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New Report on Asian American and Pacific Islander Immigrants Highlights Education, Economic Opportunity Gaps

Over 12.3 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) immigrants live in the United States, placing them among the fastest-growing racial groups in the country. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of AAPI immigrants grew four times as fast as the total U.S. population. Yet, despite being an integral and expanding part of American communities, […]

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Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America's past

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted recently that “Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are two sides of the same bigoted coin.” Her comments came in response to media reports that the suspect behind the shooting at a San Diego synagogue was also under investigation for burning a mosque.

New Diversity Visa Requirements Impose Major Obstacles for Applicants

The U.S. State Department announced a new rule last week that changes the Diversity Visa Program, a lottery system that grants 50,000 foreign nationals the opportunity to apply for an immigrant visa number. Applicants must come from an underrepresented country that has low rates of immigration to the United States. The lucky ones, after applying […]

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ICE Deported Hundreds of Immigrant Veterans – And Has No Record of Them in Their Database

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not following its own policies—and hundreds of men and women who have served in our military are getting deported for minor offenses due to the agency’s negligence. A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released last week details how ICE ignores two of its long-standing policies that […]

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5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - June 12, 2019 - 15:00

There were 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2017. The number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants declined since 2007.

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President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Program Is an Assault on Human Rights

AILA member Isabel Duarte describes a recent immigration court hearing with families impacted by the Remain in Mexico or Migrant Protection Protocols policy, showing how the program harms families and is an assault on human rights and due process.

Video: Is the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. declining?

The Pew Research Center - June 12, 2019 - 14:09

The latest Pew Research Center data estimates there were 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2017, down significantly from a decade prior. In this video, our researchers go behind the scenes to explain the “how” and “why” behind determining these new numbers.

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Mexicans decline to less than half the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population for the first time

The Pew Research Center - June 12, 2019 - 14:03

The number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants has fallen since its peak of 6.9 million in 2007 and was lower in 2017 than in any year since 2001.

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Migrant apprehensions and deportations increase in Mexico, but remain below recent highs

The Pew Research Center - June 12, 2019 - 07:01

Mexico has apprehended and deported more migrants within its borders so far this fiscal year than at the same point in fiscal 2018.

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No Help “Unless We’re Dying.” Immigrants Present Evidence of Inadequate Medical Care in Detention

As the Trump administration ramps up efforts to expand immigration detention in the United States, many detained immigrants continue to suffer behind bars due to woefully inadequate medical and mental health care. In the past two years, 24 people died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention alone as a result. In June 2018—almost […]

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Here’s What to Expect From Trump’s New Immigration Deal With Mexico

Only weeks after threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico, President Trump backed down on Friday after both countries announced that Mexico would step up immigration enforcement at its southern border. The Mexican government also said it would also expand its participation in the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) by taking in more asylum seekers who […]

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USCIS Processing Delays to be Investigated by Government Accountability Office

Applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits are taking longer than ever to process. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency responsible for adjudicating these applications, has a backlog at “crisis levels.” While USCIS processing delays have increasingly been a problem, the backlog is reaching new highs under the Trump administration. But for […]

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Immigration Attorneys, It’s Time to Add a Whole New Section to Your Client Screening Sheets

In this blog post, AILA member and ACLU MN Policy Counsel Julia Decker highlights recent changes to social media information collection and the "serious" civil liberties implications and chilling effect the collection will have.

‘What’s Next? Drinking Water?’ Government Cuts English Classes, Recreation for Immigrant Children in Shelters

The Trump administration is cutting funds for educational programs, recreation, and legal services for unaccompanied children who are waiting to be placed with a sponsor in the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which contracts with shelters around the country to hold unaccompanied immigrant children, says that if it does not cut these […]

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The House Passes Historic Legislation to Provide Path to Citizenship for Dreamers and TPS Holders

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6—the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019—by a bipartisan vote of 237-187 on Tuesday evening. The bill would create permanent protections for Dreamers, participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). […]

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People Forced to Stand on Toilets, Wear Soiled Clothing for Days at Border Patrol Facility

The internal watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at a Border Patrol processing facility in El Paso, Texas during an unannounced inspection last month. The watchdog said conditions were so bad they posed an “immediate risk to the health and safety not just of the detainees, but […]

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Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt US and Mexico Economies, Not Manage Central American Migration

The Trump administration’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods unless the Mexican government somehow reduces undocumented migration from Central America is devoid of logic. Tariffs could backfire on the United States economically—as experts from the world-renowned Wilson Institute point out—and they won’t address the root causes of Central American migration. They will not provide […]

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Key findings about U.S. immigrants

The Pew Research Center - June 3, 2019 - 16:00

More than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2017.

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AILA Bylaws Amendments! Now That I’ve Got Your Attention…

In this blog post, AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney urges AILA members to vote on a set of bylaws amendments, writing that while most of them aren't Earth-shattering, there are amendments that would provide much needed "structure, formality, risk management, and most importantly, due process."

Facts on U.S. Immigrants, 2017

The Pew Research Center - June 3, 2019 - 14:54

There were a record 44.4 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2017, making up 13.6% of the nation’s population. Explore charts and tables with demographic data on the foreign born population in the U.S. from 1960 to 2017.

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