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East Bay Express Profiles Janet Napolitano and Her Dismal Record with Immigrants, Immigration Reform

At the East Bay Express today is a long read, but a must-read, on former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and a play-by-play of her tenure as the department chief.  Napolitano left last year to become president of the University of California, and protests — organized by DREAMers, immigration reform advocates, and allies — have followed her since. … Continue reading »

Detroit Dad Deported After 2 Decades, 5 Children in US

Update: As Rep. Luis Gutierrez told Fusion today: “Democrats think all they need to do is to simply blame Republicans. You know what? We control the White House and we control the deportation apparatus,” he said. “We have a responsibility to act.” The Obama White House, more than once, has issued guidelines on prosecutorial discretion … Continue reading »

CBS News Asks: Can Immigration Reform Pass in 2014? Our Unrelenting Movement Will Make It Happen.

We can’t count the number of times this question of whether immigration reform can pass has been asked.  Last week, at our last “Office Hours” of the year, a number of advocates made the case about the unrelenting pressure from our movement, which only continues to grow. Frank Sharry said, “The immigration movement has been growing … 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 »

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 »

Ardany, Father of Two, Deported This Morning

Despite thousands of petitions and an all-night vigil to try and stop his deportation, Ardany Rosales Lemus–a father of two US-citizen children–was deported early today. An statement released by ICE suggested that the agency might have been able to exercise prosecutorial discretion on Ardany’s case, but chose not to.  As the statement said: After conducting a … Continue reading »

Obama's Approval Rating Lower Among Latinos, But That Won't Help Republicans Without Immigration Reform

Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanics are down.  According to a new Gallup poll, Hispanic support for the president has dropped from 75% last December to 52% last month, more than double his drop rate among whites or African Americans.  An article at the Washington Post today explains what these numbers have to do with immigration reform, and why … Continue reading »