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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 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.

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.

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.

Immigration Policy Update for February 17, 2012

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.

Immigration Policy Update for January 31, 2012

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.

Immigration Policy Update for November 15, 2011

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.

Policy Update for October 21, 2011

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.

ICE Detention Reforms: Two Years On

October 06, 2011 - Posted by Guest

Runaway Costs for Immigration Detention Do Not Add Up to Sensible Policies

September 09, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update for July 27, 2011

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.

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