• Federal Court to Consider Again Whether Children Can Be Deported Without Attorneys
    December 10, 2018

    On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in C.J.L.G. v. Whitaker, a case that addresses whether children facing deportation have the right to a court-appointed attorney. Currently, immigration courts order unrepresented children deported despite the potential life-or-death […]

  • USCIS’ Proposed H1-B Registration Rule Creates More Uncertainty for Employers
    December 7, 2018

    Just months short of the normal starting date for the annual H-1B petition process, USCIS has proposed major changes. U.S. employers who rely on this visa category, which is for jobs that require a bachelor’s or higher degree in a “specific specialty” or equivalent at the […]

  • How to Engage in an Immigration Debate Where Everyone Has Their Own Facts
    December 6, 2018

    Advocates of immigrant rights decry working in what feels like the age of the fact-free debate. A debate driven in large part by leaders willing to cherry-pick facts on immigration that encourage division and sacrifice solutions. Yet, all of us have a role to play in improving the nature of the […]

  • Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations
    December 5, 2018

    There is a lot that we don’t know about immigration detention. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been in the headlines more often than in past years, the network of facilities ICE uses to imprison immigrants is a major aspect of the agency that is often hidden in plain […]

  • The United States Could Solve Undocumented Immigration With a Better System
    December 4, 2018

    New estimates indicate that the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States continues a decade-long decline, standing at about 10.7 million as of 2016 (down from 12.2 million in 2007). Just as important as the numbers themselves, however, are the trends that underlie them: migrants are […]

  • What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration
    December 3, 2018

    Following Jeff Sessions’ resignation as Attorney General, President Trump named Matthew Whitaker to replace him—a move that has already inspired multiple lawsuits that contend the designation was illegal. In a recent immigration case, an amicus brief explains why designating […]

  • The Government Failed to Conduct Background Checks on Staffers at Migrant Child Tent City
    November 30, 2018

    Thousands of migrant children are currently being held at a tent city in Tornillo, Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. Most of the children traveled alone in order to flee from violence in their Central American home countries and to reunite with family members already in the United States. An […]

  • Autopsy Report Shows Transgender Immigrant Woman Beaten Before Death in ICE Custody
    November 29, 2018

    Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in May, weeks after presenting herself at the San Ysidro port of entry to ask for asylum. An independent autopsy report released this week revealed […]

  • Will American Workers Take Another Hit If President Trump Closes the US-Mexico Border?
    November 28, 2018

    President Trump wants the Mexican government to turn back the “caravan” of Central American and Mexican asylum-seekers—and he’s threatening to close the U.S.-Mexico border if it doesn’t. In an ominous tweet on November 26, the president declared that if the Mexican […]

  • How States Took Action on Immigration in 2018
    November 27, 2018

    States and localities continue exploring policies and positions on immigration to serve the needs of their communities and, at times, respond to the aggressive immigration agenda touted by the Trump administration. In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, states enacted more laws and […]

  • Violence Erupts at the Border as US Continues to Deny Rights to Asylum Seekers
    November 26, 2018

    The situation in Tijuana, Mexico reached a boiling point on Sunday, after U.S. authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants—including pregnant women and children—who had peacefully gathered earlier that morning to ask for asylum. Disturbing video footage, pictures, and stories […]

  • This Thanksgiving, Resist the Divided America Story
    November 21, 2018

    “What if this is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?” asked Valerie Kaur in her famed “Sikh Prayer for America.” In this prayer, she contemplates an America that is not on the verge of demise, but of rebirth. Her prophetic words provide a hopeful […]

  • Judge Blocks President Trump’s New Asylum Ban
    November 20, 2018

    Ruling in a lawsuit late Monday night, a federal judge in San Francisco put the Trump administration’s asylum ban—an unprecedented move that barred asylum to any individual crossing the Southern border between ports of entry—on hold. Citing the Immigration and Nationality Act, […]

  • The Number of Immigrant Children in Detention Just Hit Record Levels – Again
    November 19, 2018

    After a summer in which almost 3,000 migrant children were separated from their parents at the border, the Trump administration admitted last week that it was holding a record number of children in government custody. Around 14,000 children classified as “unaccompanied children” are now […]

  • Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation
    November 16, 2018

    Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had a nomination hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday. He had previously served as the former deputy commissioner of Customs and Border […]

  • Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants
    November 15, 2018

    The Trump administration’s move to deport more people from the United States has come into sharp focus again as it targets some of the most vulnerable immigrants with its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. The new policy, announced in June 2018, had already dramatically altered the role of U.S. […]

  • When Immigrant Parents Are Deported, The Entire Family Suffers, Survey Shows
    November 14, 2018

    Another form of family separation is on the rise—the deportation of relatives with longstanding ties to the United States. Those left behind in the United States often face significant hardships, a new study from the Kino Border Initiative shows. Families can become impoverished, as relatives […]

  • DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court
    November 13, 2018

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke to President Trump’s ongoing efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last week, unanimously upholding a lower court injunction which had blocked the Trump administration from ending the program. […]

  • The US Military’s Diversity Is Part of Its Strength
    November 12, 2018

    The United States Armed Forces has done some of its greatest work when it has dismantled barriers to service and opened its ranks to Americans of different backgrounds and identities. Inclusivity within the U.S. military has been hard-fought but admittedly slow. Black service members have fought in […]

  • Trump’s Illegal Ban on Asylum Seekers Solves Nothing
    November 9, 2018

    In response to a much over-hyped caravan of migrants slowly trekking north through Mexico, the Trump administration announced new rules to block people from applying for asylum if they cross between the ports of entry along the Southern border. The rules take effect immediately, setting the stage […]

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