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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2012 - Posted by Brittney Nystrom
March 23, 2012 - Posted by Dan Gordon
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.)
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.
February 17, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
The President releases Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Hearings in House avoid real immigration solutions for agriculture. Low-income immigrants spared from tax cut offsets. ICE creates a Public Advocate position. Studies project big costs to Alabama from its anti-immigrant law. ICE vs. Cook County, Ill., in fight over immigration detainers.