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Trump’s Illegal Ban on Asylum Seekers Solves Nothing

November 9, 2018 - 17:35

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 for an utterly avoidable crisis that will put […]

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A Look Back at Immigration Under Sessions’ Justice Department

November 8, 2018 - 20:28

Jeff Sessions resigned as Attorney General yesterday, less than two years after the Senate narrowly confirmed him to the post. Sessions’ tenure as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, while relatively short-lived, was a boon to anti-immigrant groups and Trump’s hardline approach to immigration. Sessions has a troubling history when it comes to immigration, one […]

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2018 Midterms and Immigration: What Will Congress Do Next?

November 7, 2018 - 16:46

While the pundits digest the lessons to be learned from the 2018 midterm elections, one takeaway is immediately clear: many Americans want Congress to resume its critical role of checks and balances on the Trump administration and its overzealous immigration agenda. Democrats’ control of the House of Representatives offers significant opportunity for the 116th Congress […]

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What’s Next on Flores After Today’s Deadline for Comments

November 6, 2018 - 17:15

As Americans go to the polls, many will also be taking part in another form of government participation—submitting comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to expand family detention for asylum seekers. The proposed regulations seek to end the decades-old Flores settlement, permitting the government to detain parents and children in family detention centers for indefinite […]

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Latino Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterm Elections Not New

November 5, 2018 - 17:08

Latino voters are more engaged in the 2018 midterm elections than in years past. Enthusiasm towards voting is higher and Latinos have already contributed to record turnout in some states. Yet this interest and excitement towards voting has the potential to be hampered in some areas facing voter suppression. These difficulties in voting are not […]

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President Trump Lies to the American Public About Asylum Seekers

November 2, 2018 - 17:35

On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared his administration would be taking drastic steps to prevent asylum seekers from coming to the United States. In a rambling speech filled with false and unverifiable claims, the president declared that he intended to detain thousands of asylum seekers—including families and children—in tent cities built by the military. Trump, […]

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Trump’s Midterm Promise: Migrant Children in Tent Cities and No Asylum

November 1, 2018 - 18:13

Five days before the midterm elections, President Trump vowed to build “massive tent cities” for families and restrict access to the asylum process. During Thursday’s announcement, Trump outlined his plans to expand the use of detention in order to hold children and mothers and to turn away all asylum seekers arriving between ports of entry. […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

October 31, 2018 - 16:30

On Monday night, President Trump told reporters that he intended to end birthright citizenship and claimed that he could do so with an executive order. Birthright citizenship comes from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “Any person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, is a […]

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The US Economy Is Strengthened by Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

October 30, 2018 - 17:18

Many of the billion-dollar startup companies in the United States, such as Uber and SpaceX, would not exist—or would have been created in another country—if U.S. immigration policies had not given the immigrant entrepreneurs the chance to succeed here. Whether immigrant or native-born, entrepreneurs are vital for economic growth and job creation. Many of history’s […]

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Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

October 29, 2018 - 15:16

In a world of instantaneous news, the nation learned of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday in Pittsburgh almost in real time. As the details emerged, we discovered that 11 Jewish worshippers had been murdered by Robert Bowers, a self-described anti-Semite with a hatred for Jews, refugees, and immigrants. Shortly before […]

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order

October 26, 2018 - 16:28

In early October, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. After weeks of negotiation with the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, the government has now come forward with a plan to put that decision […]

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How Does Immigration Factor into Americans’ Sense of Identity?

October 25, 2018 - 17:38

With the midterm elections fast approaching, immigration has become—yet again—one of the hottest political topics among candidates and likely voters. Much of the public debate over immigration is devoted to topics like the state of “border security” and the causes and effects of undocumented immigration. Beneath these specific issues, however, is a more fundamental question: […]

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The Nobel Prize Winners Show the Power of Welcoming Newcomers

October 24, 2018 - 16:04

When people feel welcomed into a community, great things often happen that benefit the receiving community and even the nation. When newcomers feel accepted and included in a society, it provides them the best shot at harnessing talents they may have otherwise been unable to recognize or pursue. This has been the case year after […]

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5 Ways to Prevent the Next Migrant Caravan

October 23, 2018 - 14:09

Just two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, much attention is being placed on a migrant caravan of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico. Now reported to include more than 7,000 people, the mostly Honduran group is seeking protection from pervasive violence at home. Even though the southern border is more secure than […]

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Will the Trump Administration Begin Family Separations Again?

October 22, 2018 - 17:47

The horrifying and tragic legacy of the Trump administration’s family separation policy—which allegedly ended by executive order in June this summer—is far from over. Even with many children still waiting to be reunited with their parents, the administration is considering resuming family separations once again. Nearly 250 migrant children reportedly remain separated from their parents. […]

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What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

October 19, 2018 - 14:47

When you think of a national border, you probably think of a defined edge—a place where one country ends and another begins. However, when it comes to federal immigration operations, the border extends many miles into the country. While those whose daily lives are negatively impacted by this overreach of federal immigration authority have denounced […]

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A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border

October 18, 2018 - 17:51

Thousands of migrants—many of whom are mothers, fathers, and children fleeing their homes in violence-stricken areas of Central America—are traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an impromptu caravan. A majority of the estimated 4,000 migrants left last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long ranked as one of the most violent […]

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The US Healthcare System Benefits From Immigrant Contributors

October 17, 2018 - 16:48

Insurers have always depended on large numbers of participants to pay into a pool so that those with the highest rates of usage are covered by those with lower rates. In other words, everyone in an insurance pool is interdependent on one another. In the case of private health insurance, immigrants are often helping shore […]

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New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

October 16, 2018 - 12:43

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported

October 15, 2018 - 16:57

A new report alleges that the Trump administration (and partially Obama administration) may have separated thousands more families than previously reported and also details how thousands of asylum seekers have been illegally turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border. Amnesty International released the report last Thursday which reveals that upwards of 1,000 more families than originally […]

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