Hablamos Espanol? Welcome to Removal Proceedings!

I saw, with a real sense of disgust, the videos that have circulated recently on the internet. First, I saw the video of the attorney, who has taken an oath to protect rights, rail at a restaurant because other patrons were speaking Spanish. Second, I saw the Border Patrol agent speak to two United States…

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No! The Supreme Court Did Not Uphold the Travel Ban!

I read a headline yesterday saying that the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Administration’s travel ban. I also head that Attorney General Sessions called it a win for American security. I doubt that the people saying that read the decision, and it is clear that AG Sessions is using this for political…

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Mexican Immigrants in the United States

After four decades of rapid growth, the size of the Mexican immigrant population in the United States has remained stable in recent years. In 2014, more than 11.7 million Mexican immigrants resided in the United States, accounting for 28 percent of the 42.4 million foreign-born population—and by far the largest immigrant origin group in the…

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What Does Judge Garland’s Nomination Mean for Immigration Law?

I am pleased that President Obama nominated a Supreme Court nominee today. Judge Garland is the senior judge on the DC Circuit, the second most important federal circuit in the nation. This court hears very important cases relating to executive action. The court has recently heard Sheriff Arpaio’s case against the Obama Administration relating to…

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South American Immigrants in the United States

South American immigrants in the United States, though small in absolute numbers compared to those from Mexico and Central America, experienced the fastest growth since 1960 among all Latin American immigrant groups. The number of South American immigrants grew from 90,000 in 1960 to around 2.9 million in 2014, representing a 32-fold increase. In 1960,…

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Deferred Action for Unauthorized Immigrant Parents: Analysis of DAPA’s Potential Effects on Families and Children

In November 2014, the Obama administration announced the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, which would protect from deportation and provide eligibility for work authorization to as many as 3.6 million unauthorized immigrants, according to MPI estimates. Unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents…

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Asian Immigrants in the United States

Migration from Asia to the United States rose dramatically with passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which removed national-origin quotas established in 1921 barring immigration from Asian and Arab countries and sharply limiting arrivals from Africa and eastern and southern Europe. The number of Asian immigrants grew from 491,000 in 1960 to about…

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Celebrating Independence Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

Release Date: June 29, 2015 On July 4, we celebrate Independence Day – the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Each year, USCIS celebrates this holiday with a week of special naturalization ceremonies across the country. This year, we will welcome more than 4,000 new citizens in over 50 Independence…

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Report Shows that Majority of Deportations are Done Through Expedited Removal Proceedings

The American Immigration Council published a report today showing that the majority of removals are being conducted through expedited removal procedures like expedited removal, reinstatement of removal, and stipulated removal. These three mechanisms, in my opinion violate basic constitutional rights including Due Process. The three mechanisms  allow immigration officials or an immigration judge to hasten…

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