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U.S. Policies Make It Harder for Mexican Graduates to Participate Fully in the Workforce

A growing number of Mexican immigrants in the United States have college degrees, but many of them encounter obstacles to putting their education to productive use in this country. Problems involving legal status, credentialing, and English mastery often stand between these college graduates and professional jobs in their fields of study. A report from the […]

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Let’s Break Down the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype

In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, committee member Olivia Lee explores her own family's history and urges all of us to break down the "perpetual foreigner" stereotypes that divide us.

Worsening Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Custody Highlighted in New Complaint

As rising numbers of families and children are arriving at the U.S. Mexico border and asking for asylum, the conditions they face while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have gone from bad to worse. The conditions in so-called “iceboxes”—where migrants are held for days before being transferred elsewhere—have always been bad, […]

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U.S. unauthorized immigrants are more proficient in English, more educated than a decade ago

The Pew Research Center - May 23, 2019 - 13:30

In 2016, a third of unauthorized immigrant adults were proficient in English – up from a quarter in 2007.

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CSII Event Recap April 2019: Crimmigration

April 9, 2019 What is crimmigration and how did we get to our current state of immigration? What are the implications for cities and communities? How are undocumented immigrants and organizations mobilizing to combat punitive policies and practices? USC Professor and Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) Associate Director Dr.

Serving Our Country Is No Longer a Way for Immigrant Soldiers to Gain Citizenship

Immigrant soldiers in the U.S. military often use their service as a catalyst to apply for and gain citizenship. Traditionally, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) honored that service with a fast-tracked pathway to naturalization—granting soldiers citizenship to a country they already risked their lives for seemed beyond fair. But that has recently changed. New […]

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Key facts about Asian origin groups in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - May 22, 2019 - 15:00

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing major racial or ethnic group in the United States. More than 20 million Asians live in America.

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The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise

Another migrant child died after being in U.S. custody this week—the fifth child since December 2018. These tragic deaths raise serious concerns about conditions in border facilities and the lack of adequate medical care. 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, the most recent child to die in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, was held […]

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DACA and TPS Beneficiaries Must Be Part of Any Conversation About Immigration Reform

President Trump unveiled an immigration proposal last week that would make drastic changes to our family-based immigration system and impose new security measures at our southern border. While the United States has not made major changes to its immigration system in over three decades, any meaningful immigration reform must address the needs of our current […]

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Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes

The Pew Research Center - May 17, 2019 - 16:31

Proposals to change the U.S. immigration system have received renewed attention under the Trump administration. Read key details about U.S. immigration programs.

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White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure

President Trump announced his new plan for overhauling the legal immigration system on Thursday. The plan is short on details, but it rests on principles that the Trump administration has touted before. Specifically, the proposal emphasizes the desire to radically curtail family-based immigration while prioritizing certain attributes that are viewed as an expression of “merit.” […]

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Immigration Judges and Advocates Criticize Immigration Court System for ‘Propaganda’

Amid growing calls for reforming the immigration court system, last week the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sparked criticism when it put out a document “Myths vs. Facts About Immigration Proceedings.” The document, which claimed to bust 18 different “myths,” seemed intended to assuage concerns about the agency. Instead, it was met with widespread […]

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Federal Court Allows Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy to Continue

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is resuming its controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy. This policy requires asylum-seeking Central American migrants who arrive at our Southern border to return to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings in the United States. A federal judge in California had previously blocked the policy’s implementation until the court […]

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The Fight on Behalf of Transgender Asylum Seekers Detained in Pearsall

AILA Senior Counsel of Pro Bono Program Jocelyn Dyer highlights recent wins for transgender asylum seekers detained in Pearsall as part of the Immigration Justice Campaign and urges readers to get involved to help more detained immigrants get a fair day in court.

Working Together Towards Shared Goals Can Help Heal America’s Deepest Divides

There are two pervasive trends taking hold in America today. One is deepening polarization and seemingly insurmountable political and cultural divides. And thanks to the rise in social media and the decline in membership in civic and faith groups, we are also becoming a nation of lonely-loners. Our country is plagued by too much individualism […]

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More Immigrants Requesting to Return to Their Countries of Origin Under Threat of Deportation

More immigrants facing deportation are requesting “voluntary departure” from the United States instead of fighting their cases in court. Voluntary departure is a process though which certain immigrants who the government is trying to deport in immigration court leave the United States without receiving a removal order. The number of applications for voluntary departure in […]

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Advocacy in Action: Congress Demands Answers from USCIS

In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Fiona McEntee reflects on NDA 2019 and the successful effort to have Congress hold USCIS accountable for crisis-level processing delays.

How Florida’s SB 168 Will Benefit the Private Prison Industry

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 168 with the stated intent of ensuring that state officials and agencies fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcing immigration law. SB 168 could have far-reaching consequences in a state where one in five residents is an immigrant. SB 168 would prohibit any state/local entity or law enforcement […]

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Trump-Supporting Missouri Town Mounts Campaign to Protect One of Its Own from Deportation

New York Magazine, this week, tells the story of a Trump-Loving Town and its Favorite Undocumented Immigrant. The story features Alex Garcia, a native of Honduras, who has built deep personal relationships with his working class, Trump-supporting neighbors who are now organizing to prevent his deportation. Alex moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri (population 17,000) in […]

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Separating the Home: Homeownership, Housing, Public Charge—and Implications for the Immigrant Community

  May 8, 2019 Undocumented immigrants have long faced barriers in accessing mortgages and government housing assistance due to their legal status.

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