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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal


  1. Wider Partisan Divide Over Border Fence Than Path to Legal Status

    by , 10-08-2015 at 01:40 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Media Contact: Bridget Jameson
    202.419.4372, bjameson@pewresearch.org

    On Immigration Policy, Wider Partisan Divide Over Border Fence Than Path to Legal Status
    60% of Public Opposes Ending ‘Birthright Citizenship’

    As immigration emerges as a key issue in the presidential campaign, there is little common ground between Republicans and Democrats in views of several immigration policy proposals. But partisan disagreements are much more pronounced on some issues than others, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center.

    Overall, the public continues to be divided over building a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexican border: 46% favor erecting a fence, while 48% are opposed, little changed from 2011 and 2007.

    A large majority of Republicans (73%) support a border fence, while 23% are opposed. Democrats oppose building a border fence, 66% to 23%. Among independents, 43% favor a border fence, while 52% oppose this idea.

    The survey, conducted September 22-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that most Americans (60%) oppose the idea of changing the U.S. Constitution to prohibit children of those who are not legal residents from becoming citizens; 37% favor changing the Constitution to end “birthright citizenship.”

    Large majorities of those under 30 (71%) and those ages 30-49 (66%) oppose limiting birthright citizenship. Older age groups are more divided: Among those ages 50-64 as many favor (47%) as oppose (48%) this change to the Constitution. Among those 65 and older, 43% favor changing the constitution, while 52% are opposed.

    Republicans and Democrats are far apart on this issue: By 75% to 23%, Democrats oppose changing the Constitution to ban birthright citizenship. Republicans are evenly divided: About half (53%) favor amending the Constitution, while 44% are opposed.

    By contrast, the survey finds that large majorities in both parties continue to favor a way for allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. legally, if certain requirements are met. About two-thirds of Republicans (66%) say people in the U.S. illegally should be allowed to stay if they meet certain requirements, while 32% say they should not be allowed to stay legally. By nearly a factor of five-to-one (80% to 17%), Democrats say undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. legally, provided certain requirements are met.

    The full report is for immediate release and available at: http://www.people-press.org/2015/10/...o-legal-status

    For more information or to arrange an interview with Carroll Doherty, director of political research, please contact Bridget Jameson at 202.419.4372 or bjameson@pewresearch.org.
  2. Complaint: Obama Admin Endangering Lives of Refugee Children in Deportation Jails

    by , 10-07-2015 at 07:45 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Catholic Legal Immigration Network:

    Oct 6, 2015
    SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, the American Immigration Council (Council), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, formally lodged the latest in a series of complaints detailing the inhumane conditions to which mothers and children are subjected while detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas.

    Tragically, this complaint documents many of the very same medical access problems that were brought to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) by CARA on July 30, 2015.

    The latest examples include:

    • A mother and two-year-old son suffering from a cough, a cold, and a fever; the mother was told by the nurse that there was no doctor onsite and that nurses were not authorized to prescribe medicine. She and her son returned to the clinic on numerous occasions, still sick and in need of care; on one occasion they waited for four hours, but did not get to see a doctor because he was at lunch. The sixth time the mother sought help, she was given ibuprofen and Vicks Vaporub for her son, who had been vomiting and unable to eat for days.
    • A three-year-old girl, sick with a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, and ear pain waited more than five hours to see a nurse. The nurse examined her and said she looked dehydrated and it appeared she had a burst ear drum; a doctor said that she had either a virus or an infection that would go away in two to three weeks. The doctor prescribed Vicks Vaporub. Since that appointment, the girl has lost weight and is still sick.
    • A four-year-old boy, who was diagnosed with anemia when he was an infant and required regular medical intervention to treat his condition, but has not received any treatment since he arrived at Dilley, despite his mother’s repeated attempts to get him medical attention. He complains of pain in his head, his lips turn purple, and he shakes from being cold, even in the heat of South Texas. He vomits, is constantly fatigued and does not play with other children.

    To date, the CARA project has received no meaningful response to any of the complaints submitted to CRCL and OIG on the issue of inadequate medical care and there have been no visible improvements made. The cases documented here represent merely a sampling of the dire state of medical care at Dilley because, in some cases, mothers fear that lodging a formal complaint might negatively impact their immigration cases and therefore do not speak out publicly.

    In addition to investigating the specific cases described in the complaint, CARA urges a broader investigation into the adequacy of the medical care provided at all three family detention facilities. These complaints add to the already overwhelming evidence that the detention of children and mothers is inherently inhumane and must end.

    Press inquiries, please contact:

    AILA: Belle Woods, bwoods@aila.org, 202-507-7675

    Council: Wendy Feliz, wfeliz@immcouncil.org, 202-507-7524
    RAICES: Mohammad Abdollahi, mo@raicestexas.org, 210-544-7811
    CLINIC: Ashley Feasley, afeasley@cliniclegal.org, 301-565-4831

  3. Lawyer Submits Request to Discipline Pediatricians at Deportation Jail for Children

    by , 10-06-2015 at 08:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigration lawyer Bryan S. Johnson, has submitted a request to discipline Dr. Rochelle Flynn, MD (License No. N3643); Dr. Rosa Colon, MD ( License No. BP10045161); Dr. Adolfo Carvajal, MD (License No. J8497); Dr. Luis Ortega, MD (None in Texas); and Dr. Benjamin Aguilar, PhD (License No. 33718) alleging the infliction of "severe physical and mental harm" on their client, a 12-year-old immigrant child, detained in a family deportation jail.

  4. AIC: Just-Released Customs and Border Protection Standards Still Lack Accountability

    by , 10-05-2015 at 01:15 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    For Immediate Release

    October 5, 2015

    Washington, D.C
    .—Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its long-awaited, new National Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention and Search (TEDS), which govern the transfer of individuals in CBP custody, procedures for handling such individuals’ belongings, conditions in CBP detention facilities, and personal searches.

    The following is a statement from Beth Werlin, Policy Director at the American Immigration Council:

    “While we commend CBP for publicly releasing its long-awaited TEDS standards, the Council has significant concerns regarding the broad discretion given to CBP officers and agents. In addition, the standards do not fix the long-standing lack of oversight and independent monitoring mechanisms, which are desperately needed to promote greater accountability on the part of the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. The Council will pay close attention to CBP’s implementation of TEDS.”


    For press inquiries, contact Wendy Feliz at wfeliz@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7524.
  5. Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million Driving Population Growth Through 2065

    by , 09-28-2015 at 08:30 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Media Contact: Molly Rohal, 202-419-4372, mrohal@pewresearch.org

    Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065
    New Survey Shows Views of Immigration’s Impact on U.S. Society Mixed

    Fifty years after passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act that rewrote U.S. immigration policy, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the United States, pushing the country’s foreign-born share to a near-record 14%, according to a new Pew Research Center report. For the past half-century, these modern-era immigrants and their descendants have accounted for just over half (55%) of the nation’s population growth and have reshaped its racial and ethnic composition.

    Between 1965 and 2015, new immigrants, their children and their grandchildren added 72 million people to the nation’s population as it grew from 193 million in 1965 to 324 million in 2015. Looking ahead, new Pew Research Center U.S. population projections show that if current demographic trends continue, future immigrants and their descendants will be an even bigger source of population growth. Between 2015 and 2065, they are projected to account for 88% of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million.

    The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act made significant changes to U.S. immigration policy by sweeping away a long-standing national origins quota system that favored immigrants from Europe and replacing it with one that emphasized family reunification and skilled immigrants. Among immigrants who have arrived since 1965, half (51%) are from Latin America and one-quarter are from Asia.

    As a result of its changed makeup and rapid growth, new immigration since 1965 has altered the nation’s racial and ethnic composition. In 1965, 84% of Americans were non-Hispanic whites. By 2015, that share had declined to 62%. Meanwhile, the Hispanic share of the U.S. population rose from 4% in 1965 to 18% in 2015. Asians also saw their share rise, from less than 1% in 1965 to 6% in 2015. The Pew Research Center analysis shows that without any post-1965 immigration, the nation’s racial and ethnic composition would be very different today: 75% white, 14% black, 8% Hispanic and less than 1% Asian.

    By 2065, the composition of the nation’s immigrant population will change again. Asians are expected to become the largest immigrant group by 2055, surpassing Hispanics. Asian immigrants are projected to make up 38% of the foreign-born population by 2065, while the Hispanic share is expected to fall to 31%.

    The country’s overall population will feel the impact of these future shifts. Non-Hispanic whites are projected to become less than half of the U.S. population by 2055 and 46% by 2065. By then, no racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, Hispanics will see their population share rise to 24% by 2065 from 18% today, while Asians will see their share rise to 14% by 2065 from 6% today.

    These are some key findings of a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data and new Pew Research Center U.S. population projections through 2065, which provide a 100-year look at immigration’s impact on population growth and on racial and ethnic change. In addition, this report uses new data from a survey conducted from March 16 to April 6 using Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel to examine U.S. public attitudes toward immigration. It also employs census data to analyze changes in the characteristics of recently arrived immigrants and paint a statistical portrait of the historical and 2013 foreign-born populations.

    Among the findings:

    · The U.S. has – by far – the world’s largest immigrant population, holding about one-in-five global immigrants. Immigration since 1965 has swelled the nation’s foreign-born population from 9.6 million then to a record 45 million in 2015. By 2065, the U.S. will have 78 million immigrants, according to the new Pew Research Center population projections.
    · For the U.S. public, views of immigrants and their impact on U.S. society are mixed. Overall, 45% of Americans say immigrants in the U.S. are making American society better in the long run, while 37% say they are making it worse (16% say immigrants are not having much effect).
    · Half of Americans want to see immigration to the U.S. reduced (49%). Eight-in-ten (82%) say the U.S. immigration system either needs major changes or it needs to be completely rebuilt.
    · The source region of today’s newly arrived immigrants is markedly different than that of new arrivals in previous decades. Asia currently is the largest source region among recently arrived immigrants and has been since 2011. Before then, the largest source region since 1990 had been Central and South America, fueled by record levels of Mexican migration that have since slowed. The share of new arrivals who are Hispanic is now at its lowest level in 50 years.
    · The foreign-born population has become more evenly dispersed across the country over time. Nearly half of immigrants (47%) lived in the Northeast in 1960, but only 22% did so in 2013. The share living in the South, meanwhile, increased from 10% in 1960 to 32% in 2013. Even so, the five U.S. counties with the largest foreign-born populations in 2013 (Los Angeles County, Calif.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Cook County, Ill.; Queens County, N.Y.; and Harris County, Tex.) accounted for fully 20% of the U.S. immigrant population (down from 30% in 1990).

    The report is for immediate release and is available at http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/2...-through-2065/.

    Accompanying the report are two embeddable interactives. The first is a legislative timeline highlighting key U.S. immigration policy legislation and executive actions since 1790: http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/2...ons-1790-2014/. The second is an interactive map showing, at the state level, the largest immigrant group in each state from 1850 through 2013:http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/2...-1850-to-2013/.

    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molly Rohal at mrohal@pewresearch.org or 202-419-4372.

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder.
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