An attempted crackdown on illegal immigrants in Pennsylvania remains in legal limbo after Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in a similar case, and parties on both sides claim the high court’s decision bolsters their respective positions.
“ Remember, remember always that all of us, especially you and I,
are descended from immigrants and revolutionists…”— Franklin Roosevelt, 1938 Daughters of the American Revolution Address (via welcomingrhodeisland)
The government has somewhat clarified the news from this morning:
Any undocumented alien who is not older than 30, came to the United States before he or she was 16, has lived in the U.S. today and for at least 5 years, has graduated from an US high school or passed the GED or served in the U.S….
Please share widely: Dreamers facing deportation right now need to call 1-855-448-6903 or email EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov if you qualify for relief under the deferred action plan. Beginning June 18, individuals may call the USCIS hotline at 1-800-375-5283, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with questions on the process. DO NOT turn yourselves over to ICE yet. DO NOT pay anyone money to get you status in the country. We will be releasing a list of competent immigration attorneys to talk to shortly.
About the Position: The volunteer will be teaching English as a Second Language and related coursework to participants in the Refugee and Immigrant Community Services program. The program provides free ESL and English Language Civics classes at our Belmont/Cragin location. . The volunteer…
“The educational credentials of these recent [Asian] arrivals are striking,” the report said. Sixty-one percent of 25-to-64-year-old Asian immigrants come with at least a bachelor’s degree—more than double non-Asian immigrants, making the recent Asian arrivals “the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history.”
“…the fundamental demand of undocumented people and their allies is not citizenship but the freedom to live, love, and work wherever they pleased… Merely by crossing the border illegally to support their families, undocumented workers express their belief that borders are or should be irrelevant.”—
The right to live where you want in a fulfilled, wholesome, and healthy way is a simple and fundamental human right. Why is it so hard for our so-called “leaders” to acknowledge this? We want to be able to practice our humanity, not assimilation.
On Friday, when President Barack Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the administration will protect as many as 1.4 million young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Jose Antonio Vargas might easily have been among the country’s most…
The Arizona Republic reports that the girl was with 15 other suspected undocumented immigrants who were traveling to the Midwest and northeast United States, according to Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
“She’s been turned over to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to try to determine where she’s from. She told us she’s from El Salvador. That’s what she told us,” Hegstrom said.
KPHO reports that all the suspects paid between $300 and $3,500 to be illegally smuggled into the U.S., according to the Sheriff’s office.
The arrests came Friday night, the same day that Obama announced his administration would not deport young undocumented immigrants under certain circumstances.
Last week, Arpaio told ABC15 that his office still plans to arrest undocumented immigrants with the same fervor that has made him a nationally known law enforcement figure.
“I think people from Mexico are now going to feel, ‘Hey come on in and we’ll get by with it.’ But it won’t happen in this county. They will still be arrested,” Arpaio said.
An undocumented immigrant applying for a law license in California should be allowed to receive it, the State Bar of California argues in a filing to the state Supreme Court.
Sergio Garcia, 35, of Chico, Calif., has met the rules for admission, including passing the bar exam and the moral character review, and his lack of legal status in the United States should not automatically disqualify him, the Committee of Bar Examiners said Monday.
NEW YORK TIMES: Romney Exhibits a Change in Tone on Immigration ABC NEWS: Romney Rips Obama’s Immigration Approach CBS NEWS: Romney’s speech pleases few on both sides of the immigration debate UNIVISION NEWS: NALEO Conference: Romney softens tone on immigration, slams Obama ASSOCIATED PRESS: FACT CHECK: Romney, Obama on immigration plans ASSOCIATED PRESS: President Barack Obama says he will fight for immigration reform NEW YORK TIMES (Editorial): California’s Trust Act NEW YORK TIMES (Rose Op-Ed): Death in the Desert NEW YORK TIMES (Downes Post): Romney’s Immigration Speech WASHINGTON POST (Sargent Post): On immigration, Mitt Romney dodges yet again WASHINGTON POST (Rubin Post): Romney shows some leg on immigration LOS ANGELES TIMES: Romney taunts Obama, ducks overall immigration fix CNN (Navarrette Op-Ed): Romney too timid on immigration WASHINGTON POST: Asian arrival: How STEM demand led to a massive shift in immigration LOS ANGELES TIMES: Marco Rubio defends Mitt Romney on immigration LOS ANGELES TIMES: She’s undocumented, but she’s also undaunted ABC NEWS (Dwyer Post): Obama Campaign Presses Romney on Immigration Question THE ATLANTIC: Romney Speaks on Immigration, But Doesn’t Answer the Question CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY: Rubio Criticizes Obama’s Immigration Move as Not ‘Responsible’ HUFFINGTON POST (Scott Post): Alabama’s Anti-immigrant Laws Put More Than 13,000 Good Export Jobs at Risk HUFFINGTON POST LATINO VOICES (Pierson Post): Reality and the President’s New Immigration Directive NATIONAL JOURNAL: The Continuing Education of Sen. Rubio NATIONAL JOURNAL: Report: More Than 600,000 Immigrants Were Naturalized in 2011 NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: Some Immigrant Students Still Dreaming Of Clarity ORLANDO SENTINEL (Sharry Op-Ed): Order makes DREAM come true for young Americans POLITIC365 (Garcia Post): Arizona, Arpaio and SB1070 Spur Crusade for Immigrant Rights
Immigration Policy Update: Immigration Policy Conversation Picks Up
Romney Addresses Immigration at NALEO Conference
On June 21, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a speech at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Mr. Romney started off by attacking the President’s record on the economy. On the issue of immigration, Mr. Romney again began by attacking the President’s record. He addressed the question of whether he would let stand “the President’s executive action” [deferring the deportation of certain young undocumented immigrants]. He said that he would put in place his own “long-term solution that will replace and supersede President Obama’s temporary measure,” that would “prioritize measures that strengthen legal immigration.” However, the President’s action dealt with a certain population of undocumented immigrants. For undocumented immigrants, Mr. Romney offered only “a path to legal status for anyone who is willing to stand up and defend this great nation through military service.” That would apparently not include the majority of persons covered by the President’s “executive action.”
Perhaps the most concrete change offered by Mr. Romney is to propose to “exempt from caps the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents,” so that spouses and minor children of LPRs would be treated the same as spouses and children of U.S. citizens. He also proposed to offer green cards to anyone who graduates from a U.S. school with an advanced degree and to expand temporary worker programs.
With the exception of those who serve in the military, Mr. Romney was largely silent on undocumented immigrants. Without addressing the undocumented, it will be difficult for him to live up to his promise to “find a long-term solution.”
You can read Mr. Romney’s remarks at the NALEO Conference here, and you can read his “Strategy For Bipartisan & Long-Term Immigration Reform” here.
Reaction to Administration’s Announcement on Deferred Action
After the Administration’s announcement on June 15 that it would defer enforcement action for certain young undocumented people who came to the U.S. as young children, reaction in Congress has been predictably partisan. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a persistent critic of an Administration enforcement strategy that focuses on national security and public safety threats, issued a statement saying that the Administration “put partisan politics and illegal immigrants ahead of the rule of law and the American people.” In a survey of House and Senate Republican offices by Think Progress, only one (Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida) supported the policy, while 147 opposed. Two members of the House have introduced legislation that would prevent the Administration from offering deferred action. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), has introduced H.R. 5957, prohibiting the Secretary of Homeland Security from granting deferred action or otherwise suspending “the effectiveness or enforcement of the immigration laws. Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), has introduced H.R. 5953, which would roll back not only the June 15 announcement, but the Administration’s earlier prosecutorial discretion initiative. Neither of these bills stand a chance of becoming law. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is reported to be considering suing the President over the deferred action policy. On the other side of the aisle, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) praised the President’s announcement and compared the current immigration challenges facing the nation to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
The public, meanwhile, favors the policy by a 2 to 1 margin, according to a Bloomberg National Poll. Among independents, the policy is favored by more than a 2 to 1 margin. For Republicans, this support in the general electorate compounds a problem they’ve had with the Latino electorate, which has heard plenty of harsh rhetoric coming from Republican politicians. The move by the Administration left Republicans struggling to find a message, and this fact is reflected in some of the post-announcement newspaper headlines: “Sen. McConnell: Waiting for Romney on Immigration” (Wall Street Journal); “Republicans wait for Romney to tell them his position on immigration” (Washington Post); “Republicans refine immigration message after Obama’s scoop” (CNN); “GOP caught flat-footed on immigration” (Politico); “GOP stuck on immigration” (The Hill).
We will see in the coming days how Mr. Romney’s remarks at NALEO’s convention play out among his Republican colleagues.
Resources on Deferred Action
The Forum has compiled a list of resources having to do with the Administration’s June 15 deferred action announcement, and we will continue to add the list, which can be found on our DREAM Act page. CLICK HERE. You can also reach the page by clicking on the graphic on our home page.
The main point to stress right now is that there is no process in place yet for applying for deferred action. USCIS was given 60 days from June 15 to devise a process for people who want to apply. There are reports already of “notarios” reaching out to people to try to get their money to “help” them apply. There is nothing to apply for at this time. USCIS will post information on their Web site when they have it.
On June 7, the House passed its version of the appropriations bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year 2013. During the floor debate, there were several immigration-related amendments that passed. A few highlights (lowlights):
An amendment by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) would prevent USCIS from implementing its proposed rule to adjudicate family unity waivers (waivers to the three- and ten-year bar to re-entry) while applicants remained inside the U.S.
Another Amendment by Steve King would prohibit DHS from spending money to “finalize, implement, administer, or enforce a set of memos issued by ICE Director John Morton to focus enforcement resources on national security and public safety threats (the “prosecutorial discretion” memos). (Passed by a vote of 238 to 175.)
The Senate passed its version of the DHS spending bill out of the Appropriations Committee, but debate for the whole Senate has not yet been scheduled. The Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating the President would be advised to veto the House bill in its current form.
Bill Would Exempt DHS from Environmental Laws on Federal Lands
On June 19, the House passed H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. Included in this bill is a measure originally introduced as H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). This bill would exempt the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from complying with dozens of environmental laws on lands within 100 miles of the northern and southern land borders. The Bishop bill is included in H.R. 2578 as Title XIV. This bill will likely not be taken up in the Senate.
Senate Would Roll Back Labor Regulation
On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill (S. 3295) to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for the 2013 fiscal year. Included in this bill was an amendment sponsored by Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) that would prohibit the use of funds to carry out a Labor Department rule governing the H-2b temporary visa program for non-agricultural seasonal workers. The rule, which has yet to be implemented, would provide strengthened protections for workers against employer abuse of the program. The amendment was adopted by a vote of 19-11 with five Democrats joining Committee Republicans. Here
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