Archive for November, 2009

New Report Shines Light on Detainee Rights Violations in Minnesota

Written by on November 18, 2009 in Demographics, Detention, Immigration Courts, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
New Report Shines Light on Detainee Rights Violations in Minnesota

BY KATHERINE FENNELLY* AND KATHLEEN MOCCIO** Over the summer, three graduate students at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute interviewed immigration attorneys and public defenders to document their experiences working with detained immigrants. The result—a heartbreaking account of detainees locked away, without access to counsel or family, in a system where rights and the most […]

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Rep. Gutierrez to Hold Tele-Town Hall on Moving Comprehensive Immigration Reform Forward

Written by on November 18, 2009 in Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Rep. Gutierrez to Hold Tele-Town Hall on Moving Comprehensive Immigration Reform Forward

Tonight, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)—along with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)—will hold a national town hall telephonic briefing to “discuss a progressive outline for immigration reform legislation.” Picking up on the momentum from Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s speech last week […]

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Does U.S. Attorney Nomination Send a Mixed Signal on Immigration?

Written by on November 17, 2009 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Reform with 1 Comment

While the Obama administration has spent the past year discussing its plans to reform our broken immigration system, it is the day to day actions that, at times, draw a stark contrast to the hope and promise of a new strategy on U.S. immigration. The nomination of Stephanie Rose to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case about Immigrants’ Access to Federal Court Review

Supreme Court Hears Case about Immigrants’ Access to Federal Court Review

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that involves an important safeguard for immigrants facing removal from the United States—access to federal court review. The case, Kucana v. Holder, was brought by an asylum seeker from Albania. Mr. Kucana is seeking court review of a government decision depriving him of the opportunity […]

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Secretary Napolitano Makes First Speech on Immigration Reform

Written by on November 13, 2009 in Economics, Enforcement, Legislation with 6 Comments
Secretary Napolitano Makes First Speech on Immigration Reform

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s speech today at the Center for American Progress (CAP) will probably be remembered as a key moment in the history of immigration reform. The Secretary not only expressed support for a comprehensive overhaul of our immigration system, she also made it clear that it is an imperative for […]

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“Strong Winds of Change” Sweep Dobbs off of CNN

Written by on November 12, 2009 in Immigration 101, Reform with 1 Comment
“Strong Winds of Change” Sweep Dobbs off of CNN

Lou Dobbs, CNN anchor and self-dubbed “Mr. Independent” signed off from his nightly post on the network Wednesday night. Ending a nearly 30-year career with CNN and a long history of spreading misinformation about immigration and immigrants, his departure marks an interesting opportunity for immigration reformers to stand up for a fair and honest debate […]

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Today, We Honor Our Immigrant Service Members

Today, We Honor Our Immigrant Service Members

America will celebrate its veterans around the nation today, honoring those who have served our nation with selflessness and bravery. Included in the millions who have served are immigrants. From the Revolutionary war to current conflicts, immigrants have joined the ranks of our military to fight for and defend America since its inception.

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House Health Care Bill a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

Written by on November 10, 2009 in Demographics, Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments
House Health Care Bill a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

Late on Saturday night the House passed its health care reform bill and put the ball back in the Senate’s court. The goal is to make health care more affordable and more accessible for millions of Americans. Once again, immigration became a major obstacle to the bill’s passage as immigration restrictionists and others pushed for […]

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Two Legal Immigrants Unjustly Detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Written by on November 9, 2009 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
Two Legal Immigrants Unjustly Detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Over the past several months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made concerted efforts to overhaul our flawed immigration detention system—aiming for more transparency and broadened federal oversight. Deserving of equal attention, however, is Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) loose enforcement policy, which also ensnares legal immigrants.

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Would Mass Deportation Mean More Jobs for U.S. Workers?

Written by on November 6, 2009 in Economics, Enforcement, Integration, Legislation, Reform with 4 Comments
Would Mass Deportation Mean More Jobs for U.S. Workers?

As the U.S. experiences its highest unemployment levels in a generation and news reports document the desperation of some native-born workers who are unable to find steady work, we must ask the question whether now is really the best time to implement a legalization program. Basic math would suggest that 16 million unemployed American workers […]

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