New Category For Individuals From The Middle East And North Africa Proposed For 2020 Census


The Obama Administration has recommended adding a new racial category to the 2020 Census for individuals from the Middle East and North Africa.

Broadening the categories of racial and ethnic identity for purposes of ensuring an accurate snapshot of America is long overdue but likely to stir public controversy.

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Why Do Lawyers Talk Like That?

In Arias v. Lynch, a recent Seventh Circuit decision, Appellate Judge Richard Posner questioned the legal meaning of the phrase, “crimes of moral turpitude.”


What he wrote covered far more than the meaning of a single phrase. He attacked the way lawyers used language that laymen cannot grasp.

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Citizenship For Adopted Immigrant Children

Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. For instance, what are the rights of adopted children to become U.S. citizens?

Hint: it is not automatic.

Recently, the case of Anne Kim brought national attention to the issue.


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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 >>>

Visa Rules, Distant Pride And Fast Food: The Real Life Of NYC’s Immigrants

The U.S. debate about border and citizenship policy revolves around a picture of immigration painted in broad strokes: images of Syrian refugees massing at Europe’s borders or a stream of people flowing across the desert from Mexico to Texas, language about surges, threats, heroes and dreams.

Like any sweeping generalizations, those characterizations gloss over the details and nuances the define each immigrant’s individual story. More importantly, they pay little attention to what happens once an immigrant makes it into our country.

The Jollibee mascot in front of the company’s only New York City location in Woodside, Queens. Photo by Devin Holt. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, Queens, NY.

The Jollibee mascot in front of the company’s only New York City location in Woodside, Queens. Photo by Devin Holt. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, Queens, NY.

As the collection of stories in this article, reported by students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, make clear, immigrant life in New York is neither the deviant existence imagined by xenophobes nor the sepia-toned immigration myth harbored by some of those who welcome the newcomers.

It’s a fast-food restaurant that provides a link to the familiar, the thrill of political progress at home mixed with the realization that there’s no going back, the double marginalization of being undocumented and transgender. It’s overstaying a visa, or trying to survive according to the onerous rules that some visas impose. It’s trying to navigate a global economic crisis or make a living in a dying industry.

Immigrant life in New York – like immigrant life in America – is a lot of things. One thing it isn’t is simple.

Read the full article here >>> Visa Rules, Distant Pride And Fast Food: The Real Life Of NYC’s Immigrants

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?

Deng Thiak Adut, Former Refugee, To Open World Summit On Migration Control

Deng Thiak Adut has been selected to open the World Summit On Migration Control.

Adut was kidnapped from his family at the age of six. He was forced to become a boy soldier and shot in the back at the age of 12. Later he was rescued by the United Nations and smuggled to freedom. He found his way to Sydney, where he went to law school. Today, he is a lawyer fighting for the rights of fellow refugees.

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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.