Author archive: Rebecca Little

The Department of Justice is taking steps to protect the cognitively impaired in removal proceedings. This includes identifying detainees with mental impairments that render them unable to understand these proceedings and provide them lawyers. However, once identified as mentally impaired, the detainee is denied the option to refuse being represented by a lawyer. This aspect…

Republican Representative Paul Broun, who is running for Senate in the GOP primary causing top Republicans concern with his fiery anti-immigration reform comments. Broun told local news reporters “The only way Georgia is going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia [and] give them the right to vote,”…

A small glint of hope that the compromise on immigration reform legislation that passed through the Senate might make it through the House of Representatives came through Speaker John Boeher’s (R-Ohio) insinuation that he “may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation’s immigration laws.” He has also hired Rebecca Tallent, longtime immigration adviser…

If you look back over the past few years, deportation rates have hit record highs only to start to recently recede. At the same time, Latino voters have helped push immigration reform farther than it has ever gone on the national level. Although no decisive federal legislation has successfully passed, president-appointed programs and state-level immigration…

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is no substitute for immigration reform, but it’s helped many undocumented immigrants in the United States access opportunities and stay deportation through two-year visas. To qualify, immigrants must be between the ages of 15 and 30, have arrived illegally when they were children. Additionally they must either be…

The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, first proposed to the federal legislature in 2001, has been adapted and adopted by many US States since then, although it has yet to be federally approved. The idea is to create access to residency through educational opportunities and to make education more affordable for,…

In 2011, Alabama passed HB 56, America’s harshest immigration policy. Aspect aid to undocumented immigrants illegal, and even empowering citizens to sue police officers witnessed shirking their duties to enforce these laws. It only took six weeks after the bill passed for proponents of the bill to begin to question their own judgment. “I’ve learned…

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