• How Sanctuary Cities Actually Work

    April 2017

    This video from Vox explains what sanctuary cities are. Sanctuary cities are: “Cities and counties in the US that limit their  cooperation with immigration enforcement.” But what does that mean?

    It explains that there are a number of different policies in cities that make them "sanctuary cities" but to truly understand the situation, you must look at the choices that a local police officer must make when handling an undocumented immigrant that he has already arrested for some other reason.

    Local police officers have the choice to either 1. Honor requests from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to hold the undocumented immigrant so that ICE can pick the immigrant up and begin the deportation process, or 2. Let the immigrant go.

    Both choices come with consequences. If local police assist ICE in deportation "word gets out in the immigrant community and immigrants become scared to interact with the police if they are a victim of crime or a witness to it." In contrast, if local police do not assist ICE "The state can also step in and take away the funding streams from the local police." President Trump has also recently signed an executive order "that opens the door to withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities."

    Ultimately, this situation "puts local law enforcement in a lose-lose situation. For them it could be between choosing financial security on one hand and public safety on the other.”

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  • As Mexican Share Declined, U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Population Fell In 2015 Below Recession Level

    April 2017

    This article from Pew investigates the unauthorized immigrant population. Specifically, the proportion of Mexicans in that overall unauthorized immigrant population. The article states, "The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in 2015 fell below the total at the end of the Great Recession for the first time, with Mexicans continuing to represent a declining share of this population"

    It also delves more into who the unauthorized immigrants are in the United States: "a rising share of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S. for a decade or more, as new illegal immigration has slowed. In 2014, 66% of unauthorized immigrants had lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, compared with 41% in 2005."

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  • Trump And DeVos: What Could The New Administration Spell For English Learner And Immigrant Students?

    March 2017

    Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017 despite widespread concerns ranging from her lack of experience in public education to worries about her beliefs regarding vouchers and charter schools, religious education, and accountability for the education of traditionally underserved children.

    Her selection and President Trump’s immigration enforcement-focused executive orders have left many parents and educators wondering how the new administration’s policies will impact students from immigrant families and the schools that serve them.

    The simple answer is: It depends on the actions of state and local policymakers where those students live.

    This article looks at a number of different education policy areas, where the administration is likely to focus within those areas, and the affect that that will have in communities.

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  • Revised Trump Executive Order And Guidance On Refugee Resettlement And Travel Ban

    March 2017

    There has been a significant amount of controversy around some of the executive orders that President Donald Trump has signed so far during his presidency.

    One of the most controversial has been the Immigration Ban that President Trump signed on January 27, 2017. After widespread criticisms, protests and court challenges that led to "limited and national injunctions restricting its implementation", President Trump signed another executive order on March 6, 2017 that rescinded and replaced the earlier executive order.

    This "issue brief," presented in an easy-to-reference side-by-side chart, examines the revised executive order, comparing it to provisions of the original executive order as well as prior policy and practice.

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  • Immigration And Public Safety

    March 2017

    This paper from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration

    It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens. Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies. These facts-supported by over 100 years of research—have been misrepresented both historically and in recent political debates."

    The four points of evidence that the paper specifically points to are:

    1. Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens.
    2. Higher levels of immigration in recent decades may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates.
    3. Police chiefs believe that intensifying immigration law enforcement undermines public safety.
    4. Immigrants are under-represented in U.S. prisons.


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  • How America's Idea Of Illegal Immigration Doesn't Always Match Reality

    March 2017

    This article from NPR points out a number of common misconceptions about unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

    A couple of the key facts include:

    • About 11 million people live in the U.S. without authorization

    • Longtime residents outnumber new arrivals

    • Mexicans make up a dominant - but declining — share of this population

    • Hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrants entered with valid visas

    • 61 percent of unauthorized immigrants live in 20 metro areas — but most live in the suburbs, not the city

    • Most are working in service and construction jobs

    • Many have children who are U.S. citizens

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  • Visual Report: 2015 Immigration Benefits

    March 2017

    Immigration Benefits

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