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Immigration officials admit releasing thousands of detainees

March 14, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Immigration officials acknowledged Thursday that they had released 2,228 illegal immigrants from detention in February and early March, not several hundred as they previously had announced, in an effort to reduce spending in advance of mandatory budget cuts. John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told a House subcommittee hearing that four of those discharged were rearrested after agents discovered they had violent criminal records.

Higher Education Leaders Join Immigration Reform Coalition

March 13, 2013 - Diverse Education Blog

In recent years, immigrant rights organizations, students and social activists have called on U.S. higher education institutions to get behind state and federal legislative measures, such as the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. While legislative action on immigration reform policies has been very limited, colleges and university campuses at least proved to be friendly places for discussion among those debating and advocating reform.

An Immigration Hawk Strikes a New Tone in the House

March 13, 2013 - ABC NEWS/UNIVISION

"I think that Chairman Goodlatte is engaging in an intellectually honest process to arrive at a position on immigration reform, but also bringing his colleagues along with him," said Ali Noorani. "Gone are the days of Steve King and Tom Tancredo throwing lightning bolts from the dais."

What Does A ‘Real’ Path To Citizenship Even Look Like?

March 12, 2013 - Talking Points Memo

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, told TPM in an interview that the exact number of years was less crucial than revamping the visa system so it can evaluate millions of newly legalized immigrants without running into the same huge backlogs it suffers from now. “The fact is, there is no road to citizenship for the undocumented now, so you have to build it,” Noorani said. “But like you would build any road, you have to make sure it’s high quality.”

Most Idaho dairy workers are not here legally

March 12, 2013 - Tri-City Herald

Bob Naerebout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymen's Association, said he uses a slightly lower figure, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates and Idaho's experience with audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With so many undocumented workers harvesting milk, Naerebout said, there are social as well as legal consequences, including parents who shy from engaging in their communities out of fear of being caught and leaving their children in distress.

Broad coalition seeks strong push on immigration reform

March 07, 2013 - Capital Press

A new coalition of agricultural, religious and business interests in Washington is pushing immigration reform. Leaders of the effort signed a statement of principles, called the Washington Compact, in Yakima on March 5.

New York Prepares to Open Office Devoted to Immigrants

March 07, 2013 - Fox News Latino

New York State will soon become the latest place to open an agency focused on immigrants, according to El Diario La Prensa. In the coming months, the state will open the Office for New Americans, with 27 centers planned for around New York, the website said. The centers are expected to offer such things as English classes, immigration law consultations, naturalization preparation courses and workshops for entrepreneurs, according to state documents released last year.

Focusing U.S. immigration detention costs

March 04, 2013 - Reuters

There was much controversy last week about federal officials releasing hundreds of immigrants from detention centers ahead of the looming budget cuts. But the real issue should be that U.S. taxpayers foot the steep bill to detain more than 30,000 people every day — not that a group of immigrants who pose little threat to public safety were transferred out of federal facilities last week.

AP EXCLUSIVE: DHS Released Over 2,000 Immigrants

March 01, 2013 - Associated Press

The immigrants who were released still eventually face deportation and are required to appear for upcoming court hearings. But they are no longer confined in immigration jails, where advocacy experts say they cost about $164 per day per person. Immigrants who are granted supervised release — with conditions that can include mandatory check-ins, home visits and GPS devices — cost the government from 30 cents to $14 a day, according to the National Immigration Forum, a group that advocates on behalf of immigrants.

Report: Over 2,000 Released From Immigration Jails

March 01, 2013 - ABC News/Univision

The number of immigration detainees released by the federal government in recent weeks numbers in thousands, not in the hundreds as the administration said earlier this week, according to a new report. The Associated Press reported Friday that more than 2,000 immigrants have been released from detention in the past several weeks because of impending budget cuts.

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