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Immigration Updates

Policy Update: Immigration Bill Debate Begins in Senate

April 24, 2013 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Immigration Policy Update: Conservatives gather in Washington to Press for Immigration Reform

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.

Immigration Policy Update for October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Border Patrol use of lethal force under scrutiny. IG notes improvements in 287(g) implementation. Poll shows support for Maryland in-state tuition measure. LA considering ID cards for undocumented immigrants. Appeals Court suspends all immigration cases. Supreme Court to hear arguments in deportation case. Colorado purges suspected non-citizens from voter rolls.

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 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: 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: 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.

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 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.

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: 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.

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