Bi-Partisan House Bill Recommends Largest Increase Ever in Immigration Judges

Bi-Partisan House Bill Recommends Largest Increase Ever in Immigration Judges

Written by on May 21, 2015 in Backlogs, Courts with 0 Comments

This week, the House Appropriations Committee recommended the largest increase in immigration judges in history—$74 million for 55 new immigration judges, and other court improvements. The bipartisan bill acknowledges that a severe shortage of immigration judges has plagued the U.S. immigration system for years. While Congress has increased immigration enforcement funding exponentially over the past […]

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Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers

Written by on May 20, 2015 in Board of Immigration Appeals, Courts with 7 Comments

In a decision issued last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed course and decided that a subset of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been convicted of certain crimes may now have an opportunity to avoid deportation by proving to an immigration judge that their removal would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. […]

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Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS Today

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments

Today should have been the day when millions of undocumented moms and dads of U.S. citizens could have claimed their chance to work legally and live in dignity in the United States, alleviated, at long last, from vulnerability to exploitation and the constant threat of deportation and family separation. What you should have seen when […]

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California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

Written by on May 18, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment

In the last two decades, the state of California has transformed itself from a leader in anti-immigrant policymaking—most famously attempting to bar the undocumented from attending public schools and localizing immigration enforcement through Prop 187—to a leader in providing creative, forward-thinking policies on immigration. A new analysis by the California Immigrant Policy Center documents the […]

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Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Written by on May 15, 2015 in Congress with 7 Comments

Americans—77 percent, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll—want Congress to take action on immigration reform. In the last Congress, comprehensive reform passed the Senate by two to one, and received 192 supporters in the House. Yet the new Congress in 2015 has turned the clock back. According to the Alliance for Citizenship, […]

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Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities

Written by on May 14, 2015 in Courts, Detention with 1 Comment

In February, advocates went to court to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. In response, government attorneys claimed that the Flores settlement should not apply to children in family detention. […]

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Two Moms Spend Mother’s Day Traveling to Immigration Family Detention Center

Two Moms Spend Mother’s Day Traveling to Immigration Family Detention Center

Written by on May 13, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments

By Karen Lucas, Legislative Associate at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Beth Werlin, Policy Director at the American Immigration Council. On Mother’s Day morning, we said goodbye to our own children in order to visit with some other moms—courageous Central American moms fleeing persecution and detained with their children in south Texas. The facility we […]

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2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Written by on May 12, 2015 in Elections, Executive Action with 1 Comment

Immigration policy has become a hot topic as the 2016 Presidential primary picks up steam. It is no surprise that the issue of Presidential authority over immigration has taken center stage in recent weeks as Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have all begun discussing their views around how far the President should have […]

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Why More Immigration Judges Are Needed

Why More Immigration Judges Are Needed

Written by on May 11, 2015 in Backlogs, Courts with 1 Comment

If there is any aspect of immigration reform over which there should be no partisan disagreement, it is the dire need to increase the number of immigration judges. As most Republicans and Democrats can probably agree, immigration judges are essential for the functioning of immigration enforcement (removing people who shouldn’t be here) and for the […]

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Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Written by on May 8, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention with 0 Comments

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 […]

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