Archive for February 2016

Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: Headline News

Maria Godoy on NPR reports on how some openings in the Chinese exclusion laws made the proliferation of Chinese restaurants in the United States possible.  An important exception to the exclusions laws allowed some Chinese business owners in the United States to obtain special merchant visas that allowed them to travel to China, and bring back employees. […]



Fatal Neglect: Report on Deaths in Immigration Detention

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Documents, Immigration, Reform, Research

The American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigrant Justice Center, and Detention Watch Network have issued a report, “Fatal Neglect: How ICE Ignores Deaths in Detention.” The report emphasizes that “there have been 56 deaths in ICE custody during the Obama administration, including six suicides and at least one death after an attempted suicide.”  This particular […]



They Are Refugees: An Increasing Number of People Are Fleeing Violence in the Northern Triangle

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration, Research

A report from the Center for American Progress focuses on violence in Central America. Central America’s Northern Triangle region—made up of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—has gained notoriety in recent years for its extreme levels of organized crime, gang violence, and poverty. As these problems have intensified, the number of people fleeing from the Northern […]



Undocumented Immigrants Pay $11.6 Billion in State and Local Taxes; Contributions Would Substantially Increase Under Reform

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Economy, Immigration, Research

Undocumented immigrants contribute more than $11.6 billion to state and local coffers each year and pay an average 8 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes according to a newly updated 50-state study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). ITEP’s analysis also finds that the combined state and local tax […]



‘Immigrants Are Not Criminals’: Respectability, Immigration Reform, and Hyperincarceration by Rebecca A. Sharpless

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration, Reform, Research

‘Immigrants Are Not Criminals’: Respectability, Immigration Reform, and Hyperincarceration by Rebecca A. Sharpless University of Miami – School of Law April 3, 2015 53 Houston Law Review 691 (2016) Abstract: Mainstream pro-immigrant law reformers advocate for better treatment of immigrants by invoking a contrast with people convicted of a crime. This Article details the harms […]



The Deportation Debate On The Campaign Trail

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Deportation, Immigration, Politics

On the O’Reilly Factor, John Yoo (UC Berkeley) and Stephen Yale-Loehr discuss due process and removals in a Donald Trump or Ted Cruz administration.



Pope Francis Suggests Trump is “Not a Christian” Based on Deportation, Border Wall Policies

Feb 20th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Deportation, Immigration, Petitions, Politics

In the latest news surrounding Pope Francis’s visit to Mexico, the Pope has indicated that Donald Trump’s deportation and border wall policies suggest that he is “not a Christian.” Trump has responded that the Pope’s comments are “disgraceful.”



Justice Dept Describes Immigration Judges as Low-Level Gov’t Employees

Feb 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Headline News

A Politico article describes oral arguments that took place in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation brought by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  In American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Executive Office for Immigration Review, et al., No. 13-840 (D.D.C. filed June 6, 2013), AILA seeks disclosure of the […]



State Misdemeanant, Federal Felon: Adolescent Sexual Offenders and the INA by Michael J. Higdon

Feb 20th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration

State Misdemeanant, Federal Felon: Adolescent Sexual Offenders and the INA by Michael J. Higdon,University of Tennessee College of Law February 8, 2016 Abstract:  At the age of eighteen, Alberto Velasco-Giron had sex with his fifteen-year old girlfriend. As a result, he was deported. To understand how this could happen, we have to back up a […]



Pope Blesses U.S.-Mexico Border

Feb 20th, 2016 | By | Category: America Now, Events, Immigration

Pope Francis traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border this week to offer a blessing. In CNN’s footage, you can see the pope ascending a ramp to overlook the Rio Grande. The crosses before him represent migrants who died in their efforts to reach the United States. After this benediction, Pope Benedict said mass in Ciudad Juarez. […]

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