Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Administration, Rhetoric with 0 Comments

My daughter, who is now in high school, casually mentioned to me that she had been talking to the receptionist in the school counselor’s office about the new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and kids. She told the receptionist that this represents a great community service opportunity for high school kids who […]

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Law Professors Affirm Obama’s Immigration Action Within Legal Authority

Law Professors Affirm Obama’s Immigration Action Within Legal Authority

Written by on November 25, 2014 in Executive Action with 3 Comments

Today, more than a hundred legal scholars released a letter after reviewing the President Obama’s announced executive actions on immigration, that confirms that his plan for immigration action is “within the legal authority of the executive branch” of the United States. The letter, spearheaded by Hiroshi Motomura of University of California, Los Angeles, School of […]

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Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Executive Action, Rhetoric with 0 Comments

Estimating who may be eligible for immigration relief is always a tricky process. Their status puts them at certain risk and keeps them “in the shadows,” which has long made them difficult to count. Couple that with a strong lack of government data on them (remember Census forms do not inquire about immigration status) and […]

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President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash, President Obama with 1 Comment

Following his address Thursday night explaining his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, President Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas further detailing why his immigration executive action is just the next step. “Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time, and everybody knows it,” […]

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Who and Where are the Beneficiaries of Obama’s Immigration Executive Action?

Who and Where are the Beneficiaries of Obama’s Immigration Executive Action?

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

President Obama announced in a speech Thursday night his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for nearly 5 million people. “Millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally. And let’s be honest—tracking down, rounding up, […]

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President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

President Obama laid out his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for roughly 5 million people. The president said in his speech that he knows the politics around immigration are difficult, but he said he’s seen the families who came to the […]

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DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that he has designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This 18-month protected status means that eligible citizens from these three countries will not be deported from the U.S. while […]

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How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

Written by on November 19, 2014 in Economics, Students with 0 Comments

International Education Week occurs the third week in November each year to highlight the advantages of international education and exchange in the United States and worldwide. In particular, International Education Week—a joint initiative between the State Department and Education Department—emphasizes the benefits of preparing more Americans for a global environment and attracting future leaders from […]

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DHS Announces the Transfer of Immigrant Families from Artesia to New Facility

DHS Announces the Transfer of Immigrant Families from Artesia to New Facility

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it plans to close the detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where immigrant mothers and children currently are jailed. The closure of Artesia comes with the opening of a permanent, drastically larger family detention center in Dilley, Texas. Rather than be released, the immigrants—most of whom fled […]

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The Truth Behind the Fear-Mongering Around Immigration Executive Action

The Truth Behind the Fear-Mongering Around Immigration Executive Action

Written by on November 18, 2014 in Executive Action, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 4 Comments

The anti-immigrant crowd’s latest arguments against executive action are emerging. Not surprising, they are no different than the ones they have long levied against legislative efforts at immigration reform. Their linguistic fear-mongering includes the mischaracterization of temporary reprieves from deportation as amnesty/green cards and citizenship for all, as well as pushing the myth that immigrants […]

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