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Immigration 101: What is Family Migration (or so-called ‘Chain Migration’)?

The family migration program has  been around since the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to bring in their immediate relatives to the U.S. This law did away with the racially discriminatory national origins quota system from the 1920s. Through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. … Continue reading »

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? And How Will it Threaten 300,000 Settled Immigrants?

What is TPS? 11/6 Decision Deadline for 59,550 Hondurans & Nicaraguans: 19 Days 11/23 Decision Deadline for 50,000 Haitians: 36 Days 1/8 Decision Deadline for 195,000 Salvadorans:82 Days Mortgages TPS Recipients Would Have to Walk Away From: 60,000 Immediate Layoffs of TPS Recipients: 250,000 Employer Costs of Mass Layoffs: $1 Billion Cost of Mass Deportation to Taxpayers: $3 Billion The fast … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What’s Happening with DACA and the Dream Act?

Update by Anna Núñez on December 28, 2017 Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that helps 800,000 young immigrants is one of the cruelest, most significant actions Trump has taken as president. 13,176 Dreamers have lost their DACA status since September 2017. 122 DACA recipients are losing their deportation protection every day. … Continue reading »

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

In May, Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed the nation’s newest, and harshest, anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ SB 4 — into law. It’s been described as a bill that curtails sanctuary cities, but it’s a lot more than that. SB 4 is comparable to Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, two famously anti-immigrant and … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why Can’t Immigrants Just “Get Legal”, “Get in Line” and Get Their Papers?

Here’s a basic question we often come across: why can’t undocumented immigrants just “get in line”, “get legal”, “get right with the law” — i.e. obtain the legalization and citizenship that would allow them to become full-fledged Americans and protect them from deportation? The short answer is: they can’t. One misconception about undocumented immigration is … Continue reading »

Do Immigrants Enjoy Due Process in Deportation Cases? Not Exactly

John Kelly Thinks Immigration Judges’ Orders Should Be Final, Thomas Homan Thinks Immigrants Get Due Process; Here’s Why Neither is True Donald Trump is enacting his mass deportation agenda, and many of the people being deported fit a specific profile: they are mothers and fathers who have committed no major crimes, they’ve often been checking … Continue reading »

Immigration Reform Legislation – What’s Been Introduced, Marked Up, or Passed

Check back with us as we keep track of House and Senate immigration legislation and immigration reform legislation, as bills are introduced, move through committee, and onto the floor. Status: Passed House House H.R. 2213: The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (introduced April 2017 by Reps. McSally, McCaul, Hurd, Carter, Cuellar, Roe, Vela) [ANTI-IMMIGRANT] Passed 06/07/2017 by … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who Is John Kelly And How Can He Decide the Fate of Millions of Immigrants?

Secretary John Kelly is the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the top immigration official in the Trump Administration. He is the person ultimately in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and other organizations under DHS. These organizations … Continue reading »

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