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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.

Cosmetic Changes are not Enough: Secure Communities Program Needs Sweeping Reform

July 19, 2011 - Posted by Mario Moreno

Immigration Policy Update for June 22, 2011

June 22, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The House GOP introduced legislation to create mandatory e-verify for the entire country. The House also passed a DHS spending bill for next year. In the Senate two bills were introduced to protect refugees and workers. Around the country, the Administration’s “Secure Communities” program is generating opposition.

Ordinary People and Extraordinary Acts of Courage

June 21, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update for May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The House is on the verge of passing a DHS appropriations bill for FY2012. Also in the House, Lamar Smith has introduced an indefinite detention bill and is preparing to introduce new e-verify legislation. The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law requiring use of E-Verify by businesses.

Workplace Enforcement: A Welcome Shift in Focus

May 06, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Another Side of the Broken Immigration System

May 02, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Secure Communities: Just Another – Bigger - Deportation Dragnet

April 29, 2011 - Posted by Mario Moreno

Policy Update: Congressional Developments for April 2011

April 27, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

In Congress, the Senate introduced a bill to limit birthright citizenship to those with one U.S. Citizen parent, and another to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the border. In the House, Rep. Honda introduced a bill to increase capacity to teach immigrants English and help them prepare for citizenship.

Policy Update: Administrative Developments for April 2011

April 27, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

This month, the President convened a meeting with key leaders on immigration reform as a group of senators pressured the Administration to grant deferred action to young people who meet the requirements of the DREAM Act. Meanwhile ICE has resumed removals to Haiti.

How to Save Your Local Public Safety Budget

April 01, 2011 - Posted by Mario Moreno

Policy Update: Predictable House Hearings Attract Little Press

March 07, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The Republican-controlled House has had a number of hearings in different committees on immigration. The common thread has been that undocumented workers take jobs from Americans. Without exception, those claiming to champion the American worker in these hearings have terrible records on pro-worker legislation.

Policy Update: After FOIA Inquiry, Ability to Opt Out of Secure Communities Still Unclear

March 07, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

A collaboration of organizations made available excerpts of thousands of pages of government documents pertaining to ICE’s Secure Communities program. The released documents reveal that, even within DHS, there have been conflicting views about whether communities may opt not to participate in Secure Communities.

Secure Communities: Do we Know Anything For Certain?

March 02, 2011 - Posted by Mario Moreno

Enforcement Fantasies: Raids Will Not Solve Our Problems

February 17, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

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