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Immigration Policy Update: Relief for Dream-Eligible Young People; Reform Movement Grows

June 15, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update for June 1, 2012

June 01, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Update on DHS Appropriations. A weaker version of the DREAM Act is introduced in the House, and two border enforcement bills pass. The Forest Service is ordered not to use the Border Patrol for translation services when USDA’s civil rights office points out that “a policy that causes individuals to actually flee from the service being provided does not provide meaningful access” to that service.

Weigh in to Improve the Proposed Rule to Reduce Family Separation

May 24, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The public comment period ends June 1 on a USCIS proposed rule to make a change in the process for adjudicating waivers to inadmissibility due to unlawful presence. The proposed change in the process will reduce family separation, and it could go further to help families.

Immigration Policy Update for May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

House vote to weaken Violence Against Women Act. Homeland Security spending bill moving through House, Senate. Government watchdog overwhelmed by CBP, ICE misconduct cases. Alabama Governor signs another anti-immigrant immigration bill. Sen. Rubio finally introduces a bill, just not the one he’s been talking about.

Immigration Policy Update for May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

VAWA reauthorization passes House, stripping protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence. House DHS Appropriations bill has plenty for enforcement, zero for immigrant integration. The law catches up to Sheriff Joe. House passes appropriations for Department of Justice. House Budget would end Child Tax Credit for low-income immigrants.

House Takes up VAWA Bill that would Roll Back Protections for Immigrant Women

May 04, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

These days, even the most sympathetic causes can become bogged down in partisan squabbling in Congress. When the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) first passed in 1994, it had 226 sponsors in the House and 68 in the Senate. A house bill introduced on April 27 to make changes to VAWA has already generated plenty of controversy.

ICE Offers Inadequate Response to Secure Communities Task Force

May 04, 2012 - Posted by Brittney Nystrom

On April 27, ICE issued its response to the recommendations of the Secure Communities Task Force The response was totally inadequate, amounting to little more than a grab bag of initiatives ICE was pursuing anyway—many only tenuously related to the Secure Communities program.

Policy Update for April 30, 2012

April 29, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The Supreme Court hears arguments in the lawsuit against Arizona’s SB 1070. Faith leaders step up calls for immigration reform. The Senate passes VAWA reauthorization, with provisions to protect immigrant domestic violence victims. Secretary Napolitano testifies in the Senate about DHS operations. House Appropriations Committee passes Judiciary Committee funding bill.

The Arizona Immigration Law’s Day in Court Has Passed. So Has Its Day in the Sun.

April 26, 2012 - Posted by Ali Noorani

What if the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, doesn’t matter? No matter how the court rules, consensus is emerging that Arizona and the states that have copied its discriminatory law are engaging in bad policy and bad politics — the type that could turn neighbor against neighbor and state against state as disparate immigration approaches rattle communities.

Immigration Policy Update for April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The Supreme Court will hear the Government’s case against Arizona’s SB 1070. Anti-immigrant laws spur motivation for citizenship applications. Child tax credit for some low-income workers may be sacrificed in House Republican budget cuts. Senate holds hearing on racial profiling.

Immigration Policy Update for April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Family Unity Waiver Process proposed rule now open for public comment. Congressman Lamar Smith has strange holiday fantasies. Prosecutorial discretion review expanding to seven additional immigration courts. Supreme Court strikes another blow at retroactive application of laws. Justice Department cuts negotiations with Sheriff Joe. Syrians get TPS.

Statement for the Record on Immigration Detention Reform

March 28, 2012 - Posted by Brittney Nystrom

Syrians to Get Temporary Protected Status

March 23, 2012 - Posted by Dan Gordon

Immigration Policy Update for March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Court blocks two more Alabama law provisions. Evangelicals dialogue about immigration in Alabama. House hearings on the ICE budget, visa overstays and DWIs. Aggravated felony: murder rape and…cheating on your taxes. Rep. Smith calls new detention standards “hospitality guidelines.” (Lucky thing he didn’t go into the hotel business.)

Blog: Promise of Better Detention Conditions Must Be Followed by Action

March 01, 2012 - Posted by Brittney Nystrom

This week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released upgraded immigration detention standards

that would hopefully move the government closer to fulfilling its obligation and its promise to provide safety, dignity and fairness in the immigration detention system.

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