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 [...]

More on Today’s Arizona Immigration Ruling

By: Monday June 25, 2012 1:40 pm

I could be accused of being too optimistic about the Supreme Court immigration ruling. I recognize that the portion of the law the Court left intact, the “show me your papers” measure, was most certainly the most important. But the Court didn’t “uphold” that part of the law in any way. They basically let it [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ruling on Alabama Immigration Law Validates “Papers Please” Aspects of SB1070

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 6:18 am

When I first heard about the ruling from a federal judge in the Alabama immigration law case, I thought that most of the more egregious aspects of the law were enjoined. Only upon further inspection did I realize that the judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction for some of the most controversial parts. U.S. [...]

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 [...]

Secure Communities Task Force Members Resign Rather than Endorse the Program

By: Friday September 16, 2011 8:50 am

Before the Administration enacted their deportation review, I wrote about the series of protests at Secure Communities task force hearings, where Latino activists denounced the program that has resulted in mass deportations of undocumented immigrants despite assurances that only violent criminals would be swept up. The activists called on the task force members to resign, [...]

Deportation Review a Textbook Example of Effective Activism

By: Friday August 19, 2011 12:56 pm

Roberto Lovato, who I interviewed for my story yesterday about the new Obama Administration order to do a case-by-case review of all deportations in the system, winnowing out the non-criminals in favor of those convicted of serious crimes, reiterated his thoughts in a Huffington Post op-ed. He remains an uncompromising figure. While the administrative changes [...]

Latino Activists Not Satisfied By New Deportation Order From White House, Still Pressing for Full Reform

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 1:08 pm

Latino and immigration activists have staged mass walkouts of federal task force hearings over the Obama Administration’s immigration and deportation policies, including “Secure Communities.” This week that pressure had an impact, as the Administration revised its rules. But activist groups aren’t satisfied.

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 [...]

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