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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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DHS Faces Challenges as It Rolls Out the Priority Enforcement Program

Written by on August 5, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
DHS Faces Challenges as It Rolls Out the Priority Enforcement Program

Among the executive actions on immigration unveiled last November was the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would end the controversial Secure Communities program and replace it with the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). After months of planning, DHS officially launched PEP last month. The agency has begun a full court press on […]

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ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

Written by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

On Tuesday, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña, responsible for immigration enforcement inside the United States, testified for the first time to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. Saldaña defended ICE’s implementation of its new enforcement priorities, promised to convince local jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE, and received sharp questioning regarding […]

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Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?

Written by on December 30, 2014 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?

The misnamed Secure Communities program has been plagued with problems since its inception—most fundamentally, its failure to make communities more “secure.” Critics of the program have cited to its adverse impact on community policing, asserted that it encourages racial profiling, and highlighted the mounting evidence that many individuals encountered and subsequently removed through the program […]

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Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

Written by on October 29, 2014 in Immigration 101 with 3 Comments
Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

An unauthorized immigrant allegedly shot and killed two police officers on Friday in Northern California. Not surprisingly, opponents of immigration reform immediately tried to turn a tragic incident into an argument against immigration reform. As Kevin Johnson, dean of University of California-Davis Law School, said, “Everyone agrees that this is the sort of person we […]

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New Report Explains How U.S. Reached Record-Breaking Removals

Written by on October 17, 2014 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
New Report Explains How U.S. Reached Record-Breaking Removals

In March, as the Obama Administration was poised to deport its 2 millionth immigrant, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia dubbed Obama the “deporter-in-chief.” A new report from the Migration Policy Institute released Thursday confirms there is “no ambiguity that removals are at an all-time high,” as author Marc Rosenblum stated. The report, […]

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New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

Written by on September 9, 2014 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with […]

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Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Avalanche of Local Detainer Limits Underscores Need for Federal Policy Reform

Across the United States, county after county continues to alter policies to limit compliance with immigration detainers because of constitutional concerns. A spate of federal rulings found that detainers were not mandatory, so local officials increasingly seem to be coming to the conclusion that honoring detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which ask officers […]

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Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Legal Concerns Push Counties to Limit ICE Detainers

Doña Ana County in New Mexico announced this week it will stop honoring detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at the county jail, becoming the most recent in a string of local jurisdictions across the country to limit their compliance with detainers. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, county commissioners approved […]

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New York Legislators Propose State’s Own Brand of Immigration Reform

Written by on June 18, 2014 in State and Local with 1 Comment
New York Legislators Propose State’s Own Brand of Immigration Reform

While Congress drags its feet on immigration reform, states and cities push the envelope further to help immigrants already living in their communities. On Monday, two New York state legislators introduced the “New York is Home” Act, S. 7879 and A. 10129. It is sweeping legislation that would establish “state citizenship” for New Yorkers. The […]

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