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How Will the Trillions in Federal Spending Affect Immigration?

How Will the Trillions in Federal Spending Affect Immigration?

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:14pm
Congress took an important step this week by passing an omnibus appropriations bill— one giant package to replace 12 spending bills that Congress passes in a normal year to keep the government running for the rest of FY 2014 and avoid another government shutdown. Immigration-related provisions are scattered throughout—some good, some bad, and some downright ugly. Here are just a few:
Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:35pm

“This,” said Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, “is about real people with real dreams.”        

Yesterday, Perez joined the Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary…

The Democracy Restoration Act: Everyone Deserves a Voice

The Democracy Restoration Act: Everyone Deserves a Voice

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 12:18pm

Six years ago, Desmond Meade stood along a set of railroad tracks and considered jumping in front of an oncoming train. Homeless, unemployed and recently released from prison, Desmond felt out of options, and couldn't imagine a future for himself.…

ACLU Testifies at Voter Suppression Forum on the Hill

ACLU Testifies at Voter Suppression Forum on the Hill

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 1:40pm

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a forum on Monday to shine a light on recent regressive voting laws throughout the country.

Laura W. Murphy, director of ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, reminded the panel that…

Fundamental Injustice: Voter Suppression Threatens Democracy

Fundamental Injustice: Voter Suppression Threatens Democracy

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 2:28pm

Sen. Dick Durbin calls the recent rash of state voter suppression efforts, "a threat to our democracy." Yesterday he held a hearing on this disturbing trend at which the ACLU submitted a statement for the record.

In recent months,…

Immigrants in Detention: Forgotten Victims of Prison Rape

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:23pm

Imagine you are arrested — not for committing a crime, but because of your immigration status. You are then taken to an unfamiliar location and locked up in a detention center, far away from your family and friends, to await complicated,…

Immigrants in Detention: Forgotten Victims of Prison Rape

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:23pm

Imagine you are arrested — not for committing a crime, but because of your immigration status. You are then taken to an unfamiliar location and locked up in a detention center, far away from your family and friends, to await complicated,…

Video of Haitian Deportees Brings Home the Reality of Disgraceful ICE Removal Policy

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:54pm

A new video from the New York Times is helping shed light on the plight of those recently deported from the U.S. to Haiti. In the piece, "Strangers in a Strange Land," deportees lead cameras on a tour of the hardship they face daily. The…

Video of Haitian Deportees Brings Home the Reality of Disgraceful ICE Removal Policy

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:54pm

A new video from the New York Times is helping shed light on the plight of those recently deported from the U.S. to Haiti. In the piece, "Strangers in a Strange Land," deportees lead cameras on a tour of the hardship they face daily. The…

Secretary Jeh Johnson testifying

Answering to the American People on Immigration

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:00pm

This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson is busy testifying before four different congressional committees  on the President’s FY 2015 DHS budget request.

In these hearings, Congress must demand answers…

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