Archive for May, 2011

Senators Introduce Military Families Act

Written by on May 27, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, Uncategorized with 5 Comments
Senators Introduce Military Families Act

The week before the Memorial Day holiday, several senators honored U.S. military families caught up in our broken immigration system by introducing The Military Families Act. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the bill.

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SCOTUS E-Verify Ruling No Bellwether for Fate of SB1070

SCOTUS E-Verify Ruling No Bellwether for Fate of SB1070

By Mary Giovagnoli and Melissa Crow Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona’s law requiring employers to use E-verify or risk losing their business licenses will, like all Supreme Court decisions, take some time to digest. What’s surprising, however, is how quickly some are already jumping to the conclusion that today’s decision signals how the Supreme […]

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White House Immigration Blueprint a Starting Point

Written by on May 25, 2011 in Reform with 2 Comments
White House Immigration Blueprint a Starting Point

Speeches, even those delivered by the President of the United States, can be forgotten fairly quickly. Following the El Paso immigration speech from two weeks ago, the White House is attempting to sustain a buzz by sending other members of the President’s cabinet and White House officials out to give speeches and hold roundtables across […]

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California Sheriff’s Comments Add to Saga Surrounding ICE’s Secure Communities Program

Written by on May 23, 2011 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 3 Comments
California Sheriff’s Comments Add to Saga Surrounding ICE’s Secure Communities Program

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s recent statements concerning the Secure Communities program is yet another development in what appears to be a saga surrounding ICE’s controversial enforcement program. Earlier this month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn requested his state’s MOA with ICE be terminated. Advocates in New York have asked that their governor do the […]

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More States Toss Costly Immigration Legislation in Final Days of Session

Written by on May 20, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
More States Toss Costly Immigration Legislation in Final Days of Session

As many state legislative session wrap up for the year, more lawmakers are jumping ship on controversial enforcement measures targeting undocumented immigrants. Whether they are under pressure from business groups, conflicted over the bills’ substance, or realize that these measures will cost their state millions in legal challenges, implementation expenses and tourism revenue, lawmakers are […]

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Obama Administration Seeks Balance Between Labor and Immigration Law Enforcement

Written by on May 19, 2011 in Enforcement, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Obama Administration Seeks Balance Between Labor and Immigration Law Enforcement

Last week President Obama issued a blueprint for a twenty-first century immigration policy that highlighted, among other things, the need to promote accountability for employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers. The Administration’s recommendations for achieving this goal include a better employment verification system, more comprehensive anti-retaliation protections for workers, and a legalization program […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Likely to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Written by on May 18, 2011 in Immigration Courts, Legislation with 0 Comments
Immigration Court Backlog Likely to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Our nation’s immigration courts are backlogged. Historically backlogged. At the end of last year, more than 260,000 cases remained pending before immigration judges. Across the country, the average wait was nearly sixteen months. In California, thousands of cases have been pending for more than two years. While justice is not always swift, our immigration courts […]

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DHS Announces Extension and Re-Designation of Temporary Protective Status for Haitians

Written by on May 17, 2011 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Announces Extension and Re-Designation of Temporary Protective Status for Haitians

Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the extension and re-designation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians currently in the United States. The extension would allow approximately 48,000 Haitian nationals—whose homeland was devastated by an earthquake in 2010 and is still plagued by disease and instability—to extend their TPS for an […]

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Research Shows Immigrant Entrepreneurs Leaving the U.S. to Become Our Competition

Research Shows Immigrant Entrepreneurs Leaving the U.S. to Become Our Competition

Restrictionists often perpetuate the myth that immigrants are not needed in our current economy—that they take jobs and hurt American workers.  But research has shown that immigrants not only grow the economy, but help create jobs and are part of the solution to our economic woes.  However, while immigrants can create jobs and start new […]

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Signs Arizona-Style Enforcement Law

Written by on May 13, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 1 Comment
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Signs Arizona-Style Enforcement Law

Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 87—an Arizona-style immigration law which allows police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects and requires businesses to verify work eligibility of new hires—into law, despite the threat of economic boycotts and negative fiscal impacts. Georgia’s state legislature passed HB 87 last month amid outcries from businesses […]

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