Archive for August, 2011

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

Written by on August 26, 2011 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
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

Written by on August 25, 2011 in Enforcement with 6 Comments
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

Written by on August 24, 2011 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
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.

Written by on August 23, 2011 in Enforcement with 4 Comments
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

Written by on August 22, 2011 in Enforcement with 2 Comments
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?

Written by on August 19, 2011 in Enforcement, History of Immigration with 4 Comments
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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DHS Announces Expansion of Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines

Written by on August 18, 2011 in Enforcement with 5 Comments
DHS Announces Expansion of Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an agency-wide expansion of prosecutorial discretion guidelines that will hopefully allow immigration officials to focus their enforcement efforts on targeting dangerous criminals. DHS also announced the creation of a joint committee with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will review nearly 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal […]

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Nation’s Highest Immigration Court Says Government Can Ask Questions First, Explain Right to Silence Later

Written by on August 16, 2011 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Nation’s Highest Immigration Court Says Government Can Ask Questions First, Explain Right to Silence Later

As any Law & Order enthusiast knows, when a criminal suspect is placed under arrest, no interrogation can begin until police recite the famous “Miranda” warnings required by the Supreme Court: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you. You have a right to have an attorney present. […]

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