“Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home”
by National Public Radio

“Satellite babies” are the subjects of a new research project focusing on Chinese immigrants in the Boston area.

Like satellites in space, these children leave from and return to the same spot. They normally return to the U.S. in time for school.

Coordinated by Cindy Liu, a psychologist at Harvard University, points out that no one knows exactly how many Chinese immigrant families send their babies to be raised by family in China. Liu’s goal is to determine the long-term impacts of the experience on both children and parents.

According to researchers, similar arrangements among immigrant communities from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Tackling The Global Refugee Crisis: From Shirking To Sharing Responsibility

A new report by Amnesty International, “Tackling The Global Refugee Crisis: From Shirking To Sharing Responsibility,” reveals over 50% of the world’s refugees live in just 10 countries.


Calling this an “inherently unsustainable” situation, the Amnesty International report seeks to enlist the support of nations with greater capacity for helping migrants without a home.

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Black Immigrants In The United States

A new report, The State of Black Immigrants, sheds light on the unique challenges facing the nearly 3.5 million immigrants in the U.S. from Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-Latino countries, and elsewhere, due in large part to their race.


The report, a joint project, was authored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in conjunction with New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

Key findings include:

  • The number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S. increased by nearly 50% from 389,000 in 2000 to 602,000 in 2013
      • Nearly 1 in 5 Black immigrants live below the poverty line
          • Black immigrants have the highest unemployment rates among all immigrant groups
          • More than one out of every five non-citizens facing deportation on criminal grounds before the Executive Office of Immigration Review is Black
          • Black immigrants are more likely to be detained for criminal convictions than the immigrant population overall

Access To Counsel In Immigration Court


The American Immigration Council has released a new report, Access To Counsel In Immigration Court, covering 1.2 million removal (i.e., deportation) cases between 2007 and 2012.

Among their findings:

  • Access to legal counsel varies by geographic locations and ethnic groups
  • Immigrants with a lawyer fared better than unrepresented immigrants
  • Only 37% of all immigrants hired attorneys for their deportation cases

A PDF version of the report can be downloaded here >>> Access To Counsel In Immigration Court

Written by Ingrid Eagly and Steven Shafer, this is the first nationwide study of access to access to counsel in immigration court proceedings.

Brazilian Immigrants In The United States

Brazilian migration to the United States is the subject of a new study by the Migration Policy Institute.


According to MPI, the amount of Brazilian immigrants arriving in the U.S. were relatively small until the early 1980s, caused by a series of economic crises in Brazil.

By the end of the 1980s, the Brazilian immigrant population had doubled. It nearly tripled in the 1990s. It tapered off during the recession years of 2007 – 2009.

As of 2014, 336,000 Brazilian immigrants lived in the United States, representing 1 percent of the 42.4 million immigrants in the country.

Vietnamese Immigrants In The United States

The Migration Policy Institute has released a new report on the Vietnamese immigrant population in the United States.


As the MPI study shows, large-scale Vietnamese migration to the United States started as an influx of refugees following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Early refugees were part of the United States-sponsored evacuation, which consisted mainly of military personnel and urban, well-educated professionals associated with the U.S. military or the South Vietnamese government. A second wave of Vietnamese refugees, commonly known as “boat people,” arrived in the late 1970s. The majority of these arrivals came from rural areas and were often less educated.

At present, Vietnamese is the sixth largest immigrant group in the country.

Where Immigrant Children Live

The Center For Immigration Studies (CIS) has released a study showing where immigrants and their American-born children under age 18 live. The study, based on December 2015 government data, shows the growth of immigrants living in the United States since the 1970s.

The CIS log post can be found here >>> http://cis.org/61-Million-Immigrants-and-Their-Young-Children-Now-Live-in-the-United-States.

Immigrants And Gender Roles: Assimilation Vs. Culture

How much does an immigrant’s source country affect their adjustment to American life? What role does assimilation play in that adjustment? Do differences between immigrants and the native-born population carry over to the second generation in labor supply, education and fertility, or do second generation women fully assimilate to native patterns?

Immigrants And Gender Study

These are questions addressed in a new study, Immigrants and Gender Roles: Assimilation vs. Culture,” authored by Francine D. Blau in the IZA Journal of Migration.

The study was recently explored in a special PBS News Hour report: How Do Gender Roles In An Immigrant’s Home Country Affect The Female Labor Force Here?

Understanding The Central American Crisis: Why They Are Fleeing And How U.S. Policies Are Failing To Deter Them

The American Immigration Council has released a special report entitled “Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis: Why They are Fleeing and How U.S. Policies are Failing to Deter Them.”

The report examines why the Obama Administration’s aggressive deterrence strategy towards potential migrants—including a media campaign launched in Central America highlighting the risks involved with migration – is not working.

The report is authored by Jonathan T. Hiskey, Ph.D., Abby Córdova, Ph.D., Diana Orcés, Ph.D. and Mary Fran Malone, Ph.D.

You can find the report here: Understanding The Central American Crisis: Why They Are Fleeing And How U.S. Policies Are Failing To Deter Them

Immigration Court Delays Set New All Time High

According to the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, active cases at immigration court have now been opened for an average of 667 days per case. This is a new all time high.

TRAC reports that this is 3.7% longer than the 643 days average wait time at the end of FY 2015 (September 2015) and is 17.6% higher than at the end of FY 2014.

You can find the full report here:

Immigration Court Backlog Tool: Pending Cases and Length of Wait in Immigration Courts

Since these figures reflect open cases, one should expect even longer processing times before cases are officially closed.

The next hearings for some of my current cases have been scheduled in 2019. As of the date of this post, this means our wait exceeds 1,000 days.