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Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Written by on January 3, 2017 in State and Local with 0 Comments
Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Since the election, states and localities have begun to think creatively about how to push back against President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to undermine current enforcement priorities and increase deportations. His party’s efforts to deny federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” has mayors across the country proudly declaring themselves such places. Additionally, they’re  preparing to implement […]

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Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Written by on February 5, 2016 in Refugee Status, State and Local with 0 Comments
Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

The Florida House of Representatives passed a sweeping “anti-sanctuary city” bill this week that would penalize Florida counties who do not aggressively target undocumented immigrants or who fail to honor every federal request to detain immigrants, regardless of the requests’ constitutionality. A House committee also passed a bill that targets non-Western Hemisphere refugees who are […]

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Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Raleigh, the debate over whether local law enforcement officers should be involved in enforcing federal immigration law is back at the fore.

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Senate to Vote on “Sanctuary Cities” Legislation

Written by on October 19, 2015 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Senate to Vote on “Sanctuary Cities” Legislation

The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on Senator David Vitter’s (R-LA) “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” (S. 2146). The bill is an enforcement-only approach to immigration and fails to address our outdated immigration laws and the need to enact comprehensive reforms. S. 2146 attempts to punish so-called “sanctuary cities” […]

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How North Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Bill Would Impact All State Residents

Written by on October 13, 2015 in State and Local with 1 Comment
How North Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Bill Would Impact All State Residents

At a time when many states are adopting policies that harness immigrant’s social and economic contributions, elected officials in North Carolina are advancing anti-immigrant legislation that could have sweeping implications for all state residents. The state legislature recently passed H.B. 318, misleadingly titled as the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act.” The bill contains the following […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

Written by on July 15, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified to the House Judiciary Committee—his first appearance in Congress since the tragic killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Secretary Johnson faced Congressional representatives who repeatedly supported making immigration detainer requests mandatory. Johnson responded by repeatedly emphasizing “cooperation” with local authorities, rather than mandated […]

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With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Immigration reform legislation remains stalled in Congress, and the Obama administration has yet to announce what executive actions the president will take on immigration after the election. In response to the lack of reform, churches across the country are sheltering undocumented immigrants who face imminent deportation by providing them with sanctuary. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is […]

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In California, TRUST Act One Step Closer to Becoming Law

In California, TRUST Act One Step Closer to Becoming Law

The California state Senate overwhelmingly approved the TRUST Act on Thursday, marking a significant step for a piece of legislation aimed at limiting the humanitarian impact of the Secure Communities program. The bill must still pass the state Assembly and be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to become law, but its success thus far represents […]

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Sanctuary Cities and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program: Two Things that Do Not Go Together

Written by on November 9, 2010 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
Sanctuary Cities and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program: Two Things that Do Not Go Together

The Center for Immigration Studies recently released a report entitled Subsidizing Sanctuaries: The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which claims the federal government is giving State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) grant money to “sanctuary” cities. The problem with this argument is that the very fact these cities (San Francisco, Chicago, Arlington, VA) are receiving […]

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