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Enhancing the Lives of Unaccompanied Minors

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According to CNN, every day, hundreds of unoccupied minors cross the southwest border into the United States via rafts with instructional guides on how to reach the Border Patrol station to surrender in search of a better life. Usually, once at the station, they are given paperwork and admitted into the United States with a […]

Entry Without Inspection Leads to Citizenship Through TPS

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In Ramirez v. Dougherty, the district court for the Western District of Washington, in the Ninth Circuit, held that there was a path to citizenship for an alien from El Salvador who entered the U.S. without having been inspected and admitted or paroled, thus illegally in 1999. The plaintiff had lived in the U.S. for […]

Living in Car Culture Without A License: The Ripple Effects of Withholding Driver’s Licenses from Unauthorized Immigrants

driver's license

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The Immigration Policy Center recently published an article entitled, “Living in Car Culture Without A License: The Ripple Effects of Withholding Driver’s Licenses from Unauthorized Immigrants,” by Sarah E. Hendricks. This timely article examines the culture of cars and mobility that dominates the way of life in the United States and the impacts of restricting […]

Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

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Spouses and children who qualify for dependent nonimmigrant classification of H-1B are eligible for H-4 nonimmigrant visa status. However, unlike the spouses of E and L nonimmigrant visa status holders, H-1B dependent spouses are ineligible to apply for employment authorization. Being ineligible for employment authorization causes huge impact on lives of H-1B spouses as they […]

Governor McAuliffe Statement on In-State Tuition for Virginia DREAMers

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Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following Attorney General Mark Herring’s announcement that Virginia law makes students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, otherwise known as DREAMers, eligible for in-state tuition at Virginia public community colleges and universities: “As I said throughout my campaign, I believe that Virginia children who were […]

Asylum Fraud and the Necessity for Reform

Immigration Reform

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This week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing entitled, “Asylum Fraud:  Abusing America’s Compassion?”. Witnesses testified to members of the committee over the concern that there is an increase in people submitting fraudulent asylum applications attempting to take advantage of a generous system in a country known as a […]

Perceived Trust and Political Tactics

Immigration Reform

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By: Samantha Howland Comprehensive immigration reform continues to plague the U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. society at large. 2013 saw tremendous momentum generated in support of immigration reform. Activists throughout the United States rallied together to pressure Congress to act. In June of 2013 the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity […]

A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System

Migration Policy Institute

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On February 27, 2014, the Migration Policy Institute hosted a panel discussion entitled, “A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System.” The panel was moderated by Kathleen Newland, the co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute and the Director of MPI’s program on Migrants, Migration and Development. The panelists were Elizabeth Dallam, the National […]

USCIS Introduces Form I-910 and Centralizes the Civil Surgeon Application Process

Immigration Reform

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USCIS has implemented a new process to receive and adjudicate applications for civil surgeon designation centrally at the National Benefits Center. This process change requires physicians seeking civil surgeon designation to file a formal application at a USCIS Lockbox. Centralizing the civil surgeon application process will: Improve the application intake process; Enhance USCIS’s ability to […]

Fast For Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship

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By: Samantha Howland A few feet away from the steps of the U.S. Capital, on the National Mall, immigration activists launched” Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.” A variety of leaders and activists, originating from faith groups, workers unions, immigration activists, civic organizations, community groups and others began this effort on […]