Republican Increase in Visas to Foreign Graduates at US Schools Comes With Reduction in Other Legal Immigration Programs

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 9:38 am

In one of their last acts before going home to campaign, House Republicans will pass a bill today that would increase the level of high-skill immigrants allowed to stay in the country. It would expand by 55,000 the visas granted to foreign graduates of US colleges and universities in what are known as the STEM [...]

More on the $465 Fee for DREAM-Eligible Deferred Action Applications

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 9:35 am

The other day, I noted that the application for DREAM-eligible immigrants for deferred action status, enabling them to avoid deportation and stay in the United States with a work permit for two years, will cost $465. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a subsidiary of the Department of Homeland Security, will handle the applications. [...]

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 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 [...]

Knives Already Out for Waters After Frank Retirement

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 8:56 am

I looked yesterday at what Barney Frank’s retirement would mean for the all-important House Financial Services Committee. The next in line to represent Democrats as the leader of that committee is Maxine Waters, and I thought there would be significant pushback to her attaining that leadership role. It turns out that I was right. There’s [...]

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 [...]

ICE Announces Dragnet of Criminal Immigrants

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 8:55 am

Today the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced a roundup over the last week of nearly 3,000 alleged criminal immigrants from across the country.  The action follows a recent order from the Department of Homeland Security to focus only on serious criminals in their deportation efforts. Last month Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced [...]

Gutierrez on Deportation Review: “Delighted,” But Must Remain Vigilant

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 12:47 pm

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, one of the leaders among Hispanics in Congress, says that the deportation review initiated by the Obama Administration is an excellent start to executive action on immigration, but that advocates must “remain vigilant,” and that there are other steps the Administration can take. Gutierrez, who has been speaking out against the President’s [...]

Local Law Enforcement Says Secure Communities Harms Their Efforts

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 12:11 pm

Adam Serwer writes about a new report on DHS’ Secure Communities program, showing that it harms law enforcement efforts: The law enforcement argument against Secure Communities goes something like this: Because the program is automatic, undocumented immigrants are discouraged from talking to police because of the possibility that they might end up getting deported. “When [...]

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Speaks Out on Obama’s Immigration Policies

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 12:09 pm

People have been mesmerized today by writer Jose Antonio Vargas’ revelation in a New York Times Magazine piece that he is an undocumented immigrant. He didn’t find this out until he tried to get a driver’s license on his 16th birthday, and he was told that his papers were fake. In fact, he was smuggled [...]

Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform in El Paso

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:47 pm

The President’s remarks on immigration reform, happening live from El Paso, Texas right now, reflect a return to promises made during the 2008 campaign, with the experience of a Presidency that has focused on border and workplace enforcement and deportations more than building the coalition for reform. I’m going to put the entire, 3,300-plus word [...]

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