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Policy Update: Immigration Reform takes Center Stage

November 16, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Prospects for immigration reform are looking up in the next Congress. Republicans realize they must put immigration reform behind them to increase their attractiveness to Latino voters. In other news, the LA City Council votes for an ID Card. South Carolina “show me your papers” law goes into effect.

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.

The Midwest Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America

October 09, 2012 - Posted by Communications Intern

The Do-Nothing Congress Heads Home

September 27, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

In this Issue: With its approval in the single digits, Congress heads home early. STEM bill fails in the House. North Carolina Sheriff found to discriminate against Latinos. Show-me-your-papers goes into effect in Arizona. Haitian TPS extended. Immigration functions will lose millions over the fiscal cliff. More.

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: 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….

Court Strikes Down 3 Provisions of Arizona Law; Leaves “Papers Please” Provision for another Lawsuit

June 26, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The Supreme Court allowed the part of Arizona’s SB 1070 that is feared to encourage racial profiling to stand, for now, but warns the state that, depending on how it is implemented, the provision may be struck down later. Meanwhile, the Court ruled that three other provisions of the state law are preempted by federal law.

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.

ICE Offers Inadequate Response to Secure Communities Task Force

May 04, 2012 - Posted by Mario Moreno

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.

Policy Update for April 30, 2012

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.

The Arizona Immigration Law’s Day in Court Has Passed. So Has Its Day in the Sun.

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.

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