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Immigration as Economic Renewal Published: Dec 14, 2011 "While states have been busy enacting numerous pro- and anti-immigration policies, the immigration debate at the federal level has been deadlocked for years. The federal government’s failure to make substantive changes to immigration policy has resulted in frustration not only on the part of state legislatures but also U.S. employers. Current immigration
New Report: MCHR and National Immigrant Justice Center Call on Obama to Reform Immigration Detention and Stop Expansion of Failed System Published: Dec 13, 2011 "A report by two Midwest human rights groups details ongoing abuses at county jails holding immigrants in the Midwest and calls on the Obama administration to end the expansion and privatization of the abusive immigration detention system. The report, Not Too Late for Reform, authored by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the
Immigration border busts take big dip Customs says‎ Published: Dec 13, 2011 "American border apprehensions – a key indicator of illegal immigration - have plummeted to one-fifth of what they were at its peak in 2000, a new report released by the Customs and Border Patrol agency indicates. The year-end report found 340,252 apprehensions were made by CBP in the 2011 fiscal year, down 53 percent since 2008, and drastically lower than
Supreme Court to weigh in on immigration battle Published: Dec 13, 2011 "The Supreme Court will decide in coming months whether Arizona and other states can target illegal immigrants for arrest, setting the stage for an election-year ruling that will vault the justices into the contentious political debate over efforts to crack down on immigration violators. The announcement means that the justices will rule next year on three
Federal Judge: Alabama Immigration law likely 'discriminatorily based' Published: Dec 13, 2011 "A federal judge in Montgom­ery has blocked a provision of Ala­bama's immigration law that for­bids local agencies from doing business with undocumented im­migrants, saying the entire law is likely "discriminatorily based." U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson issued a prelimi­nary injunction Monday afternoon against a part of the law that for­bids
Report: Immigration Detention Centers in Kentucky, Illinois Violate Rights Published: Dec 12, 2011 "Detainees in three immigrant detention centers in Illinois and Kentucky have been denied legal counsel, received poor medical care and rarely eat a hot meal, among other human rights violations, advocacy groups said in a report released Monday. The detention centers, two in Illinois and the other in Kentucky, were the focus in the report by the
Kagan recuses herself from Arizona case Published: Dec 12, 2011 "Justice Elena Kagan said Monday that she would recuse herself from the challenge to Arizona's controversial immigration law, presumably because she served as President Obama's solicitor general when the federal government filed the original lawsuit against the state. Her recusal opens up the possibility for a rare 4-4 split on the court; since a lower
Alabama officials: Kids not taken due to new law‎ Published: Dec 12, 2011 "Alabama's governor and the head of the state's child welfare agency say the state's tough new immigration law has not been used to take children away from their illegal immigrant parents despite the earlier predictions and fears of some immigrants. Shortly after the law took effect, many illegal immigrants signed documents allowing friends, relatives and