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Immigrants with no criminal history get lengthy stays at little-known jail

January 05, 2013 - Sun Sentinel

Hundreds of men and women who have committed minor offenses, such as driving without a license, or no apparent crime at all, are locked up for weeks and months in a little-known central Broward County facility run by a private company. They are immigrants, accused of entering the country without legal authorization or staying longer than permitted.

Migrant reform at a crossroads

January 04, 2013 - Arizona Republic

Immigration reform jumped to the top of President Barack Obama's second-term agenda after he won re-election with more than 70 percent of the Latino vote. But the already-difficult challenge of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year, as Obama hopes, has been exacerbated by the drawn-out battle over the "fiscal cliff" and

Migration Week brings revived interest in letter, push for legislation

January 03, 2013 - Catholic News Service

The Catholic Church’s observance of National Migration this year focuses on encouraging Congress to approve comprehensive immigration reform and marking the 10th anniversary of a joint pastoral letter by U.S. and Mexican bishops: “Strangers No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope.”

Deportations of illegal immigrants in 2012 reach new US record

December 24, 2012 - Christian Science Monitor

The Obama administration deported at least 400,000 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2012, a new record. It emphasizes deporting 'criminal aliens' to protect public safety, but the high figure serves to remind Latinos of the president's unfilled pledge to reform immigration policy.

Record number of deportations

December 23, 2012 - Press-Enterprise

As Congress prepares to discuss immigration reform, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released data showing a record number of deportations. Nearly 400,000 people were deported in fiscal year 2012, according to ICE. That compares with 397,000 in the previous year.

Obama administration sets deportation record: 409,849

December 21, 2012 - USA Today

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton said his agents are deporting more criminals than ever before. For the fourth year in a row, the Obama administration set a record for the number of people it deported.

DHS Deports Record Number of People in 2012

December 21, 2012 - New America Media

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton on Friday announced that the agency had deported 409,849 individuals in 2012. Of the 409,849 individuals removed this year, approximately 55 percent were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.

Deportation Hits Another Record Under Obama Administration

December 21, 2012 - Huffington Post

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced on Friday that the agency surpassed its record number of deportations in the past fiscal year, but also will enact reform of a controversial immigration enforcement program that could lead to fewer non-criminal immigrants being removed from the country. The agency deported 409,849 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year, up from 396,906 immigrants last year.

Obama Administration Hits Another Deportation Record—Almost 410,000

December 21, 2012 - Fox News Latino

The Obama administration hit another record high in the number of deportations – nearly 410,000 in the past year, immigration officials announced Friday. The officials framed the record rate – a point of contention among immigration advocates, including many Latino civil rights groups – as proof of its “focus on removing from the country convicted criminals and other individuals that fall into priority areas for enforcement.”

Bibles, Badges and Business

December 19, 2012 - National Catholic Register

“Americans are not divided by the immigration issue. Politicians use the issue to divide Americans.” That bold statement by Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, opened the organization’s Dec. 4-5 “National Strategy Session” in Washington. Forging Consensus is unique in that it has brought together “Bibles, badges and business” — that is, religious leaders, law enforcement and business people — who have general agreement on what immigration reform should look like to advocate for reform. Two hundred and fifty of them were at the Washington meeting, many of whom had participated in preparatory regional forums.

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