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The Way We Count Green Cards

"Now is the time to change the way America counts green card numbers. Congress is presently debating comprehensive immigration reform and grand events are likely to reshape the legal landscape. Yet, at such a seminal moment we ought not lose sight of the value of technical modifications that can...

Immigration Quota Reform: Waste Not, Want Not

"[I]mmigrant visa quota numbers evaporate without a trace rather than linger in the environment. Every September 30, all unused immigrant visas for that fiscal year disappear. Moreover, unless Congress intervenes, nothing can be done to recapture a green card lost because immigration bureaucrats...

Application Deluge for H-1B Visas Forces Lottery

"American companies are so eager to hire highly skilled foreign workers that a cap on new visas has been reached within a matter of days. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Friday that it has received more than 85,000 applications from employers seeking visas for computer programmers...

Detention Quota Holds Firm Despite Decline in Illegal Immigration

"As Congress weighs sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system, one thing is unlikely to change: a requirement that the government lock up more undocumented immigrants than it says is necessary. Despite tight budgets and declining illegal immigration, Congress requires the Department of Homeland...

Controversial quota drives immigration detention boom

"In the past five years, Homeland Security officials have jailed record numbers of immigrants, driven by a little-known congressional directive known on Capitol Hill as the “bed mandate.” The policy requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep an average of 34,000...

Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full

"Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people the police had to keep in jail each night. Sort of like a quota for traffic tickets, only it's a quota for human detentions. That's effectively what Congress has told ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency...

Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet

"A new report, “ Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet ” released today by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores and exposes the depth of local lockup quotas in immigrant detention across 15 facilities in half of ICE’s...