Archive for August, 2012

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fosters Anti-Latino Discrimination

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fosters Anti-Latino Discrimination

According to a new report from the National Immigration Law Center, anti-Latino discrimination is alive and well in Alabama, and has gotten a seal of approval from the governor and the state legislature. HB 56, the state’s increasingly infamous anti-immigrant law, went into effect on June 9, 2011, and has since inspired all manner of […]

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California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

The California TRUST Act (AB 1081) has now passed both houses of the state’s legislature and is awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.  Passage of the TRUST Act would be an important step toward mitigating the harmful impact of the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm).   Immigrant advocates from across the country are calling on Gov. Brown to […]

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Doing the Math: Immigration Detention Costs a Pretty Penny

Doing the Math: Immigration Detention Costs a Pretty Penny

By Dan Gordon, Communications Associate, National Immigration Forum Congress will return to Washington after Labor Day amid talk of a “fiscal cliff,” yet loath to address the steep price American taxpayers shoulder to detain immigrants.

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DHS Says Safety Before Enforcement in the Face of Hurricane Isaac

DHS Says Safety Before Enforcement in the Face of Hurricane Isaac

Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a joint letter stating that immigration enforcement actions would not take place if Hurricane Isaac puts people’s lives in danger.

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Why States Should Grant DACA Beneficiaries Driver’s Licenses

Why States Should Grant DACA Beneficiaries Driver’s Licenses

In the early 2000s, one of the ways states attempted to control unauthorized immigration was by limiting immigrant eligibility for driver’s licenses and state-issued identification documents. The arguments for and against extending eligibility for driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants takes a new twist with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Because those who […]

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Why Kobach’s Lawsuit Against Deferred Action is Unlikely to Stand Up in Court

Why Kobach’s Lawsuit Against Deferred Action is Unlikely to Stand Up in Court

Kris Kobach’s official job title is Kansas Secretary of State. But he is better known for drafting—and being hired to defend in court—state and local immigration laws designed to make undocumented residents “self-deport.” His two most notorious undertakings are Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HB 56, which have largely been eviscerated by federal courts. Yesterday, […]

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5 Ways DACA Renews the Conversation on Immigration Reform

5 Ways DACA Renews the Conversation on Immigration Reform

There’s no doubt that recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative is the biggest thing to happen in immigration law in many years. While most of the attention is currently focused on how to make it work, how to apply and how to work out the kinks, it’s important to take […]

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Immigration Law Curbs Foreign Student Entrepreneurship

Immigration Law Curbs Foreign Student Entrepreneurship

Nearly everyone agrees that the U.S. immigration system should provide visas for entrepreneurs who want to start businesses in the U.S. and employ American workers.  However, convoluted immigration laws make it difficult for some entrepreneurs to launch their business while they’re in school and remain lawfully in the U.S. after they graduate in order to […]

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Alabama Ruling Yet Another Rebuke to State Immigration Laws

Alabama Ruling Yet Another Rebuke to State Immigration Laws

As with the Supreme Court’s recent opinion on Arizona SB 1070, initial media coverage portrayed the (technically) mixed rulings on the Alabama and Georgia immigration laws as a split decision. But do not be fooled: yesterday’s opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit represent a sweeping win for the immigrants’ rights […]

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BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down Major Provisions of Alabama, Georgia Immigration Laws

Written by on August 20, 2012 in Immigration Law, Supreme Court with 3 Comments
BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down Major Provisions of Alabama, Georgia Immigration Laws

In a series of decisions issued Monday afternoon, a federal appeals court in Atlanta struck down major portions of controversial immigration laws passed by Alabama and Georgia—including a provision requiring public school officials to determine the immigration status of newly enrolling students. As the first decisions to be issued following the Supreme Court’s opinion in […]

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