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Deportation Policy

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 »

BPC Supports Obama Deportation Policy Over Political Concerns, Despite Human Toll

Yesterday, we learned that the Bipartisan Policy Center has concluded, somehow, that President Obama should not expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to other immigrants facing deportation because that action would “undermine” the effort to pass immigration reform. From BPC: “Some immigration reform advocates, frustrated by the slow pace of congressional action, are suggesting … Continue reading »

Upcoming Milestone for Obama Administration: 2 Millionth Deportation

Tomorrow, tens of thousands of immigration reform advocates will gather together in more than 180 events in 40 different states around the nation.  They’ll be demanding that Congress take action and pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.  And they’ll be calling for an end to the deportations that have separated millions of families. … Continue reading »

Seven Undocumented Immigrants Arrested At White House Protesting Deportations

This morning, seven undocumented immigrants were arrested in front of the White House during a protest of the Obama administration’s deportation policy. Here’s the message the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which organized today’s protest, sent out before the action began: Last night the President told Telemundo that reducing deportations isn’t an option but we disagree. … Continue reading »

Ohio Immigration Case Highlights Need for Real Immigration Reform

Cross-posted from Cleveland Plain Dealer: Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez is at home in Elyria with his family. This may not seem like a monumental statement, but for Pedro, Seleste and their children, it means everything. That’s because, until two weeks ago, the government was trying to deport Pedro. Despite the fact that he has lived in the United … Continue reading »

11-Year-Old Who Confronted Desjarlais Is 'Mad' At Him for Saying Her Dad Should Be Deported

Earlier this week, we wrote about 11-year-old Josie Molina Macaraeg, who bravely stepped up in a Tennessee town hall meeting with Rep. Scott Desjarlais to ask what she could do to help her dad, who is in deportation proceedings. A heartless Desjarlais only told her that “the answer remains the same, that we have laws and that … Continue reading »