Archive for August, 2011

What the New Budget Law Could Mean for Immigrant and Refugee Programs

Written by on August 31, 2011 in Asylum and Refugee, Congress, Economics, Enforcement, Family, Integration with 1 Comment
What the New Budget Law Could Mean for Immigrant and Refugee Programs

BY ERIC SIGMON, LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICE* On August 2, after a number of press conferences and late-night negotiation sessions, President Obama signed into law the Budget Control of Act of 2011, legislation that prevented the U.S. government from defaulting on its debt and requires deep cuts into future federal spending. While deficit cutting [...]

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Runaway Costs for Immigration Detention Do Not Add Up to Sensible Policies

Runaway Costs for Immigration Detention Do Not Add Up to Sensible Policies

BY JOSH BREISBLATT, IMMIGRATION POLICY FELLOW AT THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION FORUM At a time when we should be looking for ways to curb costs, some in Congress are actually attempting to spend more by expanding immigration enforcement programs. In May, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1932 titled, “Keep Our Communities [...]

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Local Law Enforcement Not Trained to Enforce Alabama’s Immigration Law

Local Law Enforcement Not Trained to Enforce Alabama’s Immigration Law

As Alabamans continue to brace themselves for what the New York Times recently described as the “nation’s cruelest immigration law,” state law enforcement agencies said they have not yet been trained to enforce provisions of the controversial law. Signed in June by Gov. Robert Bentley, HB 56 requires local law enforcement to verify the immigration [...]

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama’s Immigration Law

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama’s Immigration Law

Today, the federal judge hearing the case against Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law HB 56 issued a temporary order preventing the law from going into effect on September 1, 2011. The judge made no ruling on the merits of the pending motions but rather temporary blocked it to buy herself more time to consider the numerous [...]

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Some Hopeful, Early Signs That Prosecutorial Discretion Is Being Exercised

Some Hopeful, Early Signs That Prosecutorial Discretion Is Being Exercised

While the prospect of temporary immigration reprieves—made possible by DHS’s recent announcement that it will standardize its use of prosecutorial discretion—has excited many people, the devil remains in the details. Attorneys and community groups continue to caution that no one knows how fast or how wide spread this relief will be.  Part of the confusion [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Activists Hysterical Over Recent DHS Guidelines

Anti-Immigrant Activists Hysterical Over Recent DHS Guidelines

Anti-immigrant activists are nothing if not predictable. They scream “amnesty” whenever any administration or congress tries to inject a little justice and humanity into our broken immigration system. So, naturally, the anti-immigrant crowd has been screaming “amnesty” without pause since August 18—the day the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would review all [...]

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Immigration Lawyers Clarify What DHS’s Announcement on Prosecutorial Discretion IS and IS NOT

Immigration Lawyers Clarify What DHS’s Announcement on Prosecutorial Discretion IS and IS NOT

There has been much confusion in the wake of DHS’s recent announcement about how immigration agencies will use prosecutorial discretion in determining low and high priority immigration cases. What is considered a low priority case? Who is eligible for employment authorization? How should those with pending removal cases proceed? In an effort to protect immigrants [...]

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DHS Detains Unauthorized Immigrants as They Attempt to Leave the U.S.

DHS Detains Unauthorized Immigrants as They Attempt to <em>Leave</em> the U.S.

It is tempting to imagine that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has adopted a kinder and more just approach to its immigration enforcement mission.  After all, the department announced in recent days that it will henceforth focus its enforcement efforts on “high priority” immigration cases; that is, those cases involving serious criminals and individuals [...]

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Latino Leaders Defend DHS’s Announcement to Focus on High Priority Immigration Cases

Latino Leaders Defend DHS’s Announcement to Focus on High Priority Immigration Cases

Clarissa Martinez, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns at NCLR. As the dust continues to settle around the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement last week that it will review some 300,000 pending deportation cases on a case-by-case basis as well as issue agency-wide guidance on using discretion to focus resources on high priority cases, [...]

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How Will DHS’s Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines Impact Gay and Lesbian Bi-National Couples?

How Will DHS’s Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines Impact Gay and Lesbian Bi-National Couples?

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they would take concrete steps to implement existing guidance on prosecutorial discretion in an attempt to provide relief for low priority immigration cases. DHS also announced that a new committee will review 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal proceedings to determine which cases are low priority [...]

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