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November 2015 Archives

Combating anti-refugee hysteria in the wake of the Paris terror attacks

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people, questions and concerns about immigration have been raised throughout Europe and in the United States. Specifically, concerns about admitting Syrian refugees have come to light after the passport of an alleged Syrian refugee who traveled to Paris via Greece was discovered near the body of one of the terrorists linked to the attack. Officials believe that the passport is fake and was likely planted to incite anti-Syrian and Muslim sentiments throughout the west, a goal which appears to have been achieved.

President appeals DAPA decision to U.S. Supreme Court

As both the Democrat and Republican parties attempt to decide who should represent their parties in the upcoming presidential election, the differences between the parties and their ideological beliefs has never been clearer. In the upcoming presidential election, immigration is slated to be a main issue with Democrat candidates favoring immigration reforms which would make it easier for families to stay together and in the U.S. while many Republican candidates support mass deportation and building an actual wall along the U.S. and Mexican border.

Helping individuals and families overcome immigration challenges

According to the Migration Policy Institute, as of 2013, an estimated 41.3 million immigrants were living in the United States. Historically, the U.S. has been the preferred destination for millions of foreign-born individuals and families who are seeking a better life. In fact, while the U.S. "represents less than five percent of the global population," an estimated 20 percent of the world's immigrants come to the U.S.

As drug sentencing guidelines change, concerns mount over the rights of foreign inmates

According to The Sentencing Project, as of 2013, an estimated 2.2 million people called a U.S. prison or jail home. This number is higher than incarceration rates in any other country and equates to a 500 percent increase within the last three decades. In an effort to reduce the U.S. incarceration rate, in 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to "redraw federal sentencing guidelines for some drug offenses." In accordance with the new sentencing guidelines, thousands of nonviolent drug offenders who are serving out prison sentences are slated for early release.

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