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Donald Kerwin
Donald Kerwin is the Executive Director (ED) of the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS). CMS is a think-tank/educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers. CMS publishes the International Migration Review and the Journal on Migration and Human Security, which Mr. Kerwin founded and co-edits. CMS is a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN).

Mr. Kerwin formerly served as the ED of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC); the co-director of the Woodstock Theological Seminary's Theology of Migration project; and Senior Visiting Fellow and Vice-President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute). He has also served on numerous boards, commissions and advisory groups. Mr. Kerwin writes and speaks extensively on migration, immigration policy, refugee protection, national security and labor standards issues.

Entries by Donald Kerwin

Pursuing a Legalization Program, With or Without Congress or the Courts

(9) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Earlier this week, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) hosted an event on an important report authored by Charles Kamasaki, Susan Timmons and Courtney Tudi, titled "Immigration Reform and Administrative Relief for 2014 and Beyond." The report was written on behalf of the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation...

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What Pope Francis Has Said on Migrants, Refugees and Immigrants, and What He Might Say in the United States

(7) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:40 PM

We do not know exactly what Pope Francis will say on immigration during his visit later this month to the United States or even if he will directly address the US immigration debate. Earlier this week in advance of the World Meeting on Families in Philadelphia which the Holy Father...

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Donald Trump and Birthright Citizenship: The Right Debate

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 11:53 PM

As Donald Trump seeks to ride proposed legislative repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment's citizenship clause to the Republican presidential nomination, several of his rivals have called this debate a distraction. In fact, it speaks very directly to a central issue for any presidential candidate and race; that is, the kind...

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Recommitting to the US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:20 PM

The Refugee Act of 1980 sought to bring US law into conformity with the 1951 United Nations Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, which prohibited the return of persons at risk of persecution to their states of nationality or last habitual residence and sought to...

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The Long Journey of Faith Communities on Immigration

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:38 PM

For more than a decade, the U.S. immigration debate has been dominated by the legislative battle over comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). In the last few years, the debate has shifted to the scope of the President's discretion on how to enforce the law and, in particular, who to target and...

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A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:05 AM

The U.S. immigrant detention system serves two legitimate purposes, to ensure that persons in removal proceedings appear for their hearings and (if so ordered) can be removed and, in rare cases, to protect the public. An important report released on May 11 by the US Conference of Catholic...

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The 'Significant Injury' the DAPA and Expanded DACA Programs Would Inflict on the State of Texas and the United States

(9) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 1:45 PM

In Texas v. United States, Judge Andrew Hanen's decision to enjoin implementation of the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs rested on the court's finding that the state plaintiffs had standing to bring the lawsuit. Judge...

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National Security, Values and the Terrorist Threat: Lessons From the 9/11 and French Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 2:38 AM

The terrorist murders of 17 persons in France last week have led to a massive outpouring of unity and resolve. An estimated 1.2 to 1.6 million persons, accompanied by 40 heads of state, rallied in solidarity in Paris, and 3.7 million gathered throughout the nation. The French have rightfully treated...

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Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:49 AM

The debate over the large-scale migration of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has characteristically devolved into political theater. Perversely, as the evidence builds regarding the dangers that have driven the children's flight, opposition remains high in Congress and the Administration to a fair and full review of...

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Why the Central American Children Migrants Need Full Adjudication of Their Protection Claims

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 12:26 PM

As Congress and the Administration consider proposals to eviscerate the heretofore obscure (now demonized) Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), it makes sense to review the case for change and to query whether the proposed cure might not do more harm than good. In fact, repeal...

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The Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the United States: Stumbling Towards a Humanitarian Solution

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:52 PM

The crisis in unaccompanied migrant children has been building for years. Its roots have been visible in the projected four-fold increase between FY 2011 and FY 2014 in arrests of children by border officials; the high murder rates in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico; the low prosecution rates for...

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Obama Administration Tries to Walk the Immigration Reform/Enforcement Line, But Deportation Statistics Are Not Misleading

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:46 PM

In its first five years, the Obama administration's attempt to reconcile its support for immigration reform legislation with harsh enforcement policies has been strained, but not incoherent or without integrity. It has opted to target employers that hire unauthorized workers, rather than conduct high-profile, work-site raids that mostly net exploited...

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A Bipartisan Attempt to Restore Credibility to the U.S. Border Enforcement System

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:33 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has immense responsibilities and a vital mission: "to protect the United States against terrorist threats and prevent the illegal entry of inadmissible persons and contraband, while facilitating lawful travel, trade, and immigration." To that end, most CBP officers -- the Border Patrol agents who...

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The Promise and Pitfalls of the House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:05 AM

The House Republican "Standards for Immigration Reform," released late last week, have been widely touted as an important breakthrough on the road to immigration reform, and this may well prove to be the case. If so, they deserve careful parsing, rather than wishful thinking. The standards start from the premise...

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Legalization of U.S. Unauthorized Residents: A Rule of Law or Access to Justice Issue?

(42) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 7:22 PM

Advocates for legalization often argue that U.S. unauthorized residents have not so much broken the law, as the law has broken them. By this, they typically mean that the unauthorized would prefer to enter and remain legally, but U.S. law does not offer sufficient visas for the close family members...

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What the U.S. Can Learn From the U.N. on Migration and Development

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 1:35 PM

The United Nations second High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development took place on October 3 and 4 during the first week of the federal government shutdown. It included a heavy dose of the familiar diplomatic statements of high principle. Participants widely agreed on the need to respect migrant rights, fight...

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Wage Theft and the Senate's Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:15 PM

The Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744) received widespread attention for its plan to militarize (unnecessarily) a 2,000 mile stretch of the United States at an additional cost of $46 billion. It received less attention for an equally troubling measure that would prevent...

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The Senate's Border Security Agreement: A Damaging Exercise in Political Expediency

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 1:59 PM

The Senate debate on immigration reform is at risk of becoming an exercise in political expediency, untethered to the national interest or the facts on the ground. Based on the political calculation that a resounding victory on S. 744 will pressure the House to pass comprehensive reform legislation, the Senate...

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Lessons From IRCA for the House Judiciary Committee

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 1:38 PM

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a May 22nd hearing on the Gang of 8's Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). The hearing has been inauspiciously titled "S. 744 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Lessons Learned or Mistakes Repeated?" Judging from the...

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The Gang of 8 and Accountable Border Enforcement

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 1:58 PM

The Border Patrol has long lived a charmed existence. For years, its only publicly-reported measure of success has been "apprehensions," a flexible tool used to tout its success in years of high and low apprehensions. Meanwhile, Congress has contented itself with setting only symbolic standards for border security (no illegal...

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