New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will shift its policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody according to a memo released last week. While the changes seem positive, they still fall short according to LGBTI and immigration advocates.

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A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Fourth of July by Welcoming 4,000 New Citizens

A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Fourth of July by Welcoming 4,000 New Citizens

Written by on July 3, 2015 in Integration with 3 Comments

While the Fourth of July invokes excitement as many Americans prepare to spend time with family, attend parades and watch fireworks shows, 4,000 immigrants are participating in a different sort of celebration. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Independence Day by swearing-in over 4,000 new U.S. Citizens between July 1-4. There are […]

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U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported

U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported

Some say the wheels of justice turn slowly; however, when justice is finally delivered it is sweet. After more than two years of litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leonel Ruiz on behalf of his minor daughter, alleging that in 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained and […]

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Will Governor Christie ‘Tell It Like It Is’ on Immigration?

Will Governor Christie ‘Tell It Like It Is’ on Immigration?

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey became the 14th candidate to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. He’s highlighting his reputation as a straight-talking Governor by making his campaign motto “telling it like it is.” Yet, despite that slogan his campaign launch and official campaign website do not make clear his view […]

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Growing Latino Economic and Political Power “Trumps” GOP Presidential Candidate

Growing Latino Economic and Political Power “Trumps” GOP Presidential Candidate

Written by on June 30, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments

When Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the GOP Presidential nomination earlier this month, he made some of the most racist and offensive remarks ever made by a modern-day Presidential candidate, calling Mexican’s “rapists” and criminals. In making these charged remarks he ignored a critical new reality in modern American politics: the […]

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Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Myths with 1 Comment

Last week, the nativist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) did it again. This time, CIS misrepresented data on children and families appearing in immigration court, echoing what Fox News reported earlier in the week—both outlets implying that detention is necessary to ensure appearance in court. Yet data from the immigration courts—the same data CIS […]

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Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

Written by on June 26, 2015 in Children with 1 Comment

Last summer, the flow of Central Americans seeking refuge in the United States—many of them children—reached its height. One of the government’s first responses to the increased numbers was to reinstitute family detention, with the opening of a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, one year ago tomorrow. Today, the flow at our southern border […]

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Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Written by on June 25, 2015 in Elections with 2 Comments

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th presidential candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. He is also the third declared 2016 presidential candidate that is the son of immigrants – the two others being Sens. Mario Rubio and Ted Cruz. In his announcement speech, Jindal embraced his own immigrant heritage but, a […]

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Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

Written by on June 24, 2015 in Detention, Family with 1 Comment

Earlier this week, eight Democratic House Members took a trip to Dilley and Karnes, Texas to visit two immigrant family detention facilities and meet with women and children detained there. Dozens of women demonstrated during the visit, using sheets and pillow cases to make their statements. One five-year-old boy held up the message, “I am […]

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Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

Written by on June 24, 2015 in News Flash with 0 Comments

On June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquake in April. Starting immediately, Nepalese nationals in the U.S. can apply for protection against deportation, the ability to travel, and the ability to gain a work permit. […]

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