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In Search of a Path Forward on Immigration

By Laura D. Francis July 11 — The path to an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system remains murky, with deep divisions making it difficult to find common ground. “The key to getting anything done that changes where we are now” is to find common ground and “try to work out something in the middle,” […]

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Supreme Court Ties, Keeps Block On Immigration Policies

The Supreme Court deadlocked on Thursday over a challenge to President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that would have prevented deportation for millions of immigrants, pushing the issue to the forefront of the 2016 election. The 4-4 tie leaves in place lower appeals court rulings against enforcing the plan. The February death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia […]

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Signs of Life For Immigration Reform

A few modest proposals will likely see votes as Republicans face political pressure to address the broken system. With comprehensive immigration reform essentially dead on Capitol Hill for the foreseeable future, Republicans appear poised to advance a series of incremental measures to address the hot-button issue amid political pressure to tackle the broken system. GOP […]

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Featured Issue: Detention and Family Detention

America’s immigration detention practices undermine the fundamental principles of due process and fairness, and require immediate systemic reform. Annually, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unnecessarily detains more than 400,000 people, including asylum seekers and other extremely vulnerable immigrants. Many detainees are held for prolonged periods despite the fact that they have strong ties to […]

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Modernizing PERM Added to Regulatory Agenda

Notice that modernizing the Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) has been added to the regulatory agenda, stating that DOL is engaging in rulemaking to modernize the PERM process with worker and industry needs and practices. Note: Although addition of an item to the Regulatory Agenda does not necessarily mean that a rulemaking will be forthcoming, […]

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Representatives Call for End to Family Detention

U.S. Representatives Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its family detention policy after a new set of actions was announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): “We acknowledge that DHS is trying to […]

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Senate appropriators should fund the immigration courts

A massive backlog in our immigration courts is undermining both justice and enforcement. The number of pending cases hit a new all-time high in April, with 445,607 cases. People often wait years for a court date, let alone the resolution of their cases. The cause is obvious: a huge increase in funding for enforcement without […]

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DAPA Natl Day of Action: Group Protest Blocked Immigration Programs

Tuesday, May 19th was supposed to be the day when undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents could begin applying for temporary deportation relief and work authorization under a new deferred action program, but instead there will be rallies across the country denouncing a ruling that temporarily blocked the program. “Millions of immigrants […]

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Obama has options to halt deportations

The court battle over immigration does not prevent the White House from tackling inhumane immigration policy A federal appeals court is hearing oral arguments today to decide whether to stay a judge’s injunction on President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. His new programs would allow undocumented people to apply for relief and get a […]

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Notario fraud: Preying on those who seek help with immigration paperwork

Whenever Monica Alegria has an appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, she gets so nervous her head aches. Alegria didn’t come into the country illegally nor does she have a criminal record, but she and her husband are facing possible deportation. While applying for green cards, she said, the couple paid $2,000 in legal […]

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