Archive for July, 2010

More Right-Handed Pot Stirring: Internal USCIS Draft Memo Exploited for Political Gain

More Right-Handed Pot Stirring: Internal USCIS Draft Memo Exploited for Political Gain

Conspiracy theorists hate it when no one pays attention. Witness last month’s letter to President Obama in which eight Republican Senators accused him of planning to circumvent the will of Congress through a regulatory grant of “amnesty” suggesting that plans were afoot in the Department of Homeland Security to make it happen. Despite their mock […]

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Judge’s Decision Doesn’t Stop Arizona from Combating Border Violence

Judge’s Decision Doesn’t Stop Arizona from Combating Border Violence

Yesterday, Phoenix district court Judge Susan Bolton enjoined key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB1070. The judge recognized that the federal government has primary authority over making and enforcing immigration law, and that while states have limited authority in this arena, they cannot interfere with federal enforcement or undermine federal priorities. The decision acknowledges […]

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New Reports Describe the “Green-Washing” of Nativist Hate

Written by on July 28, 2010 in Restrictionists, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
New Reports Describe the “Green-Washing” of Nativist Hate

In a new report, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes the rejuvenated efforts of anti-immigrant groups to repackage themselves as environmentalists who are trying to save the United States from the supposed ecological ills of “over-population.” According to the report, entitled Greenwash: Nativists, Environmentalism & the Hypocrisy of Hate, the two-faced nature of these […]

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Restrictionists Confounded by Increased Deportations and the Administration’s Defense of the Constitution

Restrictionists Confounded by Increased Deportations and the Administration’s Defense of the Constitution

According to an article in the Washington Post, ICE expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, which is nearly 10 percent more than the Bush administration’s 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The Obama administration has also far outpaced the previous administration in terms of audits of employers […]

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Congressional Leaders Challenge Progressives to Keep Pushing for Immigration Reform

Congressional Leaders Challenge Progressives to Keep Pushing for Immigration Reform

In front of more than 2000 progressive bloggers and activists Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid and several other keynote speakers urged progressives to “finish what we’ve started” and keep beating the progressive drum for change. After enumerating major Democratic legislative victories this year (health care, financial regulation, and an economic stimulus plan […]

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Border Issues, Border Solutions

Border Issues, Border Solutions

Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism held a hearing on Enhancing DHS’ Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling across Our Borders. Witnesses from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Terry Goddard, Attorney General for the State of Arizona all testified. […]

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Arizona’s New Law Upends Federal Priorities

Written by on July 22, 2010 in Courts, Department of Justice, Enforcement with 3 Comments
Arizona’s New Law Upends Federal Priorities

Today, a federal judge will begin to hear arguments on Arizona law SB1070. One of the problems with SB1070 is that it places the federal government in an impossible situation. While the proponents of SB1070 say that Arizona will help ICE enforce immigration laws, the fact is that it would impinge upon ICE’s ability to […]

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Obama Administration Mimics George W. Bush on Immigration Prosecutions

Written by on July 21, 2010 in Courts, Department of Justice, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Obama Administration Mimics George W. Bush on Immigration Prosecutions

It would seem that the Obama administration has chosen to mimic its predecessor in its zeal to pursue the criminal prosecution of unauthorized immigrants for minor, nonviolent offenses such as crossing the border. As the Associated Press reported recently, “federal prosecutions of immigrants soared to new levels this spring, as the Obama administration continued an […]

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J.D. Hayworth Challenges Administration on Immigration Enforcement Just Weeks Before National Guard Deploys to Border

J.D. Hayworth Challenges Administration on Immigration Enforcement Just Weeks Before National Guard Deploys to Border

Over the weekend, former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth challenged the Obama Administration’s commitment to immigration enforcement—just weeks before the Administration is set to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico Border. On Monday, the Obama Administration announced that the National Guard will begin deployment on August 1, with more than 500 soldiers going to […]

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Secretary Solis Continues the Drum Beat for Immigration Reform, But Is Anyone Listening?

Secretary Solis Continues the Drum Beat for Immigration Reform, But Is Anyone Listening?

Earlier today, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discussed the complicated intersection of labor, immigration, and the United States economy. “The immigration system has always been important to the labor movement,” said Trumka. Both Secretary Solis and Trumka advocated for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR)—acknowledging the obvious economic benefits to all U.S. […]

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