Monthly Archives: March 2019

Turning Away Refugees

In a strongly worded letter directed to U.S. government officials, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said that the new “Remain in Mexico” policy violates both U.S. and international laws protecting refugees and asylum seekers: “I … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Starting the week with some good news: most people in the United States, and most people in the top immigrant-receiving countries around the world, consider immigrants “a strength rather than a burden.” That includes Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, … Continue reading

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Stand Up Against Hate

Thursday night, I saw the first news reports from New Zealand. Another terrorist attack on a mosque, then on two mosques. “Dozens” dead, then 49, now 50. Denunciations of the terrorism by government officials, the hunt for the shooter or … Continue reading

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Two Deep Dives: Demographics and Prisons

Research and analysis on immigration doesn’t get as much air time as political rhetoric. Today—take a look at two insightful articles that tackle issues of immigration policy failures and disparate treatment of citizens and non-citizens in federal prisons.

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Shutting Down Legal Immigration

Without fanfare and without Congressional approval, the Trump administration is shutting down legal immigration. In one visible move, it plans to shut down U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) abroad. Less visible moves have already dramatically reduced legal immigration: cutting … Continue reading

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DREAM and Promise Act

Today House Democrats introduce HR 6, the Dream & Promise Act, offering a path to citizenship for people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These people have lived in the … Continue reading

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Still Stealing Babies, Still Trying for a Wall

“It is important to recognize that we are talking about human beings,” Judge Sabraw said at a hearing in February, “that every person needs to be accounted for.” Turns out the Trump administration was taking children away from immigrant parents … Continue reading

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