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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.

Immigration Policy Update for April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The Supreme Court will hear the Government’s case against Arizona’s SB 1070. Anti-immigrant laws spur motivation for citizenship applications. Child tax credit for some low-income workers may be sacrificed in House Republican budget cuts. Senate holds hearing on racial profiling.

Immigration Policy Update for February 17, 2012

February 17, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The President releases Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Hearings in House avoid real immigration solutions for agriculture. Low-income immigrants spared from tax cut offsets. ICE creates a Public Advocate position. Studies project big costs to Alabama from its anti-immigrant law. ICE vs. Cook County, Ill., in fight over immigration detainers.

Immigration Policy Update for January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

In this issue: Administration to change application procedure for reentry bar waiver. Tourist visa processing to be sped up. More on the prosecutorial discretion initiative. Administration personnel changes. Bill to alleviate immigrant visa backlogs moves to Senate. House Republicans propose to pay for tax cut by cutting child tax credit.

Immigration Policy Update for November 15, 2011

November 15, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The father of Arizona’s SB 1070 becomes the first Arizona legislator to be recalled. Mountain West state leaders, meanwhile, discuss a different approach to immigration. To mitigate the crises caused by Congressional inaction on immigration, the President can take some steps, but can’t stop enforcing the broken laws.

Policy Update for October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Republicans in the House and Senate attacked the Administration for its decision to prioritize immigration enforcement on national security threats. Mandatory E-Verify legislation in the House is stalled by conservative critics. Alabama is seeing a worker shortage in some sectors after passage of a harsh anti-immigrant law.

Ordinary People and Extraordinary Acts of Courage

June 21, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update for May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

On May 10th the President made a major speech in El Paso on the need for immigration reform. In Congress, the DREAM Act was re-introduced in the House and Senate. The Administration announced procedures to protect workers from deportation in employer-focused immigration enforcement actions.

Policy Update: Congressional Developments for April 2011

April 27, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

In Congress, the Senate introduced a bill to limit birthright citizenship to those with one U.S. Citizen parent, and another to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the border. In the House, Rep. Honda introduced a bill to increase capacity to teach immigrants English and help them prepare for citizenship.

Policy Update: Administrative Developments for April 2011

April 27, 2011 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

This month, the President convened a meeting with key leaders on immigration reform as a group of senators pressured the Administration to grant deferred action to young people who meet the requirements of the DREAM Act. Meanwhile ICE has resumed removals to Haiti.

Southwest Senate Retirements Should Trigger Immigration Gut Check for Both Parties

April 05, 2011 - Posted by Martine Apodaca

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