An Open Letter To The Secret Service Regarding The Aaron Swartz File

By: Friday June 21, 2013 10:44 am

Dear Secret Service, Greetings. My name is Daniel Wright and my requester number is 20130429. I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [...]

CA AG Harris: Law Enforcement Doesn’t Have to Comply With Secure Communities

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 9:15 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has told law enforcement officials in the nation’s largest state that the Secure Communities program of the Department of Homeland Security is optional. It was Harris’ first public assessment of Secure Communities. Under the program launched in 2008, all arrestees’ fingerprints are sent to immigration officials, who may ask police [...]

DHS Issues Written Guidance for Immigration Officials that Same-Sex Couples Are in “Family Relationships”

By: Friday September 28, 2012 11:26 am

The Department of Homeland Security today announced a change to immigration rules, saying that they would consider same-sex couples as “family relationships” for the purposes of immigration policy. Specifically, the written guidance reads, “In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase ‘family relationships,’ I have directed ICE to disseminate written guidance to [...]

Anti-Immigrant Conservatives File Suit Against Administration’s Policy of Deferred Action for DREAM-Eligible Immigrants

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 12:58 pm

Fresh off reshaping the immigration plank of the GOP platform in the most extreme manner possible, Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, has sued Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over the Obama Administration’s new deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) policy, which enables eligible undocumented immigration to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation [...]

DREAM Activists Infiltrate Deportation Center, Find Detainees Inconsistent With Administration Policy

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:35 am

Yesterday I noted that the vaunted deportation reviews promised by the Department of Homeland Security haven’t actually taken place. Some incredible youth activists in Florida set out to prove this. They intentionally got themselves placed in immigrant detention centers to uncover the others held in the facilities. “Our organizers inside of the detention center have [...]

Florida Gains Access to DHS Non-Citizen Resident Database to Use in Voter Purge

By: Monday July 16, 2012 8:55 am

The Department of Homeland Security will supply the state of Florida with a database that they can use to help verify their voter rolls, after an unfavorable court ruling forced their hand. The database is a registry of non-citizen residents. The administration had blocked Florida’s request for access to the database for months, but the [...]

Rick Scott to Sue DHS for Access to Immigration Data for Voter Purge List

By: Monday June 11, 2012 2:27 pm

The Florida voter purge list was a major topic at Netroots Nation 2012, with a high-profile panel moderated by The Nation’s Ari Berman. When we last left the story, the state’s election supervisors had shut down the purge, after the Department of Justice sent a letter warning that the purge violated at least two federal [...]

Data Show Continued Decrease of Deportations Strictly for Criminal Activity

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 12:20 pm

About five months ago, I wrote about data from the Transitional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, showing that the Obama Administration deported fewer immigrants with criminal charges in 2011 than they did in 2010. The Department of Homeland Security took issue with the data, but offered no alternative data to resolve the dispute. Now [...]

House Leaders Try to Salvage Cybersecurity Bill By Watering It Down Slightly

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:33 am

Over the past couple weeks, another grassroots protest has emerged against legislation that would affect the Internet. It’s at a lower level than the SOPA/PIPA protests so far, but the activism against CISPA, which is considered cybersecurity legislation, is following the same trajectory. Many experts have described the threats from CISPA, particularly to the privacy [...]

Deportation Reviews Still Weeks Away

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 9:35 am

The deportation reviews announced by the Obama Administration back in August have not happened yet. Two months later, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims that they will begin shortly. The Obama administration soon will begin its systematic review of the approximately 300,000 pending deportation cases, separating “high priority” cases involving criminals it wants to deport [...]

Activists Decry Record Deportations in 2011

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 7:39 am

The news that the Obama Administration deported 400,000 undocumented immigrants in the last fiscal year, setting another record, did not come as welcome news to immigration advocates: The Obama administration might be touting the nearly 400,000 deportations of illegal immigrants last year as evidence that the White House is tough on enforcement and dedicated to [...]

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