White House to prioritize removals; DREAMers may benefitAugust 19, 2011
The Obama administration announced earlier that it will reevaluate 300,000 pending removal cases in order to prioritize those concerning individuals with criminal charges.Read more...
Obama extends Enforced Departure for LiberiansAugust 16, 2011
Earlier this week President Obama announced an 18-month extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for many Liberians in the U.S. Of the approximately 3,600 individuals who will avoid deportation as a result, about one-third of them live in Minnesota.
Economists warn that AL's immigration law could hurt state economyJuly 18, 2011
Alabama recently passed the nation's most restrictive immigration laws, informed by Arizona's SB 1070 which was passed in limited form last year. Some economists warn that the economic contribution immigrants make to Alabama outweigh the costs to social services and other government programs. A mass exodus of immigrants from Alabama would, in that case, hurt the state's economy in the context of a larger nationwide slowdown. Read the article here.Read more...
Immigration replaces economy as top Latino issueJune 23, 2011
Findings by an independent research firm, Latino Decisions, found that 51% of respondents chose immigration as the most important issue facing Hispanics, while 31% said the economy and job, and 18% said education. To read the full story, click here.Read more...
VP of Liberia visits Minneapolis to appeal for DEDJune 20, 2011
Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai visited Minneapolis on June 17 to highlight the expiring Deferred Enforcement Departure for Liberians. If President Obama does not extend DED status for Liberians, then many of whom are living in the United States without Premanent Resident status would be force to be deported back to Liberia. Liberian VP Joseph Boakai stressed that Liberian are welcome back, but because of the vulnerable state the country is currently in after years of war, that the Liberians living in the U.S. should be able to choose whether to go back or not and not by force.
To read the full story by the tcdailyplanet, click here.Read more...
Minnesota Senators Klobuchar, Franken, Others Urge Obama to Extend DED for LiberiansJune 08, 2011
Minnesota Senators Klobuchar, Franken, and others are urging President Obama to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Liberians living in the United States. DED is set to expire on September 30, 2011, and if not extended, would prevent Liberians from applying for permant residence status and be forced back to their war torn country of Liberia. To read the full story and see the actual letter sent to President Obama from supporting Senators, click here.Read more...
A controversial federal immigration program - Secure communities 101: Here's what you need to knowMay 31, 2011
Secure communities is a program under the Obama administration that requires local authorities to fingerprint anyone who is booked in jail, and have their fingerprints sent out to federal authorities to check on the immigration status of the individual. It has become a controversial issue as immigration advocates argue that "the federal government does not have the authority to force localities to join them in enforcing federal immigration law."
To read the full story and to get a better understanding of the Secure communities program, go here.Read more...
Deportation Halted for Some Students as Lawmakers Seek New PolicyApril 28, 2011
Olga Zanella was pulled over by the police, but had no driver's license; she was turned in to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.). After fighting the case for two years, Ms. Zanella was granted by ICE the right to stay and live in the United States as long as she stayed in school and out of trouble. Surprised by the decision, Ms. Zanella's parents and siblings decided they didn't want to live in the shadow anymore and turned themselves in, hoping for the same relief that Olga had received. ICE's reason for the Ms. Zanella's decision was that they wanted to focus on deporting criminals and not DREAM kids or immigrants who have never committed a crime. Democrat Lawmakers are still hoping to push this issue forward by fighting for the DREAM Act and making sure ICE only deport criminals.
To read the full story by the NYTIMES, click here.Read more...
Police Chiefs reluctant to enforce immigrationMarch 04, 2011
Many Police Chiefs across the country have been speaking openly about taking the role as immigration officers. Majority of them are against it, reason being that they are counter to their missions as police officers. The hesistation is from losing witnesses and testimonies from people who may be scare that doing so will result in trouble with immigration. This is the main reason why Montgomery County, MD Police Chief J. Thomas Manger says he's "trying to avoid my police officers getting into the immigration enforcement business.” To read the full story from the New York Times, click here.Read more...