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Administrative Updates for April 7, 2009

April 07, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

Enforcement Priorities: According to press reports, the Department of Homeland Security is in the midst of examining priorities for immigration enforcement. According to these reports, the Department will focus more of its attention on drug smugglers and dangerous criminals.  In the workplace, there will be less of an emphasis on apprehending and prosecuting ordinary workers, and more of a focus on employers.  As this Washington Post article makes clear, however, a shift away from worksite raids will bring some political fallout. Many Republicans, and some powerful Democrats, have insisted that ICE continue workplace raids.  In the current fiscal year budget, these members of Congress were successful in obtaining $34 million more for worksite enforcement than the Bush administration requested.

Read commentary on this issue on our blog, ImmPolitic.

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