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Better Late than Never: Janet Napolitano Endorses TRUST Act

Something is afoot this week when it comes to immigration and California, and the rest of the nation should pay attention. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law which will allow immigrants in California to legally drive, after decades where the state legislature, the Governor, or both refused to approve such a measure. Also this week, in … Continue reading »

New Report Can't Even Identify Total Number of Excessive Force Complaints Against Border Patrol

A report yesterday from the Office for the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security revealed that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been keeping such poorly detailed and incomplete records that it is impossible to identify the number of excessive force allegations lodged against the agency. As the report noted, neither … Continue reading »

Chertoff Slams Obama on Immigration, But He's the One With the Problem

In today’s Washington Post, former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff trots out the typical Republican complaints about President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “I understand when the decision was made not to deport the so-called ‘Dreamers’ it was seen as very humane. But for people skeptical and distrusting, that vindicated their skepticism,” Chertoff … Continue reading »

Senate Judiciary Committee Continues Hearings on Immigration Reform

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its third hearing on “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744.” The only witness today is Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. We’ll be livetweeting from @americasvoice, as will many of our colleagues and allies, using the hashtag #SJC.  You can watch the hearing … Continue reading »

Why is DHS Deporting Immigrants President Obama Wants to Put on a Path to Citizenship?

A disturbing new article in USA Today, based on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU of North Carolina, highlights how the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been focused on meeting deportation quotas by targeting, arresting and deporting low-priority immigrants.   Despite a stated policy … Continue reading »

Why is DHS Deporting Immigrants President Obama Wants to Put on a Path to Citizenship?

A disturbing new article in USA Today, based on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU of North Carolina, highlights how the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been focused on meeting deportation quotas by targeting, arresting and deporting low-priority immigrants.   Despite a … Continue reading »

Where MPI's Doris Meissner Slices And Dices "Vituperative" and "Disingenuous" Attack from Mark Krikorian

 Earlier this week, the Migration Policy Institute published a report, Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery. The headline of MPI’s press release summed up its findings, “U.S. Spends More on Immigration Enforcement than on FBI, DEA, Secret Service & All Other Federal Criminal Law Enforcement Agencies Combined.” Of course, … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary Napolitano Issues Written Guidelines for Bi-National Same-Sex Couples

Sometimes you just need something in writing. From the New York Times today: The Department of Homeland Security has stated in writing that foreigners who are same-sex partners of American citizens can be included under an Obama administration policy suspending deportations of some immigrants who pose no security risk. In letters sent late Wednesday to several Democratic … Continue reading »

Does Mitt Romney Support or Disavow His Immigration Advisor Kris Kobach?

Kris Kobach, immigration advisor to the Romney campaign, architect of the infamous Arizona and Alabama immigration laws, and driving force behind the Republican Party’s hard line platform on immigration, today joined with Roy Beck of NumbersUSA, the head of a leading anti-immigrant organization, and Chris Crane, the head of the ICE Union, to file a … Continue reading »