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A California Conversation About Immigration

Aug 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Headline News

  The premise of the Talking Across Borders project is that progress will come when we figure out how to talk about the issue with civility — and the warring sides at least listen to the concerns of people with whom they disagree. Making that conversation happen is the mission of Spaceship Media, a Bay […]

John Oliver Highlights Issues of Trump’s Plans to expand the Border Patrol

Aug 7th, 2017 | By | Category: Headline News

On the latest episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Emmy award winning host John Oliver gave viewers an in depth look into the border patrol. The segment focused on the agents who guard our southern borders and revealed a number of issues including the hiring process. The story aired after news on President Trump signing an […]

Targeted ICE Raids Surge After Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Block on Travel Ban

Feb 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Headline News

Washington, DC–Week Three of Trump’s presidency continues to deliver blows to the immigrant community, as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) launched a series of “targeted enforcement operations” across the United States. Specifically, there is an escalation in immigration raids in these seven states: California, Georgia, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Business As […]

Understanding President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Jan 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Headline News

President Trump completed his first full week in office with another Executive Order. The American Immigration Council reported that order was the Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, halts all refugee admissions for at least four months and bans entry into the United States for nationals of at least seven Muslim-majority countries […]

USCIS Announces Final Rule Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees

Oct 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Headline News

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today a final rule published in the Federal Register today adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective Dec. 23, 2016. According to USCIS: USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires […]

With the Immigration Court’s Rocket Docket Many Unrepresented Families Quickly Ordered Deported

Oct 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Headline News

At the end of September 2016, according to very timely Immigration Court records obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) show that a total of 38,601 cases on the court’s “rocket docket” involving “adults with children” (AWC) have been decided by immigration judges since July of 2014. Two years ago the Immigration […]

NBC Comedy Superstore Features First Undocumented Asian Character

Aug 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Headline News

Season 2 of Superstore revealed that the character “Mateo” is an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines, the first network TV sitcom character to be Asian and undocumented. According to Define America NBC broke some serious ground on the premiere of season 2 of the sitcom, “Superstore.” Mateo, a gay character from the Philippines, discovers that […]

Political Promises Not to Deport Children. Should We Cheer?

Mar 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Headline News

Julianne Hing writes in The Nation: Univision anchor Jorge Ramos got what he came for at last Wednesday night’s Democratic debate. After aggressive questioning, Ramos compelled both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to pledge not to deport children if either is elected president. The candidates made news with this stunning campaign commitment, that’s for sure. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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