The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill
On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S. 744, an ambitious, bipartisan comprehensive reform of our immigration system. Although far from perfect, it represented a genuine effort to wrestle with the complex, confusing, and highly emotional train wreck that has become our immigration system. This observation should not diminish the importance of the anniversary, which remains a tribute to what can be accomplished when people work together.
Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight
The House Judiciary Committee’s June 25 hearing was supposed to be about the recent surge in the numbers of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet, thanks to some who sit on the committee and those seated at the witness table, getting at the heart of these matters was like pulling teeth.
Thousands of U.S.-citizen children separated from parents, ICE records show
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records, 72,410 individuals deported in 2013 said they had one or more U.S.-born children. Of those, 39,410 were deported in the first half of calendar year 2013 and the remaining 33,000 in the second half. In other words, in one year alone, many thousands of U.S.-citizen kids were separated from at least one parent. This is yet another example of how the U.S. deportation machine is systematically separating families.
Números oficiales muestran que miles de ciudadanos estadounidenses son separados de sus padres por deportaciones
De acuerdo al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement o ICE), dentro del conjunto de personas que fueron deportadas en 2013 72.410 declararon tener uno o más hijos nacidos en Estados Unidos. De ellos, 39.410 fueron deportados en el primer semestre y los restantes 33.000 en la segunda mitad del año.
Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros
With immigration playing such a clear role in bolstering the populations and local economies in many cities and metropolitan areas, places are identifying effective policies and best practices for immigrant integration.
Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors
The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing entitled, “Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.” Committee members questioned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on the growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border. While Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) warned early not to use this issue and hearing for the purpose of political grandstanding, it was clear from the outset that some members couldn’t help themselves.
Child Refugees from Central America Need Protection, Not Deportation
The truth is that many of the children and adults from Central America who are showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border right now are refugees. The children in particular are being sent here by parents who believe that the children are in imminent danger. Given that being smuggled into the United States can itself end in death, it stands to reason that conditions must be extremely bad for Central American parents to send their children on such a risky journey.