Archive for October, 2010

Finally, an Immigration Bill that Embraces Racial Profiling!

Finally, an Immigration Bill that Embraces Racial Profiling!

Florida State Representative William Snyder, a former police officer from Miami, drafted his own version of Arizona’s SB 1070 for the state—a bill has the potential to be even more offensive. The bill mimics SB 1070—allowing officers to stop persons based on a “reasonable suspicion” that they are undocumented in order to check their immigration [...]

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Prisonomics 101: How the Prison Industry Got Arizona’s SB1070 onto Gov. Jan Brewer’s Desk

Written by on October 28, 2010 in Business, Detention, Enforcement, Undocumented Immigration with 7 Comments
Prisonomics 101: How the Prison Industry Got Arizona’s SB1070 onto Gov. Jan Brewer’s Desk

Today, NPR aired a story on a profiteering plot that watchdog groups have watched unfold for months—private prison corporations, who stand to make hundreds of millions in profits from the detention of immigrants, not only had a hand in drafting Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law, SB1070, but contributed millions to the bill’s cosponsors and continue [...]

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Which State is Really Going to Be the Next Arizona?

Which State is <em>Really</em> Going to Be the Next Arizona?

Ever since SB1070 passed through the state legislature in Arizona, aspiring politicians and elected officials have jumped on the rhetorical bandwagon, promising similar legislation in their own states—no matter what the political or fiscal costs. No other state has actually passed copycat legislation, but many have made attempts and overtures towards that end. While observers [...]

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Office of Inspector General (OIG) Finds 287(g) Program Still Riddled with Flaws

Office of Inspector General (OIG) Finds 287(g) Program Still Riddled with Flaws

DHS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released an updated report on the Performance of 287(g) Agreements which provides the same dreary account of the program as the first one. The April 2010 OIG report found that ICE and its local law enforcement partners have not complied with the terms of their 287(g) Memoranda of [...]

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How a Drop in New Immigrant Households Affects an Ailing Housing Market

Written by on October 25, 2010 in Demographics, Economics with 0 Comments
How a Drop in New Immigrant Households Affects an Ailing Housing Market

While some fault the foreclosure crisis for the swell in vacant homes and continuing drop in home prices, recent Census data reveals that immigrants—or lack thereof—may be a bigger factor contributing to the housing glut than people may realize. According to Fortune, steady unemployment, the drop in immigration and the growing number of young people [...]

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GOP Leaders Huff and Puff in Yet Another Letter to Napolitano about ICE Enforcement Priorities

GOP Leaders Huff and Puff in Yet Another Letter to Napolitano about ICE Enforcement Priorities

Despite a record number of removals in fiscal year 2010, GOP Senators Sessions, Cornyn, Kyl, Grassley, Hatch, Coburn and Graham fired off yet another letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday, accusing the administration of a “lax approach” to immigration enforcement and “selectively enforcing” immigration laws. The letter, which cites a [...]

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Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing

Written by on October 21, 2010 in Demographics, Family, President Obama with 1 Comment
Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing

Earlier this month, President Obama announced the annual refugee allocations—80,000 total for Fiscal Year 2011, the same total as in 2010. However, while the total yearly allocation is the same, African refugees are being underrepresented. The 2011 ceiling for African refugees is 15,000, which is slightly lower than in 2010 and nearly 25 percent lower [...]

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More Election Time Anti-Immigrant Antics

More Election Time Anti-Immigrant Antics

There are several things the public can count on each election season—a deluge of non-stop political advertising, daily tracking polls, and now to an increasing degree, false claims about immigrants by politicians looking for a cheap way to score political points.

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Georgia Board of Regents Attempts to Ban Undocumented Immigrants from University System

Written by on October 19, 2010 in State and Local Immigration Law with 2 Comments
Georgia Board of Regents Attempts to Ban Undocumented Immigrants from University System

Last week, the Georgia Board of Regents decided to effectively ban undocumented students from attending 5 of the 61 Universities and Technical College Systems of Georgia starting in the fall of 2011 through a series of admissions provisions. Georgia becomes the second state (after South Carolina) to attempt to prevent undocumented students from attending its [...]

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U.S. Border Czar Calls on Congress to Get Serious about Immigration Reform

U.S. Border Czar Calls on Congress to Get Serious about Immigration Reform

While some candidates continue to make political fodder out of immigration and border security on the campaign trail, administration officials are pushing Congress to get real about overhauling our broken immigration system. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, Alan Bersin, recently commented that Congress needs to ‘get serious about a post-election immigration overhaul if the [...]

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