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NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status

Gov. Cuomo, Sept. 15, 2017 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law...

TX Ct. Crim. App. Extends Padilla Coverage: Ex Parte Aguilar

Ex Parte Aguilar, Sept. 20, 2017 - "[W]hen a conviction automatically triggers a loss of status which, in turn, renders a defendant presumptively removable, Padilla applies. ... [P]lea counsel negotiated a plea agreement for a state-jail felony and incorrectly advised Aguilar that the plea would...

Experts: Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Could Be Key Vote on Immigration Cases

UC Davis School of Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Cornell Law School Professor of Immigration Law Practice Stephen W. Yale-Loehr share their thoughts on how Justice Neil Gorsuch's views could affect two big immigration cases now pending at the Supreme Court, Sessions v. Dimaya (to be argued Monday...

White House Sets Immigration Reform Markers (Updated; Annotated)

On October 8, 2017 the White House released several documents related to immigration, including: Immigration Principles and Policies Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities, Executive Summary Securing the Border by Deterring and Swiftly Removing Illegal Entrants Enforce Immigration...

David Isaacson on the SUCCEED Act

David Isaacson, Oct. 10, 2017 - "Following the Trump Administration’s decision in September to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program , President Trump suggested in a Tweet that Congress should “legalize DACA” within the next six months . There have been...

Expert Jan Pederson: Immigrants Could Ease Growing Psychiatrist Shortage

Laura D. Francis, BNA, Oct. 19, 2017 - "More than 60 percent of U.S. counties, including 80 percent of rural counties, don’t have a single psychiatrist, according to a report from New American Economy provided exclusively to Bloomberg Law. In those rural counties, 590 psychiatrists serve more...

Expert: Texas Abortion Case Raised Constitutional 'Gray Area' in Immigration Law

Politico, Oct. 24, 2017 - "A federal appeals court has ruled that an undocumented pregnant minor being held in a federally-funded shelter in Texas can receive an abortion. ... If the teen had been in the United States for a long time or had come in legally, her right to an abortion would be harder...

Will White House Immigration Wish List Tank Emerging DREAMer Momentum in Congress?

Muzaffar Chishti, Jessica Bolter, and Sarah Pierce, MPI, Oct. 19, 2017 - "Will the Trump administration’s lengthy wish list of restrictive immigration proposals sent to Congress earlier this month upset growing bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill to provide protection to unauthorized immigrants...

Expert: Diversity Visa Controversy Calls into Question All Immigration Quotas

Sintia Radu, U.S. News, Nov. 10, 2017 - ""What is the right amount and the right type of immigration for the Unites States?" asks Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University . ... [I]t is difficult to assess the impact of the visa lottery on low-skill immigration...

Cleveland Fed President: USA Needs More Immigration to Save Economy

Jeff Cox, CNBC, Nov. 16, 2017 - "The U.S. economy faces higher deficits, reduced government benefits and near-zero interest rates unless policymakers act aggressively, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said Thursday. In a speech to the Cato Institute in Washington, Mester painted a bleak...

Asylum Representation Rates Have Fallen Amid Rising Denial Rates

TRAC, Nov. 28, 2017 - "Very recent Immigration Court records reveal that during FY 2017 asylum decisions were up sharply. A total of 30,179 cases were decided by judges last year, a marked increase from 22,312 cases in FY 2016. This is the largest number of asylum cases decided in any one year since...

L.A. Defense Fund for Immigrants Gets Underway

Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC, Nov. 30, 2017 - "Money to help immigrants fight deportation will be distributed to legal nonprofits from a $10 million defense fund set up with public money from the city and county of Los Angeles and private philanthropic contributions. Grants from the L.A. Justice...

Attorney General Sessions Pushes for 'Timely and Efficient' Immigration Courts

DOJ Press Release, Dec. 6, 2017 - Attorney General Sessions Issues Memo Outlining Principles to Ensure That the Adjudication of Immigration Cases Serves the National Interest Memo - Renewing our Commitment to the Timely and Efficient Adjudication of Immigration Cases to Serve the National Interest...

Immigration Prisoners Subjected to Strip Searches, Moldy Food, Intimidation: DHS OIG Report

DHS OIG, Dec. 14, 2017 - "A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report is based on recent unannounced OIG inspections...

Wages and High-Skilled Immigration: How the Government Calculates Prevailing Wages and Why It Matters

Amy Nice, AIC, Dec. 14, 2017 - "When U.S. employers hire H-1B workers,* one key element of the process is determining what wages those workers will earn, and how those wages compare to the wages of U.S. workers** performing similar jobs within normal commuting distance of the proposed work site...

Family ("Chain") Migration Led To John Tu's Billion Dollar Company

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Dec. 19, 2017 - "John Tu created wealth, shared that wealth with his employees and demonstrated people can achieve the American Dream while also fulfilling the dreams of others."

Immigration and Albertville, Alabama

This American Life, Dec. 8, 2017 - "We spent eight months and did over a hundred interviews to try to bypass the usual rhetoric and get to the bottom of what really happened when undocumented workers showed up in one Alabama town." Part Two The Economist's Report

How 4 Key Elements Of Immigration Policy Changed In 2017

Shannon Dooling, WBUR, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The issue of immigration continues to grip the country — and capture headlines — in a year when President Trump's campaign promises turned into policy. We followed how four key elements of immigration policy changed, and how those changes directly...

Feds to Step Up Immigration Enforcement at Job Sites in 2018

Daniel Connolly, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The federal government plans to increase job site immigration enforcement actions across Tennessee in 2018, said Robert Hammer, a high-ranking enforcement official. Workplace immigration investigations will likely focus on "critical infrastructure...

UCLA Scholars Study the President's Intent on Immigrants

Celeste Gómez, Kimberly Cerón, Oscar Gaytán, Julia Isais, John Hernández, Susan Figueroa, Andy Aguiar, Carolina Armenta, Jennifer Bartelheim, Luís Ceja, Janet Chamu, Nicole Contreras, Fernanda Corral, Diana Adame, Ismael De Anda, Jazmín De La Torre, Victor Dealba...

More Lawsuits Filed Against Private Immigration Prisons

Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 30, 2017 - "Immigrants in detention in San Diego are suing a private prison company, alleging exploitation and forced labor that their attorneys say breaks human trafficking laws. The class-action lawsuit , filed Wednesday in San Diego federal court...

Expert: Family-Based Immigration Brings 'Drive and Entrepreneurial Spirit' to U.S.A.

Mica Rosenberg, Reuters, Jan. 4, 2018 - "President Donald Trump is ramping up calls on the U.S. Congress to stop legal immigrants from sponsoring extended family members who want to move to the United States, saying so-called “chain migration” poses a threat to national security. .....

Op-Ed: Changes to Family-Based Immigration Attack Bedrock Values - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski, Jan. 4, 2018 - "At this time of year, those of us with healthy families are comforted by the strength and security we find in their fold. Much of our local, state and federal laws revolve around strengthening and protecting families. Since LBJ signed the modern Immigration...

Revanchist Immigration: The Aftermath of “Buy American, Hire American” - Angelo A. Paparelli

Angelo A. Paparelli, Jan. 4, 2018 - " “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” ~ An unidentified U.S. major, referring to the February 7, 1968 bombing of the South Vietnamese town of Ben Tre that killed hundreds of noncombatants, as recounted by Associated Press reporter...

Tom Gjelten on Truman, LBJ, Trump, Visa Quotas and Family-Based Migration

Tom Gjelten, NPR, Jan. 13, 2018 - "This [quota] system violated the basic principle of American democracy, the principle that values and rewards each man on the basis of his merit as a man," Johnson declared as he signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 in the shadow of the Statue...