The designation,” part of the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, “recognizes places that support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality.” As Detroit exemplifies, [...]

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Why 250 Counties Have Stopped Honoring Local ICE Detainers

Why 250 Counties Have Stopped Honoring Local ICE Detainers

Written by on September 22, 2014 in Detainers, Enforcement with 4 Comments

Across the nation, local sheriff’s offices in 250 counties have stopped honoring detainer requests from (ICE) officials because of constitutional, public safety, and economic concerns. After a spate of federal rulings earlier this year found that detainers were not mandatory, local officials increasingly have come to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs [...]

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New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

Written by on September 19, 2014 in Business, Economics with 0 Comments

There is no shortage of data on the ways in which immigration has added value to the Texas economy. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the state each year. And, contrary to popular stereotype, the contributions of immigrants are not confined to the labor of low-wage workers in construction [...]

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Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Detention, Family with 0 Comments

This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have [...]

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