February 04, 2013 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
A bipartisan group of senators released a set of principles for immigration reform that will form the basis of legislation. President Obama released his own principles. The public overwhelmingly favors immigration reform as outlined in the Senate principles. Hearings on immigration reform begin in the House and the Senate.
January 15, 2013 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
Committee assignments for the 113th Congress. Napolitano, Holder, will stick with the administration into the second term. Immigration reform expected to be considered early in this session of Congress. USCIS finalizes family unity rule. Report catalogues immigration enforcement progress. Another removal annual record broken. ICE terminates 287(g) Task Model agreements.
December 14, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
Conservatives raise their voices on the need for immigration reform. Lame immigration proposals in the lame duck. Reform conversations begin on the Hill. White House promises Obama will be “all in” on immigration reform next year. DREAMers vow to fight for broad reform that will help their parents.
December 04, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
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.
November 08, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
The number one topic after the election was the failure of Republicans to attract Latinos, Asians, and African American votes—the fastest-growing part of the electorate. These voters went for President Obama by very large margins. Congress now returns to Washington for a lame duck session.
October 09, 2012 - Posted by Communications Intern
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.
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 08, 2012 - Posted by Josh Breisblatt
The administration released additional details on its new deferred action policy. Updated resources on deferred action and an upcoming State of Play call
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.
June 22, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
June 15, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
June 01, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger
Update on DHS Appropriations. A weaker version of the DREAM Act is introduced in the House, and two border enforcement bills pass. The Forest Service is ordered not to use the Border Patrol for translation services when USDA’s civil rights office points out that “a policy that causes individuals to actually flee from the service being provided does not provide meaningful access” to that service.