Archive for July, 2011

Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Committee Hearing

Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Committee Hearing

While the House Judiciary Committee focused on a very different part of immigration yesterday, its Senate counterpart held a hearing on “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform.” In the hearing, witnesses testified that immigration reform that makes it easier for high-skilled immigrants to come work in the U.S. is not only good policy, but […]

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Lamar Smith’s HALT Act Would Limit Administration’s Ability to Administer Humanitarian Relief

Written by on July 26, 2011 in Legislation with 3 Comments
Lamar Smith’s HALT Act Would Limit Administration’s Ability to Administer Humanitarian Relief

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing on the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act” (HALT Act), introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill, which some are calling a political response to recent ICE memos, would suspend the Administration’s ability to exercise certain discretionary forms of immigration protections and relief until […]

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President Obama Promises to Keep Promising Immigration Reform at Latino Conference

Written by on July 25, 2011 in Elections, Legislation, Reform with 5 Comments
President Obama Promises to Keep Promising Immigration Reform at Latino Conference

Amid frustrated shouts of “Yes, You Can!” from advocates in the audience, President Obama again deferred the power to fix our broken immigration system to Congress today during a speech at the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference. After highlighting his administration’s bona fides on issues important to the Latino community—appointing Justice Sonia […]

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Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process

Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process

As readers of this blog know, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) often issues studies that make us cringe. Earlier this week, however, the DC-based restrictionist organization issued a report that made us laugh. Pseudonymously written by a retired government employee, the report purports to explain the “basics” of the deportation process. At more than […]

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U.S. Commerce Secretaries Highlight Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

U.S. Commerce Secretaries Highlight Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

As the American economy continues to level out post-recession, some experts are looking at immigration reform as a way to help start new businesses and aid job creation. A recent letter from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez outlined the economic benefits of reforming our immigration system and, consequently, the […]

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U.S-Mexico Border Residents Not Surprised by Falling Crime Stats

U.S-Mexico Border Residents Not Surprised by Falling Crime Stats

Listening to politicians, one would think that the border is rife with murder, arson, theft, kidnapping, and every other type of violent crime imaginable. Unfortunately, those who spread these images often conflate the violence associated with drugs and arms trafficking with immigration, unfairly painting immigrants as the perpetrators. This image of a violence-ridden, out-of-control border […]

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Boston Mayor Threatens to Withdraw from ICE’s Secure Communities Program

Written by on July 18, 2011 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
Boston Mayor Threatens to Withdraw from ICE’s Secure Communities Program

The saga surrounding ICE’s Secure Communities program continues this month as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino threatened to withdrawal Boston from the federal program unless the agency agreed to target serious criminals only. Not surprisingly, Boston is just the latest in a series of cities and states—including New York, Illinois, Colorado, DC, and parts of California—that […]

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Dear Mr. Smith, Our Broken Immigration System Requires Solutions that Embrace Discretion, Not Eliminate It

Written by on July 15, 2011 in Enforcement, Reform with 3 Comments
Dear Mr. Smith, Our Broken Immigration System Requires Solutions that Embrace Discretion, Not Eliminate It

Over the last six months, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), along with other members of the House Judiciary Committee, have engaged in an all-out effort to turn back the clock on our immigration laws through a series of bills that may tackle one issue at a time, but equal a comprehensive overhaul. This week, the restrictionists’ […]

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House Committee Takes Up Bills That Would Indefinitely Detain Immigrants and Eliminate Diversity Visas

House Committee Takes Up Bills That Would Indefinitely Detain Immigrants and Eliminate Diversity Visas

In the absence of a federal immigration overhaul, state lawmakers have attempted—many in vain—to address immigration at the state-level. Equally misguided, however, are recent efforts by immigration restrictionist to move anti-immigrant legislation on the federal level. Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed through committee a bill (and will take up another tomorrow […]

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Agency Urges USCIS to Streamline “Deferred Action” Process

Written by on July 13, 2011 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Agency Urges USCIS to Streamline “Deferred Action” Process

In a new report issued this week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’s (USCIS) Ombudsman’s office called on USCIS to create a standardized procedure for accepting and tracking requests for deferred action made to the agency. The timing of this report, following ICE’s memos on prosecutorial discretion last month, further reinforces the importance of […]

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