March 13, 2013 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: More hearings in the House, more negotiations in the Senate, and more voices raised to press for immigration reform. The sequester takes a big bite out of immigration budgets. The “Family Unity” waiver is now available. VAWA and the path to bipartisanship.
January 15, 2013 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
Committee assignments for the 113th Congress. Napolitano, Holder, will stick with the administration into the second term. Immigration reform expected to be considered early in this session of Congress. USCIS finalizes family unity rule. Report catalogues immigration enforcement progress. Another removal annual record broken. ICE terminates 287(g) Task Model agreements.
October 16, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: New DACA numbers, more on the fiscal cliff and immigration, California TRUST Act vetoed, refugee numbers set for 2013, same sex partners may be considered for prosecutorial discretion, 287(g) agreements under review, Supreme Court hears technical immigration deportation case.
October 09, 2012 - Posted by Communications Intern
September 27, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this Issue: With its approval in the single digits, Congress heads home early. STEM bill fails in the House. North Carolina Sheriff found to discriminate against Latinos. Show-me-your-papers goes into effect in Arizona. Haitian TPS extended. Immigration functions will lose millions over the fiscal cliff. More.
August 16, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
USCIS has begun taking requests for deferred action from deportation for certain young people brought to the U.S. as children. Thousands turned out on the first day, and ultimately hundreds of thousands are expected to make a request. This update contains suggestions on how you can get involved.
July 27, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
More immigration oversight hearings in Congress. Deferred action wins approval of Members of Congress. Sheriff Arpaio has his words fed back to him in court. Update on prosecutorial discretion.
July 20, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: Visa legislation being discussed in Congress. A House DHS Oversight hearing allows opponents of the Administration’s focus on public safety threats to air their views. Sheriff Joe gets sued. Again. Advocates take another whack at Arizona’s SB 1070 “show me your papers” provision.
July 13, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: a House oversight hearing on ICE largely focused on Secure Communities and the 287(g) program. From the District of Columbia to the State of California, governments are trying to limit the impact of the Secure Communities program. Grand jury convened in Border Patrol abuse case. More….
July 06, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
The Administration’s announcement of deferred action for certain young persons without status has proven to be popular with the general public and especially with Latinos, if not with certain members of the House of Representatives.
June 22, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
June 15, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
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.
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.