Archive for October, 2012

Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Update (11/2): USCIS has posted this reminder of special services and temporary relief that may be available to individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy, including expedited processing of employment authorization documents and extensions of certain non-immigrant status designations.  In its discretion, USCIS will also take it into account requests from individuals who were unable submit evidence [...]

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Supreme Court to Consider Reach of Padilla v. Kentucky

Supreme Court to Consider Reach of Padilla v. Kentucky

In its landmark decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court confirmed that criminal defense attorneys have a constitutional obligation to advise their clients if pleading guilty to a particular offense could lead to deportation. On Thursday,* the Justices will consider a follow-up question of critical importance for many immigrants placed in removal proceedings on [...]

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Immigrants Play Key Role in Virginia’s Economy

Immigrants Play Key Role in Virginia’s Economy

Recent state-level immigration battles are often characterized by a great deal of negative attention and not enough positive information about immigrants living in those states.  Unfounded claims about the costs of immigration overlook the benefits and contributions immigrants make to American communities.  Fortunately, some organizations are dedicated to pushing back on the negativity and publishing [...]

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New Research Casts Doubt Upon “Attrition Through Enforcement”

New Research Casts Doubt Upon “Attrition Through Enforcement”

Contrary to the expectations of anti-immigrant activists, unauthorized immigrants are not leaving the United States and returning home en masse in response to the onslaught of federal, state, and local immigration-enforcement initiatives in recent years. In fact, preliminary evidence indicates that unauthorized immigration to the United States from Mexico may be inching its way upward [...]

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Associated Press Issues Misleading Defense of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Associated Press Issues Misleading Defense of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Unlike lawyers and policymakers, journalists have an obligation to use language that ordinary people understand. Although the practice is generally helpful, it can sometimes result in oversimplification, or sacrificing accuracy for the sake of supposed clarity. A perfect example is the memo issued by the Associated Press last week endorsing use of the term “illegal [...]

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Drilling Down on Latino Voter Engagement

Written by on October 23, 2012 in Election 2012, Elections, Rhetoric, Voting with 1 Comment
Drilling Down on Latino Voter Engagement

Project Vote predicts that the number of Latinos who are eligible to vote in this year’s Presidential campaign has increased by 21 percent over 2008. In 2012, nearly 24 million Latinos will be eligible to vote. The growth of this voting bloc is important to track, and much attention is paid to its growth each [...]

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Los Angeles County Faces Sweeping Suit Over ICE Detainers

Los Angeles County Faces Sweeping Suit Over ICE Detainers

Under the Constitution, it has long been established that the government needs “probable cause” to hold an individual in custody, and that people granted bail must be released once it is paid. In a class-action lawsuit filed last Friday by numerous immigrants’ rights groups, Los Angeles County and Sheriff Lee Baca stand accused of flouting [...]

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ICE Scaling Back 287(g) Program

ICE Scaling Back 287(g) Program

The 287(g) program has been controversial and criticized for years, and immigrant advocates have demanded that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) terminate the program.  Section 287(g) of the INA allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to enter into agreements that delegate immigration powers to local police, but only through negotiated agreements, documented in Memoranda [...]

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A Growing Consensus on Supporting Immigration Reform

A Growing Consensus on Supporting Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is not a “liberal” cause; it is a common-sense cause that appeals to people from a variety of political persuasions. More than a few conservative intellectuals, commentators, politicians, religious leaders, and law-enforcement officials favor revamping the U.S. immigration system to make it more responsive to the economic demands, social realities, and security concerns [...]

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