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  • Oct 1 Webinar Criminalizing Migration: Excessive Prosecution and Punishment

    By Alisa Wellek on October 15, 2013
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    Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Justice Network, and the National Immigrant Justice Center conducted a free webinar on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 about the skyrocketing increase in federal prosecutions of immigration offenses. Download PDF of webinar. Audio available here. Immigration cases now constitute 40 percent of all federal criminal cases. The vast majority of these cases involve illegal entry and illegal reentry; i.e. entering the US illegally […]
  • Tell Congress

    By Alisa Wellek on September 3, 2013
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  • IJN August 15 Webinar

    By Alisa Wellek on September 3, 2013
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    The Immigrant Justice Network held a webinar on August 15, 2013 entitled Ensuring a Fair & Inclusive Path to Citizenship: Organizing, Legislative, and Communications Strategies. View webinar here The webinar focused on using these strategies to ensure that immigration reforms provide a fair and inclusive path to citizenship while strengthening due process and human rights. This webinar may especially assist you if you are currently organizing […]
  • The Carrascos Family

    By Alisa Wellek on July 10, 2013
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    Hugo is a DREAMer who came to the United States at ten years old in 1995. His parents brought him and his brothers and sister to go to school. He grew up in a Christian home and has always known the United States as his home country. He didn’t know about his status until he got to high school and […]
  • Discriminatory gang provisions enforce guilt by association

    By Alisa Wellek on June 24, 2013
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    BACKGROUND: Gang databases are the tool law enforcement generally uses to assess gang membership and activity. Gang databases label individuals as gang members because the individual resides or associates with a family member known to be in a gang or lives in a neighborhood where there is a high concentration of gangs and gang members. These databases mounting criticism for their […]
  • Expanding The Harsh Penalties For Immigration Related Offenses

    By Alisa Wellek on June 24, 2013
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    BACKGROUND: Our immigration laws already impose civil and criminal penalties for a number of immigration and immigration-related offenses, including illegal entry and reentry, alien smuggling and immigration document fraud.  The Senate immigration bill increases the criminal penalties for these status offenses. Some of the bill’s statutes essentially re-define status related offenses; others target conduct that relates to immigration or nationality. […]
  • Domestic Violence Provisions Punish Victims, Too

    By Alisa Wellek on June 24, 2013
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    BACKGROUND: Current immigration law already metes out harsh consequences to those who commit crimes, including domestic violence offenses. The Senate bill contains provisions that specifically target individuals involved in domestic violence disputes for deportation.[1] Senators Grassley, Cornyn and Sessions introduced several amendments during mark-up that sought to enhance and expand penalties for those accused of committing or who are convicted […]
  • Disproportionately Harsh DUI Provisions

    By Alisa Wellek on June 24, 2013
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    BACKGROUND: The Senate bill contains a number of provisions that address DUIs. During mark-up, the Judiciary Committee added a new “aggravated felony” ground for DUIs. Legalization applicants and green card holders will face mandatory deportation if they trigger these provisions. An immigration judge or law enforcement will legally not be allowed to consider the individual circumstances of the person’s case, […]
  • Expansion of Criminal Grounds Undermine Fair and Inclusive Pathway to Citizenship

    By Alisa Wellek on June 24, 2013
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    BACKGROUND: The Senate immigration bill puts forth a complicated and expansive list of crime-related obstacles to pursuing the path to citizenship. These bars will automatically disqualify and prevent thousands, if not millions, of deserving individuals from either pursuing or maintaining legal status, and will apply at all stages of the multi-year legalization process. Efforts to expand these already harsh exclusion […]
  • Analysis of S.744 Provisions Impacting Immigrants Accused or Convicted of Crimes

    By Alisa Wellek on June 21, 2013
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    *Updated as of 6/19/13 (includes adopted amendments from Senate Judiciary Committee)* Glossary:   RPI: Registered Provisional Immigrant. The first step in the legalization process under S. 744. People applying for RPI status will face ineligibility bars and inadmissibility grounds.   Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR): Green card holder. Can work and live here indefinitely, but can always be deported if she […]