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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.

Policy Update: Obama Boosted to Second Term by America’s Changing Demographics

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.

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: 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?

Policy Update: New Information on Deferred Action

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

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 for June 22, 2012: Immigration Policy Conversation Picks Up

June 22, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update: Relief for Dream-Eligible Young People; Reform Movement Grows

June 15, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update for June 1, 2012

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.

Weigh in to Improve the Proposed Rule to Reduce Family Separation

May 24, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The public comment period ends June 1 on a USCIS proposed rule to make a change in the process for adjudicating waivers to inadmissibility due to unlawful presence. The proposed change in the process will reduce family separation, and it could go further to help families.

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.

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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