Federal Immigration Court Backlog Tops 500,000 Pending Cases (July 20, 2016) The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the umbrella federal agency that oversees all the immigration courts in the United States, reported that it has 500,051 immigration cases pending before its courts. According to the article, the backlog of cases has been steadily increasing since 2011. Because of the backlog, non-citizens… Read More

DACA After United States v. Texas: Recommendations for the President

CIRI Advocacy Working Group (July 15, 2016) On June 23, 2016, the US Supreme Court split 4-4 in United States v. Texas, preserving the nationwide injunction halting the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. In response, the… Read More

Governor Cuomo Launches “Naturalize NY”

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced the launch of NaturalizeNY, the first public-private partnership to help low income working immigrants become US citizens. The program is administered by the State Office for New Americans (ONA) in partnership with the New York Daily News, the Robin Hood Foundation, SUNY Albany, Stanford University, George Mason University… Read More

Horror and Heartbreak in Oman

Human Rights Watch researcher Rothna Begum interviews Stephanie Hancock about her report, “I Was Sold,” which details the abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers in Oman. According to this interview, more than 130,000 women serve as domestic workers in Oman where they are responsible for cooking, cleaning, and child care while living in the… Read More

More and More Syrians Are Settling in the US — Despite Governors’ Angst

Nearly 2,400 Syrian refugees arrived in the United States in June 2016; almost matching the 2,800 who arrived between October 2015 and May 2016. The United States is aiming to resettle an additional 5,000 Syrian refugees by October 1, 2016, the start of the new fiscal year. According to the article, the increase in refugee… Read More

Can Obama Pardon Millions of Immigrants? (OpEd)

The New York Times (July 6, 2016) Peter Markowitz, Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, calls on President Obama to issue unconditional pardons to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. He writes that the Supreme Court has upheld the President’s right to pardon people for “offenses against… Read More

‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’

Catholic News Agency (July 5, 2016) In this article, Tony Magliano, Social Justice and Peace columnist for the Catholic News Agency, writes about the plight of unskilled undocumented migrants in the United States. These migrants are unable to enter legally because of the limited number of visas available to low-skilled temporary workers and the bureaucratic… Read More

Supreme Court Won’t Revive Obama Plan to Shield Illegal Immigrants from Deportation

The Washington Post (June 23, 2016) The US Supreme Court split 4-4 in United States v. Texas, leaving in place a lower-court injunction which halts the implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the proposed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. The programs could have… Read More

Obama’s Death Sentence for Young Refugees (OpEd)

The New York Times (June 25, 2016) In this article, Nicholas Kristof recounts the story of Cristobal. After fleeing death threats by gangs, the 16-year-old was arrested in Mexico and may be forced to return to his native Guatemala due to an agreement between the United States and Mexico to have Mexican authorities intercept and… Read More


NEW FROM CMS PRESS RELEASE | CMS Finds DACA and DAPA Populations Part of American Society CMS released a new paper offering a statistical portrait of the potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012… Read More