by on February 24, 2018
In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico. Artificial intelligence software will comb through the social media accounts of immigrants seeking to enter the country. U.S. Border Patrol agents wa...
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by on February 15, 2018
The Senate failed at several attempts to pass different solutions to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alongside bolstered border security on Thursday, effectively ending debate on the issue for the foreseeable future. The White House threatened to veto the bipartisan amendments in a telephone briefing with reporters, calling the proposal from the so-called Common Sense Coalition dead on arrival. A White House official also said they were requesting that Senate offices...
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by on February 15, 2018
The Senate has been at a partisan standstill over how to address legal protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and bolster immigration enforcement, but now there's a bipartisan glimmer of hope.  A group of 16 lawmakers announced late Wednesday they had come to an agreement on legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the group known as DREAMers. In exchange, the bill would provide $25 billion to strengthen the southern border with Mexico, lim...
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by on February 12, 2018
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested an asylum seeker during his actual asylum interview in San Francisco last week—something his lawyer says is completely unprecedented. Omer Abdelmaed was arrested last Thursday, moments after a two-hour asylum interview at the San Francisco branch of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office. There, he had been asked to recount why he fears returning to Sudan, according to his attorney, Caleb Arring. Arring told local st...
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by on February 10, 2018
Last month, the White House released a statement portraying Barbara Jordan, the late civil rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as an immigration restrictionist.  The message is an enticing one for anti-immigrant groups and fits alongside their promotion of dated statements made by labor leaders who once opposed immigration: here are traditionally liberal leaders who represent traditionally liberal constituencies arguing for the restri...
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by on February 10, 2018
Protesters rallying for a DACA bill on Capitol Hill last December. Economist Francesc Ortega says the economy would benefit if Congress protected "Dreamers" from deportation.  THE ISSUE There are approximately 3 million residents of the United States who were brought here as children and whose parents do not have legal residence. These DREAMers account for 1.3 percent of the population. About 1.6 million of these individuals meet the eligibility requirements for DACA, the Deferred Ac...
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by on February 9, 2018
Or getting insured through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or getting assistance to heat their homes. The Trump administration is working on new rules that would allow the government to keep immigrants from settling in the US, or even keep them from extending their stays, if their families had used a broad swath of local, state, or federal social services to which they’re legally entitled — even enrolling their US-born children in Head Start or the Children’s Health Insurance...
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by on February 9, 2018
More than 100 public defenders -- attorneys for people who can't afford lawyers -- walked out Thursday in protest of their clients getting detained by federal immigration officers. The civil disobedience happened at the courthouse in the Bronx, with the attorneys saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement has adopted new standard operating procedures under President Donald Trump. "I don't know what to do right now," said Zaquera Lanier, whose husband was taken away before her eyes. "...
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by on February 8, 2018
In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York State Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, stands with Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, D-Manhattan, and other members of the New York Assembly on Monday, urging legislators to pass the New York State DREAM Act during a news conference in Albany. The measure, which is separate from federal legislation and wou...
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by on January 29, 2018
Ravi Ragbir (c.) is pictured with hundreds of supporters as he arrives for his annual check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March 2017 A federal judge ordered immigration activist Ravi Ragbir be released from custody on Monday, granting him a temporary reprieve from deportation to his native Trinidad and Tobago. In a seven-page decision, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Katherine Forrest wrote that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had violated Ragbir’s rights to d...
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by on January 28, 2018
MAGA Is No More Than a Hollow Nationalistic Slogan The terror and the shame. Government-sanctioned discrimination has always been a tool to establish the superiority of one group of people over another. Whether it’s making a minority wear a certain piece of clothing or setting aside designated areas for them to live, eat or ride the bus. The goal is to constantly remind the oppressed that they are different and worthless. At the same time, it allows the ruling group to rally aro...
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by on January 27, 2018
  The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. The source of the data is not named in the contract, but an ICE representative said the data came from Vigilant Sol...
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