The top story in the Spanish-language press is yesterday’s meeting between several police chiefs of U.S. cities and Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Arizona SB 1070. President Obama’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border also continues to receive significant coverage.

Republican Senators are busy offering a number of border-related amendments today to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill for new jobs, disaster relief and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing their recent steadfast advocacy of the immigration status quo. Instead of proposing steps toward a lasting fix of the immigration system, the Republican “border security first” mantra and its related amendments amount to an endorsement of the failed immigration policies of the past two decades.

Spending on immigration enforcement has steadily climbed since 2002. It continues to skyrocket. Our new chart shows that spending for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) increased from $7.5 billion in 2002 to $17 billion in 2010.

Ten police chiefs from cities across the country, including three from Arizona, traveled to Washington, DC today to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and reiterate what they’ve been saying for weeks: Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law will make their jobs harder, erode working relationships built on mutual trust and cooperation between law enforcement and immigrants, and make communities less safe. The federal government should step in to prevent more states from following suit.

The Spanish-language press gives substantial coverage to President Obama’s announcement that he plans to send more National Guard troops to the border. Rumors that the Department of Justice will take action against Arizona’s SB 1070 also receive press, as does a new poll by America’s Voice shows that support for comprehensive immigration reform is stronger than support for the Arizona law.

McCain y Kyl reciben 1,200 efectivos de la Guardia Nacional y 500 millones de dólares en fondos de seguridad fronteriza, aunque estos ex defensores de la reforma migratoria no le dan nada a cambio al presidente Hoy el presidente Obama se reunió con la bancada republicana del Senado para, entre otras cosas, discutir la necesidad de… Continue »

25/05/10 a 4:53pm Nuevo sondeo bipartidista: mayoría de votantes apoya la ley SB 1070 de Arizona, pero también apoya la reforma migratoria integral Washington, D.C. – Un nuevo sondeo bipartidista sobre inmigración demuestra que los estadounidenses de diversa ideología, incluyendo los que apoyan la ley SB 1070 de Arizona, también favorecen vigorosamente acción nacional en el rubro… Continue »

Looks like President Obama will be giving Senators John McCain (R-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) most of what they’re asking for: $500 million in new border security funds and 1,200 National Guards deployed to the Southern border. All this, in exchange for… refusing to support comprehensive immigration reform.

Say what?

President Obama went into the Lion’s Den today and challenged Republicans to work with him on comprehensive immigration reform. So far, so good. But he left the Lion’s Den having given into the key GOP demand of “border security first” without getting anything in return. Say what? Talk about one step forward and two steps back.

25/05/10 a 2:03pm por Maribel Hastings When health-care reform seemed doomed, the media began to publish articles saying that Barack Obama’s legislative strategy was not working effectively because his advisors were not paying attention to the advice of their Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Health care reform is now law. Now that immigration reform is… Continue »