Immigrant rights advocates this week are organizing protests against a federal initiative aimed at deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes. Adopted in 2008, the Secure Communities program authorizes the FBI to automatically send fingerprints to immigration officials.

The recent anti-illegal- immigrant law enacted by Alabama makes it a crime to “transport, conceal, harbor or shield an illegal immigrant.” Along with the Obama administration, an ecumenical group of Alabama’s Christian leaders opposes the bill, charging that the law makes it illegal to act as a “good Samaritan” toward an illegal immigrant.

If implemented fully and fairly, the new changes will focus immigration enforcement on the worst of the worst, and not the best and the brightest.

Today the Obama Administration announced significant changes to deportation practices bringing them in line with enforcement priorities. The Administration responded to the call for administrative action with significant changes that, if implemented fully and fairly, will focus immigration enforcement on the worst of the worst, not the best and the brightest.

Below is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, on today’s announcement from the Obama Administration about bringing deportation practices in line with enforcement priorities.

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The Obama Administration has established a new process for handling the deportation cases of DREAM Act students and other individuals.

Earlier this month, there were news stories circulating on the interwebs about a mysterious announcement Senator Durbin had made in a meeting with the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board.

A farmer in Maine who is raising crops sustainably told Times columnist Mark Bittman, “If the cost of food reflected the cost of production, that would change everything.” Instead, American produce is underpriced, in part because farmers and growers rely on illegal immigrant workers, who are paid little and often have poor working conditions.

If you hire your mom to work for you, E-Verify her. That was the message Wednesday to the about 200 business owners who attended an information session on com­plying with the law that was signed this summer.