Archive for March, 2012

DHS Review of Immigration Cases Expands to Half Dozen New Cities

DHS Review of Immigration Cases Expands to Half Dozen New Cities

The Washington Post and Huffington Post are reporting that ICE’s ongoing review of existing deportation cases will expand to six new cities in the coming months. Initially launched in Baltimore and Denver in 2011, the initiative will soon expand to Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans and Orlando, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York […]

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New Legislation to Boost Tourism Would Bring Jobs, Revenue to U.S. Economy

New Legislation to Boost Tourism Would Bring Jobs, Revenue to U.S. Economy

When it comes to the global tourism market, the U.S. is missing out in a big way. So much so, in fact, that the Obama administration has issued two executive orders to address the drop in international tourism revenue. Over the last ten years, America’s share of the travel market fell from 17% in 2000 […]

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Supreme Court Flooded with Briefs Opposing Arizona SB 1070

Supreme Court Flooded with Briefs Opposing Arizona SB 1070

Proponents of Arizona SB 1070 often insist that the infamous immigration law enjoys considerable public support. Yet even if such claims are correct, one would hardly know it from the flood of briefs filed at the Supreme Court this week opposing the measure. Unlike the monolithic set of briefs filed last month in support of […]

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Mississippi Farming, Law Enforcement Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose State Immigration Law

Mississippi Farming, Law Enforcement Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose State Immigration Law

Economists aren’t the only ones who think a patchwork of costly state immigration laws is a terrible idea. This week, Mississippi farming and law enforcement groups each sent separate letters urging state lawmakers to reconsider moving forward with Mississippi’s extreme immigration law, HB 488. The groups call the law an “unfunded mandate” and cite the […]

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More Evidence that Hostile Immigration Enforcement Compromises Public Safety

More Evidence that Hostile Immigration Enforcement Compromises Public Safety

The priorities of immigration enforcement authorities, such as ICE and the Border Patrol, often do not align with those of local law enforcement agents. When local law enforcement officials are charged with enforcing federal immigration laws, unauthorized immigrants tend to lose trust in, cease interacting with, and often do not report crimes to law enforcement […]

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Congressional Budget Cuts Threaten Vital USCIS Integration Grant Program

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Congressional Budget Cuts Threaten Vital USCIS Integration Grant Program

This month, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced $5 million in government grant opportunities available to service providers who help immigrants integrate and prepare for the naturalization exam. The money for these grants, awarded through the Citizenship and Integration Grant program, however, was not appropriated through Congress. Congress actually voted not to fund […]

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DHS Announces Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Syrians

DHS Announces Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Syrians

Due to ongoing violence in Syria, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that DHS will provide Temporary Protective Status for Syrians currently in the United States. According to the L.A. Times, “more than 10,000 people have died in the yearlong conflict, including civilians, armed dissidents and security forces, according to U.N. […]

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DREAM Advocates Begin a 3,000-mile March from California to Washington

DREAM Advocates Begin a 3,000-mile March from California to Washington

Jose Gonzalez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1987, but he has called California home for almost all of his 25 years.  A community college graduate, as well as a youth minister in his church, Jose wants to attend a four-year university, but his family cannot afford tuition, and he cannot work to pay his […]

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Court Upholds Ban on Restrictive Immigration Law in Farmers Branch, Texas

Court Upholds Ban on Restrictive Immigration Law in Farmers Branch, Texas

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling this week enjoining a law enacted in Farmers Branch, Texas, that bars undocumented immigrants from renting housing in the city and revokes the licenses of landlords who knowingly rent to them. The restrictive law, which passed in 2008, was struck down […]

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Anti-Immigrant Agenda Goes Mainstream as Nativist-Extremist Movement Declines, Report Finds

Anti-Immigrant Agenda Goes Mainstream as Nativist-Extremist Movement Declines, Report Finds

The “nativist extremist” movement in the United States is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. On the one hand, the number of these virulently anti-immigrant groups plummeted between 2010 and 2011. On the other hand, many of the people and ideas from these groups have found new homes in the conspiracy-obsessed “Patriot” movement, the […]

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