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May 21, 2024

OK Immigration Law Faces Lawsuits

Jordan Gerard, The Oklahoman, May 21, 2024 "In a war of words and threats of litigation, Oklahoma's new anti-immigration law faces two potential lawsuits. The U.S. Department of Justice addressed a May 15 letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Gentner Drummond saying the federal government intends to file a lawsuit to stop the enforcement unless Oklahoma agrees in advance not to take such action. The...

May 20, 2024

A Match Made in New York: Job Openings and Immigrants

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, May 17, 2024 "New York has over 470,000 open jobs across all sectors. The health care industry is still reeling from the pandemic, when 20% of all health care workers left the field. The number of jobs available in that field is outpacing the number of people available to fill them. According to a report from the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Albany , there...

May 17, 2024

Two-Thirds of Court Asylum Applicants Found Legally Entitled to Remain

TRAC, May 17, 2024 "The latest Immigrant Court records show that over the past decade (FY 2014 to April 2024) Immigration Judges have adjudicated just over one million removal cases in which the immigrant filed an asylum application. Out of these 1,047,134 cases, Judges determined that 685,956 immigrants were legally entitled to remain in the United States because they merited asylum or another form of relief from...

May 17, 2024

‘The Case for Open Borders’: A Book Review from the Banks of the Rio Grande

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, May 16, 2024 "John Washington’s new book attempts to break open the political discourse on borders, showing us that another world is possible."

May 17, 2024

DHS, DOJ Hope to Speed Up Immigration Court Docket

DHS, May 16, 2024 "Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new Recent Arrivals (RA) Docket process to more expeditiously resolve immigration cases of certain noncitizen single adults who attempt to cross irregularly between ports of entry at the Southwest border. This effort will allow DHS and DOJ to more swiftly impose consequences, including removal...

May 17, 2024

Increased Legal Immigration Boosts American Wealth, Freedom, Safety

David J. Bier, Congressional testimony, Apr. 16, 2024 "For nearly half a century, the Cato Institute has produced original research showing that a freer, more orderly, and more lawful immigration system makes the United States a wealthier, freer, and safer place to live. Our view is inspired by America’s founding principles: in a free society, people, whatever their background, ancestry, or birthplace, are...

May 17, 2024

Immigrant Veterans in the United States

Jeanne Batalova, MPI, May 9, 2024 "Immigrants have served in the U.S. military since the nation’s founding. Their share of overall military enlistment has fluctuated over time in response to recruitment needs and other factors, yet the foreign born have been a constant presence in the U.S. armed forces. As of 2022, nearly 731,000 U.S. veterans had been born outside the United States, representing 4.5 percent...

May 15, 2024

A Century Later, Restrictive 1924 U.S. Immigration Law Has Reverberations in Immigration Debate

Muzaffar Chishti and Julia Gelatt, MPI, May 15, 2024 "The Immigration Act of 1924 shaped the U.S. population over the course of the 20th century, greatly restricting immigration and ensuring that arriving immigrants were mostly from Northern and Western Europe. It closed the door on almost all new Asian immigration and shut out most European Jews and other refugees fleeing fascism and the horrors of the Holocaust...

May 15, 2024

America’s Misunderstood Border Crisis, in 8 Charts

Nicole Narea, Vox, May 12, 2024 "For all the attention on the border, the root causes of migration and the most promising solutions to the US’s broken immigration system are often overlooked."

May 14, 2024

“Unbuild Walls”: Detention Watch’s Silky Shah on Debunking Immigration Myths & Embracing Abolition

Democracy Now! - May 14, 2024 "Amid an intensifying crackdown on asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to the author of the new book Unbuild Walls: Why Immigrant Justice Needs Abolition about U.S. immigration policy under the Biden administration. Author Silky Shah is the executive director of Detention Watch Network and a longtime immigration rights advocate whose new book aims to “debunk the...

May 12, 2024

Feds, Groups Sue Iowa

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Iowa Regarding Unconstitutional State Immigration Law Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit to Block Iowa’s Unconstitutional SF 2340

May 10, 2024

Expert: Biden Between a "Rock and a Hard Place" on Asylum

Aline Barros, VOA, May , 2024 "President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a new regulation to expedite the asylum claims process for specific migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, but the plan drew objections from both immigrant advocates and administration critics. ... The Biden administration is between “a rock and a hard place,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr , a professor of immigration law at Cornell Law...

May 10, 2024

CBP FOIA Lawsuit Filed

CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT CENTER, AL OTRO LADO and TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT v. CBP "This is an action seeking to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, et seq. Defendant CBP has failed to abide by FOIA’s...

May 10, 2024

Lawsuit Challenges Iowa's State Deportation Law

AIC, May 9, 2024 "Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, a membership-based immigration legal services and advocacy organization, and two Iowa residents challenge Iowa’s new criminal reentry and removal law, Senate File 2340. S.F. 2340 attempts to replace federal immigration law and set up an independent, punitive state immigration scheme. S.F.2340 purports to give Iowa state officials broad power to arrest,...

May 08, 2024

Immigrant America: A Portrait

UCI, May 7, 2024 "In their newly released edition of Immigrant America: A Portrait (University of California Press), UCI Distinguished Professor of sociology Rubén G. Rumbaut and Alejandro Portes of both Princeton University and the University of Miami, provide their fifth decennial update of the "permanently unfinished" story of immigration to the U.S. A modern classic, considered foundational...

May 08, 2024

MALDEF Sues Credit Union for Denying Loan to DACA Recipient

MALDEF, May 3, 2024 "A Latino civil rights organization filed a class-action lawsuit today against a Southern California credit union for unlawfully denying a loan to a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient on the basis of his immigration status. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) filed the suit challenging the lending practices of Kinecta Credit Union on behalf of...

May 07, 2024

How to Make Immigration Popular Through Demonstrably Beneficial Policies

This Week in Immigration: Episode 169, May 07, 2024 " In this week’s episode, BPC Senior Advisor Theresa Cardinal Brown and Senior Policy Analyst Jack Malde chat with Alexander Kustov , an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte . We discuss Professor Kustov’s research on how we might, or might not, be able to shift public opinion in the United States...

May 07, 2024

Could Thomas Jefferson Get a Visa?

Cyrus D. Mehta and Jessica Paszko, May 7, 2024 Can a Renaissance Person Ever Qualify for a US Visa Classification? "Surely, USCIS would be hard-pressed to find that any one of the men who contributed to the founding of our great nation did not possess “extraordinary ability,” but would it draw the same conclusion about each of our Founding Fathers in the early days of their careers when their extraordinary...

May 07, 2024

Elections Have Consequences: Predicting and Preparing for US Immigration Changes

Angelo A. Paparelli, Manish Daftari, My 2024 "As federal and state elections in November 2024 draw near, mobility leaders face the prospect of major policy and programmatic changes to US immigration programs and requirements. The focus of any new laws or executive actions (that is, the degree to which they will reflect hostility to, or a welcoming of, noncitizen workers) predictably depends on which candidates...

May 06, 2024

Expert: Many DACA Holders Eligible for Obamacare

Kimberly Adams, Marketplace, May 6, 2024 "The Biden administration is expanding health care access for “dreamers,” those who are covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The Department of Health and Human Services has finalized rules , first announced a year ago, which will allow DACA recipients to participate in the Obamacare exchanges, something they weren’t...

May 03, 2024

California’s Alien Land Laws

Sara Rimer, EJI, May 3, 2024 "... On May 3, 1913, California enacted the Alien Land Law, designed to deny Japanese families their foothold in America by denying them the right to own land. The law was tightened in 1920 and 1927 to bar Asian immigrants, their American-born children, and even corporations run by Asian immigrants from leasing and owning land. The penalty for conspiring to evade the law was up to two...

May 03, 2024

DOJ Warns It Will Sue If Iowa Tries To Enforce Its New Immigration Law

Galen Bacharier, Des Moines Register, May 3, 2024 "The U.S. Department of Justice will sue Iowa to block a new immigration law criminalizing "illegal reentry" if it remains in effect, a top DOJ official wrote to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Attorney General Brenna Bird Thursday. In a letter obtained by the Des Moines Register, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton wrote that the department...

May 02, 2024

Expert: Courts Could Block Trump's Border Plans

Sophia Bollag, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 30, 2024 "Former President Donald Trump says he will compel local police to enforce federal immigration law if he’s reelected, which would put him in direct conflict with California laws passed during his presidency prohibiting police from doing just that. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration law professor at Cornell University, said if Trump tries the same...

May 02, 2024

“We Couldn’t Wait” - Digital Metering at the US-Mexico Border

HRW, May 1, 2024 "The administrations of US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are forcing thousands of people seeking asylum in the US to wait for months in Mexico, exposing them to danger, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 68-page report, “We Couldn’t Wait: Digital Metering at the US-Mexico Border,” details how the Biden...

May 02, 2024

Video: Marielena Hincapié Interviews Jonathan Blitzer

eCornell Keynotes, May 1, 2024 "In this discussion, Marielena Hincapié, Distinguished Immigration Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Cornell Law School, interviews Jonathan Blitzer, staff writer at The New Yorker and immigration expert, on his recently published book Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here: The United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis . They will discuss how the politics and policy of...