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.
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 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.)
January 31, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: Administration to change application procedure for reentry bar waiver. Tourist visa processing to be sped up. More on the prosecutorial discretion initiative. Administration personnel changes. Bill to alleviate immigrant visa backlogs moves to Senate. House Republicans propose to pay for tax cut by cutting child tax credit.
November 15, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
The father of Arizona’s SB 1070 becomes the first Arizona legislator to be recalled. Mountain West state leaders, meanwhile, discuss a different approach to immigration. To mitigate the crises caused by Congressional inaction on immigration, the President can take some steps, but can’t stop enforcing the broken laws.
October 21, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
Republicans in the House and Senate attacked the Administration for its decision to prioritize immigration enforcement on national security threats. Mandatory E-Verify legislation in the House is stalled by conservative critics. Alabama is seeing a worker shortage in some sectors after passage of a harsh anti-immigrant law.
July 27, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
Rep. Lamar Smith introduced the HALT Act, to suspend immigration law provisions relating to humanitarian relief. Bills to allow for indefinite detention of certain immigrants, and to end the diversity visa program, were approved by the House Judiciary Committee. In the Senate, Senator Menendez unveiled a comprehensive immigration reform bill.