The number of unaccompanied children and families from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala (known collectively as the Northern Triangle region) increased in the last quarter of 2015. Despite this increase the total number of arrivals is still lower for the year than what we saw in 2014. Unchecked violence due to gang activity continues to… Read More Update on Central American Migrants
This week the House of Representatives will take up a $39.7 billion appropriations measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September. The bill is being used as a tool to defund President Obama’s recently announced Executive Action on Immigration, as various amendments will be considered to do just that. One amendment will likely… Read More Harmful Immigration Measures Introduced in 114th Congress
Yesterday the Obama Administration released an important set of federal guidelines for educating the approximately 5 million English language learners in the United States. Under the 1974 Supreme Court ruling Lau v. Nichols, schools are required to provide equal access to high-quality education to all students regardless of a child’s native language. The guidance issued yesterday… Read More New Guidance Issued Regarding English Language Learners in the U.S.
Yesterday the San Antonio Express-News ran an op-ed entitled “Asylum Seekers Deserve Better,” where Melanie Nezer (HIAS’ VP for Policy & Advocacy) reflects on her recent time providing legal services to detained immigrants in Artesia, New Mexico. In the article, Nezer urges the U.S. government to develop alternatives to immigrant detention — such as home… Read More Asylum Seekers Deserve Better
Yesterday the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) wrapped up in Los Angeles, California. This year’s conference was hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the National Partnership for New Americans. Workshops and plenary sessions focused on various issues related to the economic opportunities presented by immigrants, strengthening education services,… Read More National Conference Explores Immigrant Integration
This weekend, Congress passed the “2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” which will fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year. This bill included several important provisions related to immigrants and refugees such as: Re-authorization of the “Lautenberg Amendment” which provides a safety valve for for religious minorities from Iran, Ukraine, and… Read More Appropriations Bill Includes Important Immigrant/Refugee Provisions
Last week, President Obama announced his long-awaited “Immigration Accountability Executive Action.” This policy is expected to prevent nearly 5 million hardworking immigrants—some of whom have been in the U.S. for decades—from being needlessly torn from their homes, jobs, communities, and families. Three of big changes were laid out in the President’s plan: A new Deferred… Read More Important Information about President Obama’s Big Immigration Announcement
President Obama is expected to make his long-awaited immigration announcement tomorrow evening (November 20th) at 8pm EST and he will lay out further details during a speech in Las Vegas on Friday. More information is available on the White House website, and you can watch the President’s speech tomorrow at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.
Please mark your calendars for the next “We Were Strangers, Too” national conference call, which will take place on Thursday, December 4th from 3-4pm EST. We will of course discuss the President’s executive action on immigration as well as what the midterm election results will mean for immigration reform and how the U.S. government has been… Read More Next National Grassroots Call: December 4th, 3-4pm EST
Today the White House announced that President Obama will not provide relief to immigrant families system prior to the November elections. Jewish groups such as HIAS and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism both expressed disappointment about this delay, saying that “the delays have gone on long enough” and “the time for action on immigration reform… Read More Jewish Groups Frustrated by President Obama’s Delay on Addressing Immigration