As the House Immigration Subcommittee hearing, “Holiday on ICE,” gets underway, a press call today highlighted flagrant and repeated violations inside our nation’s immigrant detention centers and questioned why House Republicans are making light of an issue so seriously in need of reform.

As the House Immigration Subcommittee hearing, “Holiday on ICE,” gets underway, a press call today highlighted flagrant and repeated violations inside our nation’s immigrant detention centers and questioned why House Republicans are making light of an issue so seriously in need of reform.

Today at 1:30, the U.S. House Immigration Subcommittee will renew its attack on immigrants with a hearing to “examine” the Obama Administration’s updated Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS).

Today at 1:30, the U.S. House Immigration Subcommittee will renew its attack on immigrants with a hearing to “examine” the Obama Administration’s updated Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS).

Today at 1:30, the U.S. House Immigration Subcommittee will renew its attack on immigrants with a hearing to “examine” the Obama Administration’s updated Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS).

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s pledge to stick to the positions he has taken on the primary trail could hurt him in a general election matchup with President Obama, particularly with Hispanic voters over the question of immigration.

While the Supreme Court justices took up health care, opponents of Arizona’s extreme immigration law looked ahead. Eleven attorneys general filed an amicus brief on Monday in support of the federal government’s suit against the law, SB 1070, which the Supreme Court will hear in April.

Last year, several states passed strict laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. Those laws are now being challenged in federal court, and next month the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Arizona’s immigration law — but that hasn’t stopped some Southern states from moving forward with more restrictions.

Republican politicians have overwhelmingly embraced an approach to immigration reform that offers only misery, arrest and punishment to the undocumented. That is popular with party’s hard-right base, but toxic with Hispanic voters — which has led some Republicans to come up with proposals that seem to shimmer with promise but lead to the same no-future dead end.

Historically, New York has been a mecca of immigration, with countless stories of the Statue of Liberty being the first thing that the denizens of established Irish and Jewish neighborhoods arriving in New York City saw after suffering in steerage class across continents.