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Promise to ‘Build the Wall’ Hurts Businesses and Residents Along the Border 

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, many individuals, families, and businesses around the country are struggling. At the heart of the shutdown and budget standoff is President Trump’s promise to “build the wall.” Yet for many people and businesses along the border, this is the last thing they want.   Ahead of President Trump’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, business owners and leaders […]

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Go to Tijuana. Go Now.

In this blog post, AILA members Kara Lynum and Christina Brown describe their experience volunteering at the border with asylum seekers and urge other AILA members and the public to take action as well!

The Trump Administration Loses Fight to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 Census on Tuesday, ruling that the controversial move “violated the public trust” and would be damaging to immigrants. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the administration’s intention to add the question – “Is this person a citizen […]

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How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result

Small and rural towns across America are increasingly faced with the opportunities and challenges that come with settling new immigrants. In nearly 3,000 rural American towns, the immigrant population grew by 130 percent since 1990. While immigrants are increasingly credited with bringing growth and stimulus to small town America, their arrival can also create tension […]

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As Shutdown Moves Into Fourth Week, Most Immigration Courts Remain Shuttered

With the government shutdown dragging into its fourth week—marking the longest shutdown in U.S. history—most of the nation’s immigration courts remain closed. The Trump administration decries immigration court backlogs and has implemented short cuts that limit and threaten due process to address the backlogs. Yet he has contributed to a shutdown that has led to […]

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Advocacy Groups Submit Comments Opposing Trump’s Asylum Ban

In November, President Trump took the unprecedented action of banning asylum for individuals who enter the United States between ports of entry. Although his actions were blocked in court only days later, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continued forward with the process of formalizing rules to keep the asylum ban in place should the […]

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How Americans see illegal immigration, the border wall and political compromise

The Pew Research Center - January 11, 2019 - 15:04

As Trump and Democrats press their cases about ways to end the government shutdown, here’s a look at how Americans see illegal immigration.

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FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children

Lack of transparency has long dogged the enforcement branches of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in particular, has been the subject of numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during the Trump administration and previous administrations. Records produced in response to FOIA requests demonstrate that […]

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Vital Industries Could Suffer Significant Damage as Workers With TPS Lose Their Status

The Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for migrants from several nations—including El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti—has not only threatened over 300,000 long-term residents with deportation and separation from their families, but created potential workforce turmoil in multiple industries nationwide. The impending loss of workers will have ripple effects throughout local economies […]

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Prof. Tomás Jiménez on "The Other Side of Assimilation"

The following is a transcript of a conversation taking place in the fall of 2018 which has been lightly edited for clarity.   Jody Aguis Vallejo: In your recent book, The Other Side of Assimilation, you argue that examining immigrants and their descendants only tells one side of how the process of integration unfolds.

Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security

There is no doubt that a thoughtful conversation needs to be had around border security. However, it must be grounded in the realities of who is actually arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico, the reasons they are coming, and what the most pragmatic and humane response to them is. In the past several years, […]

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Border apprehensions increased in 2018 – especially for migrant families

The Pew Research Center - January 8, 2019 - 17:30

There were nearly 416,000 apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border in the first 11 months of 2018. Family members accounted for a third of these apprehensions.

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Unintended Consequences

In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matthew Maiona highlights the unintended consequences of the shutdown, including a halt to the E-Verify program which allows U.S. employers to check the eligibility of applicants to work.

The Judicial Black Sites the Government Created to Speed Up Deportations

As the Trump administration continues to strip away due process in immigration courts, the recent creation of two “Immigration Adjudication Centers” is cause for concern. The two new facilities are called “Centers,” not “courts,” despite being places where judges decide whether to issue orders of deportation. The Centers came out of a “Caseload Reduction Plan” […]

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No End In Sight as Shutdown Over Trump’s Border Wall Enters Third Week

Roughly 25 percent of the federal government shut down on December 22 after President Trump declared his intent to veto any funding bill that didn’t contain five billion dollars for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Thirteen days later, much of the government remains shut down, with Republican Senate leadership currently refusing to move […]

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Serious about Border Security?

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson takes a look at the real dangers to U.S. border security, writing "Were the President serious about border security, he would focus his administration's attention and resources on the transnational criminal cartels who deal drugs, run guns, and launder money."

With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process

January 2 marked the final day for comments on a proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that would implement a new registration requirement for H-1B visas for well-educated foreign professionals. This proposal would require employers looking to hire H-1B workers to first register electronically with the agency during a specified registration period. […]

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A Second Child Died in Border Patrol Custody. Why Is the Government Doubling Down on Deterrence?

In early December, seven-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal died within hours after coming into the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Her tragic death brought renewed attention to the systemic problems of medical care in CBP’s “iceboxes,” where not even children are screened for medical problems after being detained. Tragically, a second child, eight-year-old Felipe […]

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See Your Successes – the Justice Campaign’s Year in Numbers

Justice Campaign director Karen Lucas reflects on the difficulties and triumphs of 2018, writing that because of the amazing work of volunteers, the campaign “will enter 2019 with something that cannot and will not be deterred by anti-immigrant executive actions and rhetoric: hope."

2018 Closes On a Week Filled With Immigration Victories and New Challenges

2018 proved that the only thing you can predict about the Trump administration’s immigration policy is it’s unpredictable. On Wednesday, two separate court decisions dealt blows to the Trump administration’s efforts to deter asylum seekers. On Thursday, the administration announced an unprecedented new plan to force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico, overturning current practices […]

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