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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: 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 »

Immigration 101: What is the Dream Act?

Today, Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Dream Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that would grant Dreamers legal status and put them on a path to citizenship. The Dream Act has been introduced at least ten times before, starting in 2001, with the last major push coming in 2010. Previous … 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: What is VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement)?

On April 26, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of VOICE, short for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, an office that would take calls from people who have suffered crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. In its first few days of existence, VOICE was flooded with calls not about immigrants, but about space … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is a Sanctuary City?

Updated October 9, 2018 “Sanctuary cities” is actually a misnomer. While many Americans believe that it refers to a city that doesn’t prosecute immigrants, so-called “sanctuary cities” actually refer to something far more specific. There’s no single definition of what is a sanctuary city, but generally speaking, it’s a city (or a county, or a … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why Marrying a US Citizen Does Not Automatically Legalize an Undocumented Immigrant

One immigration case that’s been making the news is the story of Roberto Beristain, an Indiana business owner and undocumented immigrant who was deported this week after spending almost 20 years in the US. Beristain has a wife and four children, all of whom are US citizens, which might prompt some to question — why didn’t … Continue reading »

Immigration 101 from Vox: The Case for Immigration and How American Greatness Depends on Welcoming Foreigners

Why should Americans support immigration? For a comprehensive answer, check out Matthew Yglesias’ piece at Vox, “The Case for Immigration”. As he points out, the United States throughout its history has not typically taken in immigrants as an act of kindness — it’s taken in immigrants out of recognition that newcomers contribute to the country … Continue reading »