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Illinois approves driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

January 09, 2013 - CNN

Illinois lawmakers approved a new measure Tuesday that would allow undocumented immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses. Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill, saying in a statement that it will make the state's roads safer.

Illinois House Authorizes Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

January 08, 2013 - ABC/Univision News

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would permit unauthorized immigrants to obtain temporary drivers licenses, clearing the way for Gov. Pat Quinn (D) to sign the bill into law. When it becomes law, undocumented immigrants in Illinois will be able three-year renewable licenses as long as they provide proof of residency in the state.

U.S. Immigration System’s Cost, Reach “Unprecedented”

January 08, 2013 - Inter Press Services

The United States government is spending more on immigration enforcement each year than it is on all other federal law-enforcement agencies combined, according to the first comprehensive look at how the country’s sprawling immigration complex has grown over the past decade. Likewise, on a daily basis the U.S. immigration system has more people in detention – around 430,000 in fiscal year 2011 – than the entire federal prisons system.

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.

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