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Government Agrees to Give Some Separated Families A Second Chance to Seek Asylum

In a tentative partial settlement agreement reached with lawyers representing parents and children who were separated as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the government has agreed to give thousands of parents and children a second chance to seek asylum. Organizations have argued that parents were so traumatized by the separation from […]

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Rural Communities Get Boost From Growing Immigrant Population

In rural communities throughout the United States, immigration has been a demographic lifeline that offsets—at least in part—the dwindling number of native-born Americans. In fact, as a report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) explains, there are many rural areas in which schools, hospitals, and businesses would have shut their doors if not for […]

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In a Speech to New Immigration Judges, Attorney General Sessions Attacks Immigration Lawyers and Judicial Independence

Rather than encourage the new class of 44 immigration judges to be fair and impartial adjudicators in his Monday morning speech, Attorney General Jeff Sessions advocated for a deeply flawed immigration court system and directed judges to carry out the Trump administration’s punitive, anti-immigration agenda. While many would have taken the opportunity to reinforce principles […]

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Together, a Firestorm of Support

In this blog post, AILA staff members Reid Trautz, Erin Lynum, and former AILA intern Jiedine I. A. Phanbuh highlight the importance of engaging community to support immigrants and work towards fair immigration policy.

For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

The Pentagon recently announced that up to 4,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border through September 2019, following a 12-month extension authorized by Defense Secretary James Mattis. But the nature of the military service members’ work at the border—which is mostly menial labor—will still cost millions. The original deployment order, set […]

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New Government Study Attempts to Undermine Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released “Phase I” of its review of the federally-funded Legal Orientation Program (LOP) this week. The review came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to end the program in April but was forced to reverse that decision after receiving significant bipartisan pushback from Congress. The LOP, which is managed by […]

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Trump Administration Proposes Regulations in ‘Flores’ to Detain Migrant Children Longer in Unsafe Conditions

The Trump administration is proposing new regulations to indefinitely detain immigrant children at the border and keep them in unsafe conditions, creating a false choice between separating families or detaining children indefinitely. This misguided effort would continue the administration’s pattern of inflicting needless suffering on asylum-seeking children. The Flores Settlement Agreement (“Flores”) is a decades-old […]

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Record on Immigration Raises Questions

President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court—D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh—appears in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to answer questions about his judicial record and temperament.  During multiple days of hearings, senators are expected to ask him about his position on everything from abortion to gun rights, […]

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Why Representation Matters Within the Immigration Bar Itself

In this blog post, AILA member Sarah Pitney shares the importance of diversity and inclusion in the immigration bar by describing how one panelist in particular at the 2017 AILA Conference in New Orleans showed how her “professional community valued the presence of its LGBT+ members.”

Federal Judge Allows DACA Renewals to Continue for Now

This week will mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s announcement ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Yet, defenders and recipients of DACA are celebrating a decision that came late last week, in which several states attempting to end the initiative were hit with a major setback. On Friday, U.S. Judge Andrew […]

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Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging CBP’s Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers to Proceed

In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal court in California recently allowed a class action lawsuit to move forward challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the border. The lawsuit, Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, was brought in 2017 by six individual asylum seekers and the […]

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Medical Neglect and Abuse Reported at Atlanta Immigration Detention Center

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently uses hundreds of detention centers throughout the country to hold individuals in immigration proceedings. Many of these facilities have a concerning record, with appalling conditions and treatment of individuals under ICE’s custody. A recent report from Project South and Georgia Detention Watch highlights such issues at the Atlanta […]

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Ten most popular blog posts on CSII's Immigrant Integration Wire

At the start of a this semester, we are reminded of the founding of this blog in the fall of 2016 as a new platform for cutting-edge immigrant integration research and relevant data.

Immigrants and Native-Born Americans Get the Job Done – Together

The power of the U.S. workforce is that both native- and foreign-born workers complement one another with different and equally needed skill sets. They cannot simply be substituted for one another. They each possess different degrees of proficiency in English, levels of formal education, and job experience. Unfortunately, the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) […]

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Little Ease: Undocumented in America 2018

AILA member Margaret O'Donnell describes changes being made to immigration policy that negatively impact American families, offering a real client example to highlight how uncertain the future has become.

John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

The United States Senate and Republican Party lost one of their biggest champions for bipartisan immigration reform and most vocal critics of President Trump’s immigration policies when Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ) passed away at the age of 81 last week. While McCain will largely be remembered for his 32-year career in the Senate […]

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Government Emails Show Trump Was Determined to Terminate TPS Despite the Facts

Over the past year, the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six countries, putting more than 300,000 mostly long-residing immigrants at risk of deportation. Newly released documents reveal that U.S. government officials determined to terminate TPS ignored evidence produced by their own agencies in a rush to end the program. Staff were ordered […]

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Asylum Seekers Challenge Spending Months Locked Up Without Interviews or Bond Hearings

Earlier this year, the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at punishing immigrants, including asylum seekers, who enter the United States without authorization. Among its many inhumane effects, this policy is leaving asylum seekers to languish in detention for weeks or months without the opportunity to present their asylum claims or request release […]

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Join the Fight to Restore USCIS’s Mission and Ensure Immigration Court Independence!

In this blog post, Media Advocacy Committee Member Katie Sarreshteh highlights AILA's August Campaign and urges members to help AILA's efforts "to realign USCIS with its congressional mandate and ensure judicial independence in our immigration courts."

Government Coerced Parents into Signing Their Rights Away Before Being Reunited with Their Children

In all the chaos of family separation, another disturbing detail has come to light: immigration officials may have coerced vulnerable parents into signing away their right to be reunified with their children. In a complaint filed on Thursday with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, organizations allege that Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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