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Big Week Ahead for Immigration Reform From SOTU To Cambridge, Maryland

Tonight, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union. Over the weekend, pundits and reporters obsessively speculated about what the President will say and how he will address key issues, like immigration reform. In a letter to supporters Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President, laid out the President’s 2014 meme: In this year of action, the … Continue reading »

Message to New DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: "What Most Needs Fixing is Immigration Enforcement"

Today, The New York Times published an editorial titled, “Homeland Security’s New Chief,” which lays out the challenges and expectations for Jeh Johnson on immigration. Fix the “ineffective and cruel” enforcement strategy – and expand DACA (emphasis below is ours): What most needs fixing is immigration enforcement. Under Mr. Johnson’s predecessors, the department’s continually shifting strategies … Continue reading »

NYT Spotlights ICE Raids In New Orleans: "Amid Steady Deportation, Fear and Worry Multiply Among Immigrants"

On the front page of today’s New York Times, Julia Preston has written an article about the Obama administration’s deportation policy — and the impacts it is having on immigrants in New Orleans. ICE has stepped up enforcement in that city — and families are being torn apart. There’s an especially disturbing aspect to this. … Continue reading »

Buzzfeed's John Stanton's Must Read On Real Life Implications of Deportation Policy

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced its deportation numbers for the past fiscal year.  While some headlines focused on the fact that deportations declined compared to the previous year, the sad and simple truth is that the Obama Administration is still deporting more immigrants than any other Administration in history. President Obama is on track to hit … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Responds to New Deportation Numbers from DHS

The Administration Should Stop Deporting People Who Would Qualify For Immigration Status under Pending Legislation Washington, DC—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced that the federal government deported 368,644 immigrants in the past fiscal year. While this represents a reduction from the previous year, it remains true that the Obama Administration has ramped up … Continue reading »

Goodlatte's "SAFE to Harass" Act Doubles Down on Enforcement and Cost to Taxpayers

We know that House Republicans are in denial about the human cost of immigration enforcement and massive deportations. That’s why they’d rather kick immigrant families out of their offices than face up to the true consequences of enforcement-only policies. This week, two new developments make it clear that the denial runs deep: Congress isn’t even … Continue reading »

Deportations May Be Down A Bit, But Not Nearly Enough

Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported on a possible drop in the number of deportations by the Obama administration: In his first term, President Barack Obama highlighted record deportations to show he was getting tough on immigration enforcement, which Republicans and even some Democrats have demanded as a condition for overhauling existing laws. The last fiscal year was different. The … Continue reading »

As Family Separations Continue, Immigrant Advocates, Nancy Pelosi and Others Press for Immigration Enforcement Reform

Washington, DC – The human toll of our failed immigration system and unrelenting deportations mounts every single day.  As the holiday season approaches, the Obama Administration is on track to break yet another deportation record.  The tragic case of Ardany Rosales Lemus illustrates the price of inaction that is paid by American families every day … Continue reading »

NILC: Things DHS Can Do Right Now to Ease Immigration Enforcement

All year long, we’ve been fighting for real immigration reform that creates a path to citizenship for the 11 million.  It’s easy to forget, though, that under current Obama immigration policies, families aren’t supposed to be separated and non-priority immigrants aren’t supposed to be deported.  Current immigration enforcement policies, if they followed their own guidelines, … Continue reading »

Weekend Photos: Advocates for Immigration Reform Demonstrate in Chicago, Omaha, Tucson

The nationwide March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect was technically last week, but immigration reform advocates and allies this weekend continued to push for reform.  Thousands of people showed up for rallies in Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska this last weekend, while activists in Tucson, Arizona engaged in an act of civil disobedience when they blocked a bus … Continue reading »