Category: Immigration/Deportation

The Weaponized Census

Beyond hurting liberal states, cities, and districts, the other political effects will be in the exact arena in which the DOJ claims it will be using the new citizenship question: redistricting. The courts have held that redistricting and congressional apportionment be done by total population—not by citizen population—and a weaker dataset also weakens that constitutional mandate.

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In ‘complete victory’ for Los Angeles, judge rules DOJ can’t tie funding to cooperation with ICE

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is hell-bent on rigging the immigration courts against immigrants and due process, but in the courtrooms out of his clutches, he continues to lose:

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled this week that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot withhold public safety, policing grants in so-called “sanctuary cities” where local law enforcement officials can choose not to turn over suspected undocumented immigrants in custody over to federal immigration authorities.

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IMMIGRATION TOOLKIT

Sanctuary really is an idea central to the formation of the United States, but an inviolate idea common to all people. Hospitals, mosques, temples, churches, synagogues, cemeteries, homeless shelters, schools – all are supposed to be safe places of refuge, and to violate the principles of a nation of immigrants or the sanctity of a sanctuary, is a violation of our own humanity.

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ICE spokesman resigns, citing fabrications by agency chief and Sessions about California immigrant arrests

Sessions, Homan and President Trump sharply criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) for issuing a public warning in late February about an imminent ICE raid throughout the region. At the time, Schaaf said she wanted to protect “law-abiding” immigrants from “the constant threat of arrest and deportation.”

Schwab also criticized the mayor’s warning as “misguided,” but he told Fox affiliate KTVUafter resigning that ICE ended up capturing 232 suspected undocumented immigrants — even more than officials had originally expected. About half of the people picked up had felonies or misdemeanors on their records, officials say.

In the raid’s aftermath, officials in Washington had repeatedly suggested that hundreds of criminals had escaped because of the mayor’s actions.

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SCOTUS: DACA Recipients Can Stay for Now

KNOCKING AWAY A cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s immigration plan, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the president’s request to go forward with the deportation of children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

After at least two days of deliberation, the high court refused to overturn a lower-court ruling which stops Trump from repealing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – an Obama-era federal program allowing those children and young adults to legally stay in the country under certain conditions.

By denying the request for an emergency ruling, the justices likely have kept Trump from meeting next week’s deadline to begin deporting DACA recipients, whose fates now hinge on the twin lawsuits civil rights advocates filed after the president announced he would undo DACA. The high court also gave the young people a big reprieve of sorts: It could take between several months and as long as a year for the court cases to be resolved.

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Mark Meadows’ Immigration Update

Transylvania Indivisible makes an effort to maintain a non-partisan stance, but I cannot allow this position to pass without comment. Mr. Meadows’ contention that he is fulfilling a promise made and based on the the wishes of the American people is made lie by the actual feelings of the American people, as reported by The Hill on January 14 this year: “The CBS News poll, released Sunday, shows 70 percent of Americans favor allowing those who benefit from the program, often known as “Dreamers,” to stay in the country.” 

Mr. Meadows, like most politicians, is addicted to telling us, the people, how we feel. My wife taught me doing so is a losing proposition with no relationship to reality and no possible good outcome. The same can be said of Mr. Meadows’ posturing. He expresses his own feelings about brown people and their families from our southern border, and passes them off as a reflection of the American public. I call BS.

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Call to Action: Schumer and the Democrats Have Abandoned Dreamers

The Dream Act fight isn’t over — but it gets a lot tougher from here. Senator Schumer and the Democrats traded away a lot of their leverage, and Trump is in a much stronger position than he was last week. But Indivisible Groups are going to keep sticking with this fight and standing with immigrant youth at risk of deportation.

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  • Family Immigration Policy and Trends: How the United States Compares to Other Countries April 10, 2018
    How does U.S. policy on family migration compare to that of other significant immigrant-receiving countries? MPI experts discuss the trends and policies for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The webinar marks the release of an issue brief that finds family ties predominate even in countries such as Canada […]
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  • It’s Relative: A Crosscountry Comparison of Family-Migration Policies and Flows April 9, 2018
    As policymakers in a number of countries, the United States among them, debate limiting family-based immigration, this issue brief explores family-migration trends and policies in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries. Family admissions play a key role, even in countries that prioritize economic or other immigration streams.
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  • Family Immigration Policy and Trends: How the United States Compares to Other Countries March 29, 2018
    On this webinar, MPI analysts compare U.S. policy on family migration to those in Canada as well as Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This webinar features the findings of an issue brief, focused on these countries' trends and data on immigrant admissions, along with a data tool modeling possible cuts to U.S. […]
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  • Evolution of the H-1B: Latest Trends in a Program on the Brink of Reform March 27, 2018
    Though much attention focuses on the 85,000 temporary high-skilled visas issued each April through a computer-generated lottery, in reality far more H-1B visas are awarded outside the cap. This brief takes stock of changing trends in the program, finding that the largest H-1B dependent employers pay less and hire fewer foreign workers with advanced degrees […]
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  • Even as Congress Remains on Sidelines, the Trump Administration Slows Legal Immigration March 21, 2018
    While much attention has focused on President Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, the administration has moved, via a much wider scope of actions, to reduce legal immigration to the United States. This article explores changes including slowed processing of family- and employment-based visas, dramatic cuts in refugee admissions, and heightened vetting and […]
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  • Immigration Data Matters: How to Find the Most Accurate Resources March 19, 2018
    With immigration increasingly visible in the news and the political space in the United States and internationally, getting access to accurate, high-quality data is essential to understand immigration’s demographic effects and impacts on the economy, education and labor systems, and communities. This event marks the release of the Immigration Data Matters guide.
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  • Immigration Data Matters March 16, 2018
    This useful online guide links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. The easy-to-use guide includes more than 220 data resources compiled by governmental and nongovernmental sources, covering topics ranging from population stock and flow numbers to statistics on enforcement, public opinion, religious affiliation, […]
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  • State and Local Labor Standards Enforcement in Immigrant-Dense Industries March 15, 2018
    This discussion, featuring California's Labor Commissioner and the head of the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation, launched a report that examines state innovations in labor standards enforcement in low-wage, immigrant-dense industries. With wage underpayment, payroll fraud, and other violations widespread in industries such as construction and car-washing, the discussion focused on how targeted enforcement can […]
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  • Strategic Leverage: Use of State and Local Laws to Enforce Labor Standards in Immigrant-Dense Occupations March 13, 2018
    In low-wage industries, from construction to food service, labor-standards violations have become widespread—with major consequences for law-abiding employers, state tax revenue, and native-born and immigrant workers. As the federal government steps back from workplace regulation, this report examines the innovative approaches conservative and liberal states alike are using to enforce labor standards more strategically.
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  • State and Local Labor Standards Enforcement in Immigrant-Dense Industries March 6, 2018
    Marking the release of an MPI report, this discussion focuses on the dynamics in low-wage workplaces and immigration law that have contributed to systematic violations of labor standards and explores new and effective enforcement strategies that state and local governments across the United States are utilizing.
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