Deportation Reviews Mostly Didn’t Happen

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:52 pm

Rep. Steve King has been threatening to sue the Obama Administration over their new directive to stop deportation proceedings and instead offer work permits to DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants. King continued that threat yesterday. KING:I want to stop the bleeding at the border. I want to shut off the job magnet. I want to force the [...]

Republicans in Disarray After Deferred Action for DREAMers Announcement

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 1:28 pm

If observers thought that the Administration’s announcement on granting deferred action status and work permits for DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants represented a high risk, the first reactions and impressions do not show it. In fact, it’s the mainstream Republicans who are scrambling for a response to this, somewhat mindful of the impact of demonization on the [...]

Obama Announcement on DREAM Relief Marred By Right-Wing Heckler

By: Friday June 15, 2012 12:11 pm

President Obama outlined his decision on immigration policy today, granting relief and work permits for approximately 800,000 “DREAMers” brought to America as children. And in the middle of his announcement, Neil Munro, a writer for the right-wing Daily Caller, interrupted the President and asked him why he was taking the side of foreigners over Americans. [...]

White House to Grant Immunity, Work Permits to DREAMers

By: Friday June 15, 2012 7:43 am

The Department of Homeland Security will grant immunity from deportation to so-called “DREAMers,” undocumented immigrants brought to America as children, and give them work permits to stay in the country. The Administration’s standing in the Latino community has taken a serious hit from the continued record deportations over the past few yeas. Activists have castigated [...]

Administration Deportation Reviews Doing Next to Nothing So Far

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 6:25 am

The Obama Administration introduced the deportation reviews last year to much fanfare, claiming that they would help 300,000 undocumented immigrants currently in the deportation system get a fair shake. Only threats to public safety or repeat offenders would get deported, and those contributing to society, particularly the DREAM students who know nowhere else as a [...]

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 [...]

Patriots for Self-Deportation Mock Romney Premise

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 2:05 pm

Here’s my hands-down favorite story of the day. During the debate last night, Mitt Romney offered up the idea of “self-deportation”, which sounds like something you shouldn’t do because you’ll go blind, but which actually just describes the idea of making life completely miserable for immigrants so they’ll give up on America and go home. [...]

Munoz, Public Face of Secure Communities Program, Elevated to Policy Position in White House

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 12:42 pm

Today, the White House announced that Cecilia Munoz, currently the director of intergovernmental affairs, will become the director of the Domestic Policy Council, replacing Melody Barnes, who departed at the end of December. The Wall Street Journal article linked above positions Munoz as an “advocate for Hispanics,” and intimates that this is a calculated move. [...]

White House to Accelerate “Extreme Hardship” Immigration Process

By: Friday January 6, 2012 7:35 am

In potentially good news on the immigration front, the Obama Administration will change the rules for immigrants who apply for legal status. They will allow children and spouses of US citizens applying for legal status to go through the process while staying in the country, rather than the current rule, where the applicant has to [...]

Texas Teenager Mistakenly Deported to Colombia

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 10:55 am

If you want to understand why the Obama Administration should have some concern about Latino voter turnout in 2012, look no further than this story. (Lorene) Turner has been searching for (her granddaughter) Jakadrien since the fall of 2010, when she ran away from home. She was 14 years old and distraught over the loss [...]

In Majority-Latino West Liberty, Iowa, No Presidential Candidates Inspire Much Support

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 10:15 am

People talk about the whiteness of Iowa. However, with the rise of Latino labor, particularly in food processing plants, the minority population has been rising around some factory clusters. In fact, Univision found a town called West Liberty with a majority-Latino population. So how are they viewing the caucuses tonight, and more broadly the Presidential [...]

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