Archive for October, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Considers “Collateral Consequences” for Immigrants in Criminal Cases

Written by on October 13, 2009 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 7 Comments
U.S. Supreme Court Considers “Collateral Consequences” for Immigrants in Criminal Cases

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case posing the question: “If a criminal defense lawyer tells his or her client not to worry about the immigration consequences of pleading guilty, but that advice is wrong and in fact the client will be deported as a result of pleading guilty, can the client […]

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Lays Out Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Written by on October 13, 2009 in Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Rep. Luis Gutierrez Lays Out Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Today, more than 3,000 people from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants and their families, veterans and clergy met with Congressional offices and gathered for an afternoon vigil at the Church of Reformation on Capitol Hill to share stories about those facing deportation, family separation and personal struggles […]

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Nobel Prize Winners and Immigration Policy

Written by on October 9, 2009 in Demographics, Economics, Integration, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Nobel Prize Winners and Immigration Policy

Digital cameras, cancer and aging research, and technology networks that carry voice, video and high-speed internet data around the world are just a few reasons to thank this year’s Nobel Prize winners. We can also thank smart immigration policy that brought three of this year’s winners to our shores in addition to a young student […]

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Report Details Dangers of Denying Health Care Coverage to Legal Immigrants

Report Details Dangers of Denying Health Care Coverage to Legal Immigrants

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee completed its mark up of its health care reform bill. Amendments that would have further restricted legal immigrants’ access to health care and imposed burdensome new verification requirements on everyone failed in the committee. Now both the Senate and the House have their work cut out for them as […]

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Restrictionist Group Uses Bible to Condemn Immigrants

Written by on October 7, 2009 in Demographics, Enforcement, Reform with 4 Comments
Restrictionist Group Uses Bible to Condemn Immigrants

For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have contributed much to the ongoing immigration debate. Grounded in faith and good works, the faith community has been and continues to be steadfast in their outreach to immigrants through a myriad of support and service programs, faith rallies and support of those in need. […]

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DHS’s Plan to Reform U.S. Immigration Detention System a Good Start

Written by on October 6, 2009 in Detention, Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
DHS’s Plan to Reform U.S. Immigration Detention System a Good Start

When I was a little girl, my mom posted a sign in our kitchen which read, “If you want to change the world, start with your own little corner.” It’s possible that Dr. Dora Schriro, author of the Immigration Detention Overview and Recommendations report released today by DHS, grew up with a similar motto. Her […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases Affecting Fair Process for Immigrants

Written by on October 5, 2009 in Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases Affecting Fair Process for Immigrants

Today, the United States Supreme Court opens its October session. Among the cases it will hear this term, two may have a significant effect on immigrants. The first case involves the intersection of the criminal justice system and immigration and the important role that lawyers play in safeguarding the rights of immigrants. The second case […]

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Our Immigration System Needs Solutions, Not Villains

Our Immigration System Needs Solutions, Not Villains

This week, American Apparel is slated to lay off 1,800 workers from its clothing factory in Los Angeles. The impending layoffs are the result of a federal investigation which turned up irregularities in the documents workers presented when first hired by the company. The investigation itself represents a new direction in Department of Homeland Security […]

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Report Shines Light on Deadly Failings of U.S. Border-Enforcement Policies

Written by on October 1, 2009 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Report Shines Light on Deadly Failings of U.S. Border-Enforcement Policies

Today—on the fifteenth anniversary of “Operation Gatekeeper”—the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego & Imperial Counties, and Mexico’s National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), jointly released a report which shines a much-needed spotlight on the fatal consequences of U.S. border-enforcement policies. The report, Humanitarian Crisis: Migrant Deaths at the U.S.-Mexico Border, describes the […]

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