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 »

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 »

And how has he affected immigrant lives? A guide to Kelly’s history as inside the Trump Administration Originally published April 2017, last updated January 2, 2019 After joining the Trump Administration on Day One, John F. Kelly was unceremoniously pushed out at the end of 2018 / beginning of 2019, after failing to rise above… Continue »

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 »

Last updated May 4, 2021.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is infamous within the immigration policy world for always talking a good game about passing immigration reform even though he has spent the last decade blocking any meaningful legislation.  As the senior senator from a state with a large immigrant population, Cornyn should have helped Texas… Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »