Ecuador Leads By Example in the Great Global Migration Debate

Photo: Colombia Beat Ecuador will soon consider a groundbreaking new migration bill, which was presented to the National Assembly on July 16, 2015. The Organic Law of Human Mobility addresses the country’s various emigration and immigration waves and offers a new foundation on how to better understand people who relocate. Lawmaker Esteban Melo explained that…
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Refugees and Artificial Nation-Building: If We Build It, Will They Come?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Takver. The global migration crisis continues to worsen, with displacement hitting an all-time high of 59.5 million people at the end of 2014. The humanitarian world is unable to keep up with the numbers, as violence and conflict also continues to soar worldwide. The usual proposed solutions for displacement typically…
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Out of the Closet and Out of the Shadows

Outside the Supreme Court moments before the Obergefell decision was issued. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Mattpopovich. Last month, members of the LGBT community extolled the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage across the country. The day was undeniably historic and will be remembered as a necessary benchmark in…
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U.S. Detention: An Exercise In Inhumanity

ICE Special Agents (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) arresting suspects during a raid. Photo Courtesy of ICE. In a recent press release, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that detention policies will be eased when it comes to families with children. After visiting numerous “family residential centers,” DHS concluded that once a family…
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GPM on ‘Sanctuary City’ Policies in Michigan via The Detroit News

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Photo Source West Michigan Politics Blog Robert Snell of The Detroit News wrote an important article on how Republican lawmakers are trying to block “Sanctuary City” policies all over the country and in Michigan: “Republican state lawmakers want to block cities from sheltering immigrants from federal agents, an effort sparked by the recent shooting death of…
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Free Webinar Featuring GPM’s Maris Liss

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A free webinar on BURDEN OF PROOF STRATEGIES will be presented on July 14th, 2015, 12 Noon, EDT, featuring two CILs, former BIA Board Member and immigration mentor/coach, Lory Rosenberg, and Maris Liss, whose immigration practice focuses on federal appeals. The webinar, “Systems for a Thriving Practice: Burden of Proof for Benefits and Discretionary Relief”…
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