Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:21 am
This week, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released "Immigration Enforcement in the U.S.: the Rise of a Formidable Machinery," which reports that more than $18 billion federal tax dollars were spent on immigration enforcement last year. Also, earlier this month, MPI released "International Protection for a Newly Surfacing Refugee Community," which reports on refugees who have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation. Learn more.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:00 am
On January 14th, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) will host a national teleconference and webinar to discuss the developing field strategy for immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress. The webinar will include analysis of recent announcements by the Administration, legislative updates, state and local updates, voices from the field, and a discussion about coordination and grassroots strategy. Please join HIAS and the IIC for this opportunity to learn how you can get involved in pushing for legislative reform. Contact
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 10:26 am
The final rule posted in the Federal Register establishes a new process for certain individuals to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers without leaving the United States. This change allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States and are seeking permanent residence to apply for and receive provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the U.S. for consular processing of their immigrant visa applications abroad. This new process will reduce the amount of time
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 10:22 am
The Migration Policy Institute has highlighted the top ten migration issues in 2012. Among them are the Obama Administration's issuance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides a two-year reprieve from deportation for eligible unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Also included are the surge of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. in 2012 and the results of the 2012 election and polls indicating that the majority of voters support giving most unauthorized immigrants
Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 16:54 pm
The Religious Action of Reform Judaism just posted a blog by HIAS' Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy Liza Lieberman in which she outlines both HIAS' top priorities related to immigration reform and explains how people can contribute.
Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:57 am
Black immigrants currently make up about 8% of the foreign born population in the United States, numbering 3 million people. However, as one of the smaller immigrant groups compared to Asians and Latinos, they don't figure prominently in conversations about immigration reform. This group is extremely diverse, coming from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Canada, with most arriving as legal permanent residents based on their family ties and 30% coming as refugees from Africa. The Migration Policy Institute recently published
Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:56 am
Of the 950,000 people who became immediately eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), 39% have applied in just four months. The Center for American Progress published an infographic showing the statistics for requests submitted and approved as well as information on how the process works. Check out the infographic.
John Lennon's Immigration Attorney's Work in the 1970s Influenced President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ProgramAdvocacy Updates
Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:39 am
Immigration attorney Leon Wildes represented John Lennon and Yoko Ono throughout their immigration trial in the 1970s and helped them fight deportation. Central to Wildes' argument was documentation proving that the government had overlooked other deportation cases and quietly granted a form of deferred action. Wildes' work exposed the standards upon which President Obama's administration built the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States to stay in the country.
Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:38 am
Republican Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina was chosen as the chairman of the House's immigration subcommittee on Tuesday. Gowdy currently serves on the subcommittee, which considers an array of immigration issues including border security, immigration policy, naturalization, admission of refugees, and international agreements and treaties. Chairman-elect of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), stated "as Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, Representative Gowdy will play a leading role on immigration reform which is a top
Posted by Shaina Ward on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 15:16 pm
On December 5th, Human Rights First hosted a panel discussion at the Newseum in Washington, DC that presented a range of views on what is needed to reform the nation's immigration system. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Thomas F. McLarty of McLarty Associates, James W. Ziglar of the Migration Policy Institute, and Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations participated in the event. Thomas McLarty noted that irregular crossings at the U.S.-Mexico
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