Study: Providing Representation for Indigent Immigrants Could Pay for Itself
Facing enormous backlogs and overcrowded dockets, immigration judges are forced to make split-second decisions about a person’s future in the United States. Counsel is necessary to help ensure a fair resolution and effective adjudication of the proceedings. A new report shows that a federal program to provide representation for indigent immigrants facing deportation could pay for itself.
Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report 
Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more than an opportunity to drag out every nativist, anti-immigrant myth or misleading data point members could find.
Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations
A string of new reports and analysis have resulted in competing story lines around the deportation numbers. The question of whether current policies are indiscriminate and inhumane, or whether the Obama administration is ignoring the law and “can’t be trusted” are dominating the politics around the immigration debate today.
The U.S. Deportation System’s Human Toll
The injustice of the U.S. deportation machine is apparent in many ways. There are the senseless deportations of people whose worst offense was a traffic ticket. There is the tearing apart of families as wives are separated from husbands, children from parents—not to mention the impact on communities within which those families live. And there are the big businesses that profit from the “detention” (imprisonment) of immigrants who are waiting to be deported, or waiting to hear if their appeals will save them.
This Week at the American Immigration Council: