June 19, 2013 |
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee began its review of the SAFE Act, a noxious, cynical measure that, if passed, would designate all undocumented immigrants as criminals for the first time and would allow states to enforce their own immigration laws as well as federal laws. If that sounds at all familiar it's because the bill is little more than a rewrite of Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's punitive 2005 proposal that drove millions of people to march in the streets and ultimately helped doom efforts to overhaul the nation's broken immigration system.
June 14, 2013 |
Last June, the Obama administration unveiled a special program that grants some young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation. A year later, that program remains in place and so does the controversey surrounding it. Under the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children, and who have graduated from high school or served in the U.S. military can apply...
June 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - More than 1,300 minors - including several dozen 14 or younger - were held for days in immigration detention facilities for adults over a four-year period when the Obama administration ramped up deportations, according to a new report by an advocacy group. The proposed immigration overhaul in the Senate aims to improve detention conditions for immigrants without legal status, but critics say the stiffer enforcement of border security will create additional backlogs for already overcrowded facilities.
February 20, 2013 |
TUCSON -- Local law enforcement officials detained more than 800 U.S. citizens at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over a four-year period, according to an analysis of ICE statistics released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse on Wednesday. These Americans were inadvertently caught up among the nearly 1 million requests for immigration holds that ICE issued from fiscal year 2008 to 2012. An immigration hold or detainer is a notice that federal agents give to local authorities to hold a person for up to 48 hours.
January 3, 2013
The Obama administration has spent nearly four years trying to convince states and local law enforcement that the federal immigration program known as Secure Communities is narrowly targeted to deporting dangerous criminals. It's not. And late last month, the administration finally conceded as much when it announced long-overdue reforms that should restore some credibility and fairness to the controversial program. Secure Communities was created to identify "dangerous criminal aliens" for deportation.
December 6, 2012
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has spent the better part of the past year insisting that a controversial federal immigration program known as Secure Communities requires him to hold anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, if called on to do so by U.S. officials. But in fact, it does not. Compliance is optional, and on Wednesday, the Sheriff's Department conceded as much, announcing that in light of a new legal directive from California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, it will no longer detain or hand over illegal immigrants arrested for minor offenses.