On Tuesday, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) convened about 40 state and local police officers from across Colorado to discuss immigration enforcement. The attendees reached the same conclusion as law enforcement professionals at previous PERF events in Phoenix, AZ and Raleigh, NC: the incoherence of federal immigration policy causes unnecessary difficulties for local police.

Unbound Philanthropy, The Opportunity Agenda, America’s Voice, and a number of other organizations are sponsoring Immigration: Arts, Culture and Media 2010 – A Timely Conversation with Artists and Advocates.

The forum will be hosted at Florence Gould Hall, from 7 to 9 p.m. on 55 E. 59th Street, New York, NY and will feature a number of accomplished panelists – and I’m not just saying so because one of them happens to be our very own executive director, Frank Sharry. No, in fact, this is quite the lineup…

Today, the Spanish-language media discusses the problems plaguing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as a new story about detained Haitians adds to a rash of disturbing news about the agency. Meanwhile, local police need clear guidelines on how to treat undocumented immigrants.

Immigrant advocates in Washington and Miami today strongly urged the Obama Administration to improve practices and performance by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with apprehending, detaining, and deporting unauthorized immigrants. According to reports today and Tuesday in the New York Times and this week in the Washington Post, the federal government has continued misguided immigration enforcement policies first implemented during the Bush years, and allowed ICE to continue to operate with little oversight and accountability. Today’s revelation that dozens of Haitians rescued after the earthquake by U.S. forces and brought to Florida were greeted with handcuffs and put in detention, was just the latest in a litany of abuses and scandals.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), started a hubbub among comprehensive immigration reform advocates last week when he expressed to members of the Capitol press corps that progressive immigration legislation was “dead” for 2010 due to the contentious passage of health care reform. But the battle isn’t over yet. In an interview with Sandip Roy at New America Media, Frank Sharry, the executive director of DC-based immigration organization America’s Voice, says, “I think we have a good chance of seeing a bipartisan bill being introduced in April.”

Today, the Spanish-language media highlights yesterday’s Supreme Court decision regarding lawyers’ obligations to immigrant clients, the release of disabled detainees and a meeting at the Republican National Committee with immigration activists, among other stories.

01/04/10 a 9:38am Los datos de la empresa encuestadora Research 2000, que realiza sondeos semanales de opinión sobre la situación general del país para el portal  de internet Daily Kos, revelan que la popularidad del presidente Barack Obama se incrementó entre los hispanos después de la Marcha Por América que concentró en Washington a 200.000… Continue »