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December 2013 Archives

Administration on track to lower deportation numbers

It's one of the biggest issues in American government today: Immigration. Even though controversy surrounding immigration and immigration reform continues, new information indicates that the number of deportations throughout Texas and the rest of the nation may actually drop for the first time in 10 years. In fact, experts say that the numbers have decreased by more than 10 percent, signaling a shift to a six-year low in deportation rates.

Immigrants claim asylum, unfairly held in immigration detention

Immigrants to the United States may seek and obtain asylum for political or religious persecution. Even though this is a basic tenet of the immigration system, detainees in El Paso, Texas, have reportedly been held in immigration detention centers for long periods of time, even though federal officials have discovered that those people have legitimate asylum claims. An immigration activist inside the detention facility says that dozens of people – perhaps as many as 60 – have been told that they likely have legitimate asylum claims. In most cases, those people are released pending the outcome of the asylum cases. However, these victims appear to be stuck in the detention centers even though their claims are being processed, which violates existing rules.

Man denied citizenship, brothers' applications approved

The United States' immigration system is clearly a deeply flawed process that sometimes seems to hand out citizenship at random. A man living in Mexico found that out the hard way after his application for U.S. citizenship was denied, even though he had successfully petitioned officials on behalf of his two older brothers. The man was seeking citizenship confirmation after arguing that he was the child of an American citizen - his father - and his mother, a Mexican citizen.

Immigration law may result in unfair detention

What if your city was required to keep a certain number of inmates in its jails each day? New immigration mandates may be doing just that to local detention centers, who are being monitored by immigration officials to make sure that their cells are full. The so-called detention bed mandate requires facilities throughout the nation - including those in Texas - to keep some 34,000 beds full of immigration detainees at all times.

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