Archive for May, 2011

Administration Uses Executive Authority to Keep Educated Grads in U.S. Longer

Administration Uses Executive Authority to Keep Educated Grads in U.S. Longer

By H. BOB SAKANIWA, AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYER’S ASSOCIATION As President Obama indicated in an immigration speech in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month, in a global marketplace, the United States needs the best and brightest to stay in our country to work, innovate and help create jobs for the benefit of all Americans.  Well-educated, foreign-born […]

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Senators Introduce Military Families Act

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

Written by on May 26, 2011 in Department of Justice, E-Verify with 3 Comments
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 Administration, President Obama, 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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CIS Report Marred by ‘Deception and Disorder’

Written by on May 24, 2011 in Backlogs, Courts, Restrictionists, Rhetoric, USCIS with 0 Comments
CIS Report Marred by ‘Deception and Disorder’

By Anam Rahman In a report issued earlier today, the restrictionist Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) took aim at problems facing the U.S. immigration court system—a topic worthy of serious discussion. Unfortunately, as with many of CIS’ publications, today’s report combines dramatic rhetoric and unsubstantiated data with ill-conceived solutions. While it is unlikely the report […]

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

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

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

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 Backlogs, Congress, Courts, Hearings 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

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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