Four young undocumented immigrants spoke on a telephone press conference today to urge President Obama to grant relief from deportation to young people who would have been eligible for the DREAM Act, which was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in December, but failed to pass in the Senate.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said on Friday he would sign into law an Arizona-style immigration bill, a move that would thrust his state into the center of the national debate over securing the country’s borders.
A top official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement met Friday with local immigration reform activists and community leaders about complaints agents are “racially profiling” residents. Community activist Angela Reyes said ICE Director John Morton promised to do a case-by-case and systemic review of the agency’s enforcement policies.
The state of Arizona has moved onto contentious political territory once again with the legislative passage of a bill requiring President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can appear on the state’s ballot.
In order to get California localities on board the Secure Communities program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had to resort to deliberate deception, fudging the facts as to whether the program was voluntary, what its priorities would be, and where it derived its authority.
Today on a press call, DREAM Act youth and immigration experts described the established legal authority of the President to halt the arrest, jailing and deportation of young people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. Speakers provided examples of how President Obama and previous presidents have used similar authority in the past. The young people on the call shared their personal stories and pledged that their communities would hold the President accountable if he continues to refuse to provide this relief.
As we’ve been mentioned in previous blog posts, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Detroit is one of the worst run offices in the country.
It is not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to have helicopters and planes to patrol from above, but Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, has created what he calls his own air force: a collection of 30 private planes that his “air posse” uses to track illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Detroit is “out of control” and must be held accountable for its actions, according to one immigrant rights leader. Ryan Bates, director of the Alliance for Immigrant Rights & Reform Michigan, says Detroit ICE agents have been involved in at least half a dozen instances since May that violate Constitutional rights.
Following Arizona’s lead, the Georgia Legislature on Thursday passed a strict measure that would empower police to check the immigration status of “criminal” suspects and force many businesses to do the same with potential employees.