DHS Looking To Create National License Plate Tracking System

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 11:00 am

The problem with creating billion dollar bureaucracies like the Department of Homeland Security for insignificant threats like “terrorism” is that the administrators have nothing better to do all day but think of new ways to justify their existence and expand their power. Enter DHS’ newest proposal to create a national license plate tracking system. Forget [...]

Interview: Presente Responds To Obama Administration Arrests Of Member’s Family

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 10:52 am

Last week U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the home of prominent immigrant rights activist Erika Andiola, and took away her mother, Maria, and her brother, Heriberto. Erika and her family had been working in Arizona organizing for immigrant reform in the days leading up to the raid. Erika previously had a leadership role [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Binational Couples Sue Government Over DOMA Restrictions on Green Cards for Same-Sex Spouses

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 9:37 am

At the intersection of LGBT rights and immigrant rights, a coalition of five legally married binational couples have filed a lawsuit against the government over the inability to get green cards for their non-citizen spouses because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The right of American citizens to have their chosen spouse live with [...]

Undocumented Foreclosure Victim Deported After Protesting Illegal Foreclosure

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 8:55 am

You’ve heard about borrowers getting kicked out of their homes, and you’ve heard about undocumented immigrants getting deported. Rarely do you hear the story that combines the two. Here is one of those stories. The foreclosure defense group of Occupy Los Angeles brings us the story of Blanca Cardenas. Cardenas is undocumented with two US-born [...]

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