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Long Island Joins 200 Jurisdictions Nationwide in Rejecting Automatic ICE Holds

More than 200 police jurisdictions nationwide have ended their cooperation with automatic ICE holds, and Long Island is now one of them. Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco this week ended his department’s cooperation with ICE holds, in which immigrants who are detained by police traffic or other minor violations are automatically detained until immigration officials can pick … Continue reading »

Sheriff Arpaio Trial UPDATE: Deputies Testify for Defense

Yesterday was Day 6 of the Melendres vs. Arpaio civil lawsuit under way in Phoenix probing into whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office are guilty of routinely engaging in racial profiling. A post at Fronteras sums up how the trial has been going so far:  So far the federal judge hearing the case has … Continue reading »

After SB 1070 Ruling, Indiana's AG Believes Part of State's Anti-Immigrant Law is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court’s ruling that finds most of Arizona’s SB 1070 as unconstitutional is impacting other states that have passed similarly egregious legislation. Indiana, for example: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller [a Republican!] conceded Tuesday that a key portion of the state’s anti-illegal-immigration law is unconstitutional, and it appears unlikely lawmakers will revise the statute … Continue reading »

When Immigration Enforcement Equals Inhumane Enforcement

No One Should Lose Parental Rights, or Be Assaulted, in the Name of “Enforcing the Law” Everyone knows our nation’s immigration policies need to be fixed.  But behind these failed policies are real human beings: those who make decisions about how to enforce the law, and those whose lives are affected by their decisions.  Two … Continue reading »

News Roundup: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Day in court

This week, notoriously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio heads to court, facing charges of civil rights violations, namely racial profiling.  (For a rundown of the worst things Sheriff Joe Arpaio has done, view this list.) Here’s what the media covered the trial: From Edvard Pettersson and William Hermann of Business Week: Stanley Young, a lawyer for … Continue reading »

When Immigration Enforcement Equals Inhumane Enforcement

Cross-Posted at Mom’s Rising: I’d like to believe that most Americans, perhaps with the exception of the hard-core nativists, like Rep. Steve King and Romney advisor Kris Kobach, knows our nation’s immigration policies need to be fixed.  But behind these failed policies are real human beings:  those who make decisions about how to enforce the … Continue reading »