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Immigration Policy Update for October 16, 2012

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.

Immigration Policy Update: The Political Season

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

Immigration Policy Update for September 7, 2012

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?

Immigration Policy Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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.

Immigration Policy Update: More Oversight Hearings; Support for Deferred Action in Congress

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.

Immigration Policy Update: Talk of Visa Reform; House Hearing Focuses on Deferred Action

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.

Immigration Policy Update: Secure Communities in Congress and Around the Country

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….

Deferred Action Policy Gets Favorable Rating Among Voters

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.

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.)

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