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Immigrants, Immigration Courts and Chicken Littles–all by the Numbers!

Many folks have passionate opinions about our immigration system and how to fix it.  Usually these opinions flow from what people believe about our immigrant new Americans and how the immigration and enforcement process in this country functions or fails to function.  As in any debate, however, the old adage holds firmly true:  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts”.  So, the facts (and in this case, the hard numbers) really do matter 다운로드.

And that’s where the University of Syracuse comes in.  The University provides a great public service which is completely free (donations welcome of course) that is invaluable to ensuring an intelligent and productive immigration debate.  The service is called the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) and is a free public repository of seemingly endless government data, often obtained through the Freedom of Information Act 다운로드. The data pertains to a wide variety of topics, is published online and is easily accessed by the public.  You can find the TRAC database by clicking here 탭 소닉 크랙 판 다운로드.

One of the most interesting “reality checks” that emerges by sifting through this data can be gleaned using a particular data set tool on the TRAC site which can be found here 윈도우 소프트웨어 다운로드. This particular tool analyzes data related to immigrant children in removal proceedings; by state, by whether the child in proceedings has legal counsel and by whether they actually show up for their court cases ios 8.4. Any person in removal proceedings (in this case a minor) who does not appear before the court as scheduled is usually ordered removed from the county in abstensia (in the person’s absence).  Thus, in abstensia orders of removal serve as a near perfect proxy for failures to appear 아이폰 노래 다운로드.

Now, consider the heated rhetoric of many elected politicians shrieking that the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border, if not immediately returned home, would simply disappear into the US population and never bother to appear in immigration court as ordered.  Some Chicken Little politicians have publicly warned that as many as 90% of all unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings currently fail to appear.  This argument might seem like common sense–surely the sky must really be falling.  But again, one is entitled to their opinions, but not their own facts.  And the facts, or in this case the numbers, just don’t support the Chicken Littles 최적화 프로그램 다운로드.

Back to TRAC.  By utilizing the tools linked above, one can easily examine the following data sets:

2005 to present: Number of minors in removal proceedings unrepresented (pro se) whose cases were closed by an in abstensia order of removal (i.e 포켓몬 다운로드. they failed to appear for their court case):  29% failed to appear, over 70% appeared.

Juveniles – Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings — all states-pro se

2005 to present: Number of minors in removal proceedings with legal counsel whose cases were closed by an in abstensia order of removal (i.e 다운로드. they failed to appear for their court case even though they had a lawyer):  4.5% failed to appear, over 95% appeared.

Juveniles – Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings–all states–with counsel

Being from the generation who grew up watching Bugs Bunny on TV, I can’t help hearing the famous rabbit TV star’s words ring in my head:  “what’s all the hubbub, bub?”

Funny thing about facts–sometimes they just won’t get with the agenda 모털엔진! And in this case, the facts show that an enormously high percentage of minors in removal proceedings really do show up for court.  Fair enough, nearly 30% who aren’t fortunate enough to afford a lawyer don’t go to their court date and overall slightly more than 18% don’t show up. (Set aside for the moment what this might say about the inequity of being in removal proceedings without counsel–save that for another post!) But 90% no show–no way! Myth busted!

For now, our nation’s collective conscience is fixated on the racial inequities that have been exposed by Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri–and rightfully so.  However, sooner than we may realize, our collective focus and, hopefully the Administration’s as well, will again shift to the other great human rights calamity challenging our nation–our broken immigration system.  When attentions shift back, you can bet the fever pitched Chicken Little rhetoric prophesying the sky’s fall will crescendo.  When it does, best to take a breath, look at the numbers and separate rhetoric from reality.

We certainly will! Stay tuned!

 

 

The American Immigration Council (AIC) recently released its report titled: Unauthorized Immigrants Today: A Demographic Profile 다운로드.

Too often participants in the immigration debate hold strong opinions based on a completely inaccurate understanding of who the folks are who make up the population of undocumented immigrants in this country.  In fact, of particular note, the AIC’s recent report points out:

Three-fifths of unauthorized immigrants have been in the United States for more than a decade 소니 노트북 드라이버 다운로드. According to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 41 percent of unauthorized immigrants in the United States as of 2012 had arrived in the United States during the 1990s, and another 18 percent during the 1980s 속초시 지도 다운로드. 42 percent of unauthorized immigrants had arrived in the United States between 2000 and 2011. (Report, page 2).

Nearly half of adult unauthorized immigrants live in households with children under the age of 18 soundwire. According to Pew, 46 percent of unauthorized immigrant adults had minor children in 2010. In comparison, 38 percent of legal immigrants (including naturalized U.S 코넬식 노트 다운로드. citizens) and 29 percent of U.S. natives had minor children. (Report, page 4).

Roughly 4.5 million native-born U.S.-citizen children have at least one unauthorized parent 트립컴퓨터 다운로드. Pew estimates that unauthorized immigrants already in the United States had approximately 5.5 million children in 2010. Roughly 1 million of those children were themselves unauthorized immigrants, while the remaining 4.5 million were native-born U.S bve 1호선 다운로드. citizens. (Report, page 4).

The AIC report helps remind us that “The truth     r스튜디오 32비트.     .     .      is that unauthorized immigrants include adults and children, mothers and fathers, homeowners and people of faith, most of whom are invested in their communities” 제너레이션 킬 다운로드.

This report is well worth reading and sharing with others.  Read the entire Report by clicking below 다운로드.

Unauthorized Immigrants Today_ A Demographic Profile _ Immigration Policy Center

or view the report directly on AIC’s site with with all addition hyper-linked resources by clicking here.

While nativists gripe, newly arrived immigrants integrate!

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As the humanitarian challenge at our southern border peaks (for now), those of us who have consistently called for reform of our broken immigration system have become accustomed to hearing those “enforce the law folks” gripe!  However, reality marches on and, in the finest tradition of the American immigrant, our newly arrived kids are taking their places in our community and schools.  A sure sign of this is the below story published in The Hill newspaper yesterday detailing how the federal Department of Education is preparing public school districts across the country to enroll undocumented immigrant children, including our newly arrived unaccompanied minors who are not detained 다운로드.

Read the entire story here: Obama prepares schools for migrant kids _ TheHill

See the video broadcast by clicking here

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Update on Immigration Reform 2013

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On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill with a strong majority of 68 voting for the bill. This bill would provide some of the most significant reforms to our immigration system in decades, including a path to legalization that could help as many as 10 million immigrants legalize their status 티비무료다시보기 다운로드. What you might be wondering at this point, is, “what happened?”

The unfortunate answer is that not much has happened since the Senate’s passage of S 744 다운로드. A combination of resistance in the House and intervening events has pushed immigration reform onto the back burner of the legislative agenda. However, there is still a strong chance for immigration reform to pass this year, even if it doesn’t appear likely at the moment 다운로드.

 

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