Archive for October, 2011

Alabama Law Enforcement, Courts Implementing New Law in Different Ways Across State

Alabama Law Enforcement, Courts Implementing New Law in Different Ways Across State

As if things weren’t chaotic enough in Alabama, reports now find that law enforcement and courts vary widely on how they apply the state’s new immigration law, creating different rules and consequences for individuals depending on a judge or officer’s understanding of the law. As the controversial law (HB 56) itself continues to change as […]

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Restrictionist Lawyer Reveals Long-Term Assault on Immigrant Children

Restrictionist Lawyer Reveals Long-Term Assault on Immigrant Children

Today, the head of the legal arm of one of the most notorious restrictionist groups in the nation boldly admitted his work on Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law aims to end public education for the children of immigrants. Michael Hethmon of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), an offshoot of the Federation for American Immigration Reform […]

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How Will DHS Continue to Partner on Existing State Enforcement Programs Given Legal Challenge to Alabama’s Law?

How Will DHS Continue to Partner on Existing State Enforcement Programs Given Legal Challenge to Alabama’s Law?

Today, several newspapers reported on DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s statement that the federal government is not going to help Alabama implement its new immigration law, leaving many to wonder how the federal government will continue running existing state and local immigration enforcement programs like Secure Communities. On one hand, the federal government has sued Alabama […]

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A Small Step Toward Reform: Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Raise Per Country Immigration Caps

A Small Step Toward Reform: Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Raise Per Country Immigration Caps

An immigration bill introduced by Congressmen Lamar Smith and Jason Chaffetz and supported by Democrats may actually have a chance at passing in Congress. Scheduled for a mark up this week, the bill (H.R. 3012) would make small but significant changes to the way green cards are distributed by eliminating per country numerical limits on […]

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ACLU Brings Cases of Immigration Detention Abuse to Light

ACLU Brings Cases of Immigration Detention Abuse to Light

Reports of abuse from immigration detention facilities are nothing new. In fact, due to private contractors’ lax attitude and lack of federal oversight, many experts are finding that cases of abuse are vastly underreported. Last week, the ACLU reported on 185 allegations of sexual abuse of undocumented female detainees held in federal detention facilities. While […]

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Why Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is Bluffing on State Immigration Laws

Why Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is Bluffing on State Immigration Laws

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has built a political career out of playing fast and loose with the facts about immigrants—from stories of “headless bodies” in the desert to mischaracterizing all unauthorized immigrants as “drug mules.” And she’s not finished yet. Following a recent GOP Presidential debate, Gov. Brewer overplayed her hand by assuring the Huffington […]

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Dishonest Data on Immigration Cripples Honest Debate and Sensible Lawmaking

Dishonest Data on Immigration Cripples Honest Debate and Sensible Lawmaking

For years, data produced by restrictionist, anti-immigrant advocacy groups have permeated politics and policy. Today is no different. What’s alarming, however, is the ease with which politicians and lawmakers are using this dishonest data to support their restrictive positions on immigration.

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Some Alabama Businesses Having Trouble Replacing Immigrant Workers

Some Alabama Businesses Having Trouble Replacing Immigrant Workers

Just two weeks after Alabama’s extreme immigration law (HB 56) went into effect, many are reporting an exodus of immigrants, Latinos and their families from the state. While HB 56 supporters cheer the exodus as a victory, many Alabama businesses say they are left without an adequate workforce. Despite assurances from Governor Bentley that U.S. […]

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Redefining Criminality: Untangling DHS’s Record High Deportation Numbers

Redefining Criminality: Untangling DHS’s Record High Deportation Numbers

It was another record breaking year for deportations, with DHS logging 396,906 removals during Fiscal Year 2011. While the raw number is not in doubt, its meaning is far from clear. According to DHS, 55% of those removed (approximately 218,000) were “criminal aliens,” but the definition of “criminal” is overly broad. While DHS may tout […]

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On Immigration, Some GOP Candidates Prefer Hostile Rhetoric to Policy Solutions

On Immigration, Some GOP Candidates Prefer Hostile Rhetoric to Policy Solutions

Over the weekend, Republican presidential hopefuls Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann made it clear that they were willing to increase their anti-immigration rhetoric in order to court voters.  In the process, both confused the right to free speech with the responsibility of free speech, turning what should have been a debate on immigration policy into […]

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