Archive for February, 2009

Bush Immigration Enforcement Tactics Haunt the Obama Era

Bush Immigration Enforcement Tactics Haunt the Obama Era

Photo by peasp. On Tuesday ICE raided the Yamato Engine Specialists plant in Bellingham, Washington.   The ICE agents arrested 28 people – 25 men and 3 women – for allegedly using fake Social Security documents to gain employment.  It was the first worksite raid since President Obama took office.  ICE claims the raid was the [...]

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New Americans: A Springboard for California’s Economy

New Americans: A Springboard for California’s Economy

Photo by Jamie Lawrie. Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that analysts across the country have been worried that the economic crisis has fueled an increase in hate groups and racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric.  With its large immigrant population and current economic woes, California is in the belly of the beast.  Yet, while many restrictionists [...]

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ICE Raids in Bellingham, WA Raise More Than Just Eyebrows

ICE Raids in Bellingham, WA Raise More Than Just Eyebrows

Photo by Scott Lenger. Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials raided Yamato Engine Specialists Ltd. in Bellingham, WA, where 28 workers, including three women, were detained and placed in deportation proceedings. This is the first workplace raid conducted by ICE we are aware of since President Obama took office. Under the Bush Administration, [...]

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Hilda Solis Confirmed as Department of Labor Secretary

Written by on February 24, 2009 in Congress, Economics, News Flash with 0 Comments
Hilda Solis Confirmed as Department of Labor Secretary

After several weeks of delay, Congress has confirmed Representative Hilda L. Solis to be the Secretary of Labor in the Obama administration. Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice commented: “Secretary Solis understands how our dysfunctional immigration system leads to worker exploitation. When millions of undocumented workers are without the protection of the law, it [...]

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Anti-Immigration NumbersUSA Distorts Statistics for Dramatic Effect

Written by on February 23, 2009 in Economics, Myths, Restrictionists, Undocumented Immigration with 3 Comments
Anti-Immigration NumbersUSA Distorts Statistics for Dramatic Effect

Photo by lord chernobill. In yet another attempt to derail a rational debate on U.S. immigration policy, the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA has claimed recently that the federal government is bringing more than 1.6 million “new foreign workers” into the United States each year even as the unemployment rate continues to rise. This dubious figure is [...]

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Immigration Reform Gets Boost from a “Higher Power”

Written by on February 20, 2009 in National Legislation, Raids, Reform with 2 Comments
Immigration Reform Gets Boost from a “Higher Power”

Photo by avdgaag. A broad interfaith coalition has begun a series of nationwide prayer vigils to raise awareness of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. “Prayer, Renewal and Action on Immigration” is the name of the campaign launched this week with help from U.S. Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez and Mike Honda. The coalition has also [...]

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UNC Report Confirms Police Immigration Enforcement Misses Target

UNC Report Confirms Police Immigration Enforcement Misses Target

Photo by loungerie. A new report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina ACLU examines the 287(g) partnership between DHS and local police in North Carolina.  The 287(g) program–in which DHS and local police enter into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) allowing local police to act as immigration officers in [...]

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Pew Report Shows: “Deportation Only” Immigration Approach Undermines Courts

Pew Report Shows: “Deportation Only” Immigration Approach Undermines Courts

Photo by kromatic. A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center illustrates the degree to which the U.S. government is wasting money and manpower on the pursuit and punishment of undocumented immigrants who are non-violent and pose no threat to public safety or national security. According to the data in the Pew report, the federal [...]

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McCain Discusses Immigration and Arpaio on CNN

Embedded video from CNN Video This past Sunday, John McCain appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and had an extensive conversation with news anchor John King in which he once again expounded the need for comprehensive immigration reform:

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Napolitano Outlines DHS Immigration Policies on NPR

Napolitano Outlines DHS Immigration Policies on NPR

Photo by uscqpress. In an interview yesterday with NPR’s Day to Day host, Madeleine Brand, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano thoughtfully outlined the department’s immigration priorities. DHS was recently scrutinized in a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) assessing DHS’s past performance under the Bush administration and offering “recommendations for policy [...]

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