Archive for December, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Written by on December 24, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and stay tuned! Immigration Impact will return on Monday, January 3rd, 2011.

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President Obama Affirms Desire to Reform Immigration Next Session

Disappointed by Congress’s failure to pass the DREAM Act during lame duck, President Obama made remarks today regarding the need to reform immigration in the next Congress. While the President acknowledged that border security is part of that conversation, he also acknowledged that “changing the politics” of how Congress and his administration engage the public […]

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Who’s Monitoring the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)?

Written by on December 23, 2010 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 3 Comments
Who’s Monitoring the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)?

Last month, the Associated Press reported that a video obtained by their reporters showed Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) prison guards watching prisoners fight in an Idaho prison, ignoring the pleas of the prisoner being beaten, Hanni Elabed. While this was not an immigration detention facility, CCA operates many detention facilities under contract from Immigration […]

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Census Shows Population Gains Due to Growing Latino Population

Written by on December 22, 2010 in Elections with 1 Comment
Census Shows Population Gains Due to Growing Latino Population

The first 2010 Decennial Census data was made available this week, and the U.S. population rose 9.7% since 2000. As a result of population changes, reapportionment will likely shift the political balance in Congress. Some states (Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina) will gain seats, in part due to the growth in their Latino populations […]

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Not Without a Fight: DREAM Students Refuse to Back Down

Written by on December 21, 2010 in DREAM Act with 1 Comment
Not Without a Fight: DREAM Students Refuse to Back Down

Although the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to achieve cloture on the DREAM Act on Saturday, DREAM supporters are refusing to go down without a fight. As disappointment turns to anger, DREAM Activists are again turning up the heat with statements aimed at “political leaders who chose to obstruct progress for personal […]

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Building on a DREAM: What the Obama Administration Can Do Right Now to Fix Immigration

Building on a DREAM: What the Obama Administration Can Do Right Now to Fix Immigration

Last Saturday, the United States Senate took key votes on two social issues—Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the seventeen-year ban on gays serving openly in the military, and the DREAM Act, a vital piece of immigration reform that would have allowed thousands of undocumented young people a chance to go to college, serve in the military […]

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Senate Fails to Bring DREAM Act to Final Vote

Written by on December 18, 2010 in DREAM Act, Immigration Law, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Senate Fails to Bring DREAM Act to Final Vote

Today, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to achieve cloture on the DREAM Act, a bill to grant hundreds of thousands of undocumented children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military. 55 Senators voted in favor of the motion to proceed to the final vote […]

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Senior Department of Homeland Security Officials Support the DREAM Act

Written by on December 17, 2010 in Department of Homeland Security, DREAM Act, USCIS with 0 Comments
Senior Department of Homeland Security Officials Support the DREAM Act

Before the scheduled DREAM Act vote Saturday, top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials hosted a press call on why the DREAM Act will enhance DHS’s ability to enforce immigration laws. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

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Senate Vote on DREAM Act Tomorrow

Written by on December 17, 2010 in Congress, DREAM Act, Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
Senate Vote on DREAM Act Tomorrow

Last night, Senator Harry Reid filed cloture on the DREAM Act (in addition to a stand-alone repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)), which sets the stage for a cloture vote on DREAM Saturday morning. If the Senate musters the 60 votes needed to proceed to the bill (cloture), it will then have up to […]

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Legislators in Key States Stand Up for DREAM

Written by on December 16, 2010 in DREAM Act, Progressives, Reform with 0 Comments
Legislators in Key States Stand Up for DREAM

Today, a group of concerned state legislators from Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas and Utah joined forces to stand up for the DREAM Act. On a conference call this afternoon, these local legislators explained how DREAM would benefit their local communities and urged their senators—Sens. Snowe and Collins (R-ME), Sen. Brown (R-MA), Sens. Cornyn and Hutchison […]

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