Tag Archives: policy

What a Trump Presidency May Look Like for Immigration

Many people across the United States and around the world are still in shock from the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election this week. The Trump Administration will no doubt have significant impacts on many people in the U.S. and internationally, particularly vulnerable and marginalized populations, and that impact will undoubtedly extend to immigrants and […]

How they stack up – Part I: Comparing the immigration policies of nominees for U.S. President and their Parties

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This post is the first in a three-part series […]

Children of Men: The European refugee crisis is a European crisis of conscience

By P.J. Marcelino, with Maria João Ferreira and Natalia Lippmann Mazzaglia (This blog post is based on the authors’ chapter titled ‘Liminality and Migrant Decision-Making in the Aftermath of the Political and Refugee Crises in the Mediterranean, 2010-2013’, published in the book Understanding Migrant Decisions, Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom, Eds. Routledge 2016. Special thanks […]

Amid Failed “Re-Nationalization” Efforts, Tens of Thousands of Longstanding Dominican Nationals Fear Mass Deportation

By Seth Garfinkel For many, the Dominican Republic is a luxury vacation destination with cruise ships, all-inclusive beach resorts, and a training ground for Major League Baseball. But off the pitching mounds and outside the gated hotels, conflict troubles the Caribbean island. With the implementation of an immigration policy that human rights groups see as […]

Lessons and Concerns: The Differences Between the Response to Unaccompanied Child Migrants in 2014 and 2015

During the summer of 2014, the United States saw an unprecedented number of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border without their parents. U.S Customs and Border Protection reports a 48 percent decrease in Southwest Border apprehensions of unaccompanied child migrants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 compared to from FY 2014. While this is a […]

U.S. Immigration Courts Stretched to Breaking Point, With No Relief in Sight

With a greater number of cases awaiting adjudication than ever before, there is a due process crisis in U.S. immigration courts.  While challenges within the system have been growing for years, recent systemic changes implemented after the arrival of record numbers of Central American children last year have only exacerbated existing problems.  It is unclear […]

Love, Lies and Borderlines

Many years ago, a friend in Europe told me her brother was about to commit marriage fraud. Only we would never have called it that. We were in our 20s and thought it compassionate and noble, not fraudulent, that a gay man was marrying a straight female friend to secure her status in a certain […]

White House Releases Recommendations for Federal Immigrant Integration Strategy

While there has been growing momentum at the local level around place-based immigrant and refugee integration efforts in recent years, there hasn’t been an official coordinated effort for a federal immigrant integration strategy. That changed this week when the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to […]

IDNYC: The Route to Identity and Inclusion

As the federal government of the United States continues to stall on reforming the existing immigration system, individual states are taking it upon themselves to create new programs and services that meet the needs of their population. Significant media attention has focused on states such as Maryland or California that have issued driver’s licenses to residents without […]

Protections for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children Are At Risk, Again

Juan journeyed to the United States from his native El Salvador at the age of 13 after experiencing years of familial neglect and threats from armed gang members.  When Juan was an infant, his father abandoned him and his mother, claiming that Juan was not his son and refusing to have any further contact with […]