This Week in Immigration…

Would Mass

Deportation Mean More Jobs for U.S. Workers?
As the U.S.

experiences its highest unemployment levels in a generation and news reports

document the desperation of some native-born workers who are unable to find

steady work, we must ask the question whether now is really the best time to

implement a legalization program. Basic math would suggest that 16 million

unemployed American workers would benefit from subtracting 12 million

undocumented workers from the labor force. However, it isn’t that easy. Mass

deportation is no silver bullet for solving our unemployment problem.

Report Highlights Need for Appointed Counsel for

Detainees Facing Removal
A report issued this week by the City Bar Justice Center

highlights one of the most serious flaws of the removal process: noncitizens

are not appointed a lawyer to represent them. According to the report, a

significant portion of the detainees housed at Varick Federal Detention

Facility in Manhattan

had possible meritorious claims to relief from removal, such as asylum or an

avenue for obtaining a green card. Without lawyers, however, noncitizens face

the daunting and often insurmountable task of navigating a complicated set of

procedural rules and an even more complicated set of immigration statutes,

regulations, and court decisions.

Restrictionist “Experts” Get It Wrong Again with 287(g)

In October, the restrictionist group Center for Immigration Studies

(CIS) released another report singing the praises of the 287(g) program. The

authors ignore the evidence and arguments put forward by law enforcement experts–such

as the Police Foundation, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the

International Association of Chiefs of Police–and dismisses them as

“national advocacy organizations.” In doing so, CIS puts itself

forward as apparent “law enforcement experts,” adding to their

impressive resume that includes biblical scholar and environmental expert.

Board of Immigration Appeals Rules Not to Reopen Old Deportation Cases
A decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) last week provides

yet more evidence that broken laws create broken government. By refusing to

protect eligible applicants for adjustment of status from deportation, the

Board eased the way for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport

someone whose legitimate green card application is pending with United States

Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

New Report Details the Chilling Effects of Immigration Enforcement on

Workers’ Rights
ICED OUT: How Immigration Enforcement Has Interfered with Workers’

Rights, a new publication by the AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work Education

Fund, and the National Employment Law Project (NELP), tells the often ignored

story of our country’s broken immigration system and the collateral damage

immigrants and U.S. workers experience when Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(ICE) prioritize enforcement over workers’ rights

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