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Asylum Fraud and the Necessity for 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

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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

Fast for Families

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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 […]

Not Just A Number: Repealing the Detention Quota Regime

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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By: James Sellars In 2007, Congress passed a bipartisan appropriations bill that discretely embedded several riders and conditions on federal funding allocations that have had a tremendous effect on immigration proceedings in the United States ever since.  One such provision in the statute firmly requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain a minimum quota […]

Humanitarian Necessity: Obama Administration Designates Exceptions to the Terror Bar

Dept of Homeland Security

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By: James Sellars Coming on the heels of President Obama’s recent State of the Union promise to govern more forcefully through executive directives, the administration has quietly began making it easier for people with tangential connections to terror groups to begin receiving asylum in the United States.  On February 5, 2014, the Departments of Homeland […]

Recent Developments in Particular Social Group Analysis

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

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By: Holly Klein For an individual to gain asylum, he or she must prove that they have been previously persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.  Determinations on four of the protected grounds, race, religion, nationality, and political opinion, […]

Time to fix our immigration courts

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By John Gossart Jr. It remains to be seen whether the United States Congress can muster the responsibility and will to do what is right and achieve comprehensive immigration reform this year. Republican leadership in the House of Representatives continues to hold immigration reform hostage, most recently justifying inaction by blaming President Obama’s alleged track […]

Not Just A Number: Repealing the Detention Quota Regime

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In 2007, Congress passed a bipartisan appropriations bill that discretely embedded several riders and conditions on federal funding allocations that have had a tremendous effect on immigration proceedings in the United States ever since. One such provision in the statute firmly requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain a minimum quota of 34,000 immigrants […]