Immigration Courts Desperately Need More Judges

Immigration Courts Desperately Need More Judges

Written by on August 27, 2015 in Backlogs, Courts with 0 Comments

Although this year’s presidential primary contests are dominated by the topic of immigration, the focus is on politically charged, hot-button issues like border walls and birthright citizenship. And while the media remains transfixed by the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, more mundane yet equally important problems go unaddressed. Case in point: immigration court backlogs. While […]

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Newly-Released Government Docs Reveal Dangerous Flaws in Immigration Detention Contracting

Newly-Released Government Docs Reveal Dangerous Flaws in Immigration Detention Contracting

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Department of Homeland Security, Detention with 0 Comments

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) released government documents this month that expose the severe lack of accountability in the immigration detention system. NIJC’s Immigration Detention Transparency and Human Rights Project publicly posted 90 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts and inspections from 2012 after a four-year legal battle to obtain the documents through […]

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Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments

While some politicians on the campaign trail dial-up the anti-immigrant rhetoric and rehash old debates around birthright citizenship and mass deportation, the majority of America is unmoved. According to the Pew Research Center’s recent breakdown of their extensive public polling on immigration, and even more recent Gallup poll data, most of the U.S. public remains […]

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Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Courts, Detention with 0 Comments

In a decision issued Friday, a district court in California ruled yet again that the government is violating a long-standing settlement agreement protecting the rights of children in immigration detention. Advocates for immigrant children went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which […]

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Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship, Restrictionists with 3 Comments

There has been a media frenzy over one of the more draconian components of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s immigration policy platform. In his plan, released earlier this week, he writes that the U.S. should “End Birthright Citizenship.” However, despite the attention Trump is getting for this, he is not the first—nor the last—to suggest […]

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New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Demographics, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments

The nature of unauthorized immigration to the United States is changing. Economic and social conditions are changing in both the United States and the countries from which it has traditionally received immigrants. And these changes are reflected in patterns of unauthorized immigration. In a new report, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) quantifies these changes and […]

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States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Written by on August 19, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment

Currently, ten states and the District of Columbia offer driver’s licenses to undocumented residents of their states who can meet certain requirements. Two additional states, Hawaii and Delaware, passed similar laws this year, with others also beginning their pursuit of this practical public safety and economic policy. For example, a bill was introduced in the […]

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Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments

Amidst last year’s uptick in arrivals of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the Administration responded, in part, by ramping up family detention, increasing incentives to the Mexican government to interdict and deport Central Americans before they arrive at the U.S. border and upping development dollars to Northern Triangle countries. In […]

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Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America

Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America

Written by on August 17, 2015 in Elections, Myths with 1 Comment

Over the weekend, Donald Trump—the current frontrunner in the race for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination—released his immigration policy platform, which is at its core a smorgasbord of tired, old anti-immigrant policy ideas backed up by half-truths, misstatements, and loads of conflation. He begins the “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again Plan” by […]

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Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens

Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens

Written by on August 14, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments

This week, a federal district court issued a decision in Washtech (Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. DHS), a lawsuit brought, in part, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain meaningful practical experience in the United States. The court invalidated the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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