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A Rational, Effective, and Humane Response to Steadily Increasing Numbers of Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Mexico Border

Trump’s Draconian Approach is a Failure and Only Works to Exacerbate Issues In a recent op ed, former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner concluded that our border enforcement system was fundamentally designed to interdict and deter individuals (mostly single Mexican young men) coming to the U.S. for work. But the current flow of migrants has been … Continue reading »

Rep. Filemon Vela: “This Texas-Mexico border land is the private owners’ land”

Trump’s Unpopular Border Wall Not Only A Detriment to Environment, It Exploits Texas Communities’ Property Rights Representative Filemon Vela (TX-34) has a new op-ed in the Corpus Christi Caller calling out the Trump administration’s use of eminent domain in its attempts to build a monument to intolerance and xenophobia along the border. Rep. Vela describes … Continue reading »

DHS Announced Intention to Return Vulnerable Asylum Seekers to Mexico in Violation of U.S. Immigration Law

Since November, the Trump administration has been working to keep vulnerable asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. – Mexico border in Mexico as they await the opportunity to apply for asylum, both through an agreement with Mexico and by limiting the number of asylum applicants processed per day.  In spite of horrific conditions reported in … Continue reading »

ICYMI: More Than 50 Immigrants Remain in Detention Following Workplace Raid in North Texas

Texas Tribune: those released on bond remain unsure of their future Austin, TX –   A week after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement workplace raid in North Texas detained more than 150 immigrants, nearly a third still remain in ICE custody while those released are now left to pick up the pieces from having lost their … Continue reading »

Anti-Immigrant Wing of GOP Will Remain Ascendant Until Paul Ryan and Pro-Reform Leaders Grow a Backbone

Want a fresh reminder why immigration reform legislation has not passed Congress despite broad majority support from the public, including from many Republicans? Witness the past few days, as Donald Trump and the anti-immigrant wing of the GOP continue to put their xenophobic stamp on the party, while facing embarrassingly little resistance from the sizeable pro-reform contingent … Continue reading »

Immigration Local and State Report: Florida, Georgia, New York, New Mexico

Earlier this week we witnessed how immigration unfolded as a key issue throughout the Iowa Caucus. As immigration remains as one of the most prominent topics at the national level, particularly within the 2016 election cycle, states are also trying to enact legislation that will undoubtedly impact immigrant communities. Here s a breakdown of what … Continue reading »

Marco Rubio Remains Tone Deaf On Immigration

Immigration became a big point of discussion during last night’s Republican debate, a discussion that Marco Rubio was able to avoid. Despite Rubio’s pivotal role in the “Gang of 8” Senate bill in 2013 and his subsequent reversal, he wasn’t asked about immigration by the debate moderators. Rubio, however, has been busy in the post-debate … Continue reading »

Nevada Lets DACA Recipients Get Teaching Licenses, As Nevada Remains On Lawsuit Attacking DAPA and Expanded DACA

DACA recipients scored a huge victory in Nevada this week, after Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill that would allow them to finally be able to pursue their teaching dreams. From Esther Lee of ThinkProgress: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed a state bill this week allowing some undocumented immigrants with temporary work authorization to receive … Continue reading »

Ohio Father Facing Deportation Gets One Year Reprieve, But Remains in Detention

Prosecutorial Discretion Granted, But ICE Refuses to Say When Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez Will Come Home Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy— has been granted a one year stay of deportation, yet Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is so far refusing to release him from … Continue reading »

NEW POLL: How Latino and New Citizen Voters in New Mexico Influenced the 2012 Elections

As 40% of All Voters in the State, Latinos’ Overwhelming Support for Democrats Turned State Deep Blue in 2012  SANTA FE, NM – The 2012 elections demonstrate that, as the rest of the country takes note of the growing impact of Latino and new citizen voters, they should look to New Mexico to see what that … Continue reading »