Obama

DACA – a Future of Uncertainty

February 9, 2017
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There is no doubt that President Trump’s actions in the past week have shaken up the immigrant community.  After all, much of his campaign promises to undo Obama’s immigration legacies are coming to life.  On January 27, 2017, Trump placed a “Muslim” ban on travelers— including those with green cards and dual nationalities—entering the United States. The executive order affected many individuals who live and study in the U.S. and were returning from vacation.

No More Wet Foot, Dry Foot: Implications for the Future

February 2, 2017
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As one of his final acts as president, and as part of his effort to thaw relations with Cuba, Barack Obama officially ended America’s Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy. This 22-year old mandate granted asylum to Cubans who landed on US soil, allowing them to become legal permanent residents after one year. Cubans intercepted in the ocean coming to the US were apprehended and returned to Cuba. Although beneficial to Cubans fleeing their homeland, this policy was seen as a way to subvert the Cuban government.

Why the Waiting Game in Guantánamo?

November 18, 2016
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On Wednesday in response to a UN vote denouncing the embargo placed on Cuba by Congress the US abstained for the first time in 25 years.  While this is a small nod by the US in recognition of the futility of the embargo, Congress is still opposed to lifting trade constraints until Cuba does more to improve human rights (Borger 2016).

Obama’s Policy Directive on Cuba: Changing the Status Quo?

November 9, 2016
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On October 14th, President Obama utilized his executive powers to issue a new directive on the United States’ relationship with Cuba. The directive dictates new rules that cover a wide range of areas, from supporting medical-related business projects to reinstating normal limits on importing Cuban products for personal use.

Obama Pledges Unilateral Action to Combat the Central American Child Immigration Crisis

October 13, 2016
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As the one year anniversary of the Democrat-dominated Senate passing a comprehensive immigration bill commenced this week, President Obama announced his willingness to pursue unilateral action toward addressing the steadily rising influx of Central American children crossing the southern border sans guardians.1 He has declared the issue a “humanitarian crisis.” Nearly 52,000 unaccompanied minors, most of them girls under the age of 13, have crossed the Rio Grande since October, a number over double the usual annual statistic.2 The law that currently stands

Obama Administration Requests $USD 1 Billion for Central America

October 11, 2016
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After a year in which over 50,000 children attempted to illegally cross into the United States, the Obama administration has asked Congress for $USD 1 billion in assistance to Central American countries included in his budget request.  This figure is roughly three times what the U.S. has allocated in the past.1

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