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Immigration 101

Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

American values and tradition, especially since the Holocaust, was founded on welcoming people fleeing war, violence, and persecution. But in recent years, the U.S. has strayed away from these values. Currently, the United States only accepts fewer than one percent of worldwide refugees, and many other countries take in far more refugees than we do.. … Continue reading »

Brutally Cruel Detention and Deportation Cases Under the Trump Administration

In the last year, Donald  Trump has directed his Administration to be more aggressive toward immigrants, unleashing the full force of the federal government to target and deport the undocumented, including those without criminal records. “No one is safe,” a recent TIME headline said. ICE deportation arrests soared 40 percent from the same period last … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Thomas Homan?

Thomas Homan is the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal immigration agency responsible for arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants. A career immigration official who has served under six Presidents, Homan previously served as ICE’s executive associate director of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and is a 33-year law enforcement veteran. … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration is Wrong About ICE Detainers — Here Are All the Court Cases that Say So

In the last year, the Trump Administration has repeatedly attacked local governments for not turning immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) every time the government asks them to. They are criticizing local governments for not always obeying ICE detainers — conveniently ignoring the fact that it’s actually illegal to. ICE detainers are issued … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is SB 4, Texas’ Immigration Law?

Originally published August 8, 2017 Also listen to our podcast episode on SB 4: Most of the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) — is cleared for implementation after a federal appeals court this month lifted an injunction preventing the law from being enacted while legal challenges proceed. The unanimous … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians?

Trump has a moral responsibility to prevent suffering of Liberians facing deportation The Trump Administration is on the brink of letting a little-known humanitarian program to help people whose home countries have been struck by war or natural disaster expire onMarch 31, 2018. Thousands of Liberian immigrants may face deportation if deferred enforced departure (DED) for Liberians — … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who Is John Kelly?

And how does he continue to affect immigrant lives? The definitive guide to Kelly’s history as DHS chief and chief of staff Retired four-star Marine general John F. Kelly is Donald Trump’s current Chief of Staff and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Initially, Kelly was seen as the “adult in … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why the Border Wall is a Terrible Idea

The day after Trump said he was open to a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the Trump Administration proposed immigration legislation that asked Dreamers to make an unacceptable trade. In return for protections for immigrant youth, the Trump Administration is demanding drastic cuts to family-based migration and the cancellation of the diversity visa lottery program … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is John Cornyn and What is the Cornyn Con?

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is infamous within the immigration policy world for always talking a good game about passing immigration reform. But here’s the thing to remember: for more than a decade now, he’s blocked reform at every step. As the senior senator from a state with a Latino majority, Cornyn should be trying to … Continue reading »

Trump’s Immigration Plan from the State of the Union is Radical, Racist, and Un-American

Donald Trump during his State of the Union address this week detailed an immigration proposal that is radical, racist, and un-American. As our Executive Director, Frank Sharry said, “the hardliners are high-fiving; the Statue of Liberty weeps.” Trump’s immigration plan is extreme because it: Is a radical and racist restructuring of our entire immigration system. … Continue reading »

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