September 14, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: Silly hearings in the political season | Congress moves to pass six-month temporary spending bill | Voice of moderation grows in Arizona | Latest enforcement statistics show record border enforcement | Unacceptable costs of Operation Streamline | Another Border Patrol shooting leads to death on the border
September 07, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
In this issue: District Judge lifts injunction on show-me-your-papers in Arizona; states react to DACA; administration says DACA recipients ineligible for health care; immigrant integration conference in Baltimore; Democratic platform positive on immigration; Russell Pearce comeback aborted by voters; Rep. Smith argues sub-agency credit for removals, and who really cares?
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 15, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
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 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.)
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.