Archive for January, 2010

Lost in Translation: What the President Really Said about Immigration Reform

Lost in Translation:  What the President Really Said about Immigration Reform

Unless you were hanging on every word in Wednesday night’s State of the Union Address, you might have missed that the President reaffirmed his commitment to fixing our broken immigration system. His commitment wasn’t as specific as many of the things he has said about immigration reform in the past. In fact, this glancing mention [...]

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To Mention Immigration or Not To Mention Immigration? That is the Question

Written by on January 28, 2010 in Congress, Economics, President Obama, Reform with 1 Comment
To Mention Immigration or Not To Mention Immigration? That is the Question

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama’s comments on immigration were simple, ‘we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system—to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.’ It was neither detailed nor [...]

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Dear Reps. Smith and Miller, Don’t Confuse Your Talking Points with Facts

Written by on January 27, 2010 in Congress, Economics, Employment, Myths with 0 Comments
Dear Reps. Smith and Miller, Don’t Confuse Your Talking Points with Facts

Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Gary Miller (R-CA) would like the public to think that they have the same concerns as most Americans today, releasing a joint statement expressing anxiety over the 15 million Americans currently without work. On its face, their statement—“we must enforce our current immigration laws to ensure illegals do not take [...]

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Immigration Reform to be Discussed in State of the Union Address

Immigration Reform to be Discussed in State of the Union Address

Yesterday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that President Obama is likely to address immigration reform—an issue President Obama promised to tackle within his first term—in the State of the Union Address today: “Well, I think one of the things the President will — has talked about and one of the things you’ll hear [...]

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Got Faith? A Closer Look at the Religious Movement for Immigration Reform

Got Faith? A Closer Look at the Religious Movement for Immigration Reform

Today, hundreds of Evangelical leaders from around the country will join hands to raise awareness for comprehensive immigration reform during a National Day of Prayer. Like many faith groups, Evangelicals are the most recent to sign onto the national religious effort to “act on the Biblical mandate of compassion and justice toward immigrants” and call [...]

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ICE Assistant Secretary Stakes his Legacy on Detention Reform

Written by on January 25, 2010 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 6 Comments
ICE Assistant Secretary Stakes his Legacy on Detention Reform

Today at the Migration Policy Institute, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, outlined his vision for immigration detention reforms which he hopes will mark his time and tenure at ICE. In particular, Morton emphasized the need for detention facilities that are designed specifically for immigration detention purposes [...]

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Senator Graham Ready to Tackle Tough Issues, Immigration Included

Written by on January 22, 2010 in National Legislation with 2 Comments
Senator Graham Ready to Tackle Tough Issues, Immigration Included

In response to the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate—which many Republicans are spinning as a loss of political momentum for President Obama and as a victory over health care reform—South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham today expressed a willingness to tackle tough issues, including immigration. In a Congress Daily article [...]

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Supreme Court Protects Immigrants’ Access to Court Review

Supreme Court Protects Immigrants’ Access to Court Review

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision ensuring that immigrants facing deportation have fair process in the review of their cases. The Court ruled that individuals who seek to reopen their deportation orders have the right to appeal to the federal courts if the immigration court refuses to reopen the case. The Court’s decision [...]

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What Does Scott Brown’s Victory Mean for Immigration Reform?

What Does Scott Brown’s Victory Mean for Immigration Reform?

The election of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts provides an interesting twist in 2010 electoral politics. While some may argue that this loss is essentially a referendum on the current Administration and its agenda, the less dramatic but more likely conclusion is that the results were more about the candidates themselves. Democratic candidate [...]

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Thousands Gather Across the U.S. to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Thousands Gather Across the U.S. to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign launched its Massive 2010 Nationwide Kickoff last week, holding more than 100 events in 28 states. Events include town halls, marches, vigils, and other rallies. In Denver, Colorado, hundreds of faith leaders and immigrant advocates joined U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO) to rally for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Sen. [...]

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