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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Are you new to immigration reform as an issue? Check out our immigration reform FAQ here. Below are some of the topics we discuss: I. Immigration 101 Who are the undocumented? Why do some immigrants come without papers? Why can’t immigrants just “get legal”? How do immigrants get deported? Why don’t we use the term… Continue »