Attention is squarely on family seperation.
### via Chicago Reporter
In 2010, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told his staff to focus on deporting the most dangerous and violent undocumented immigrants. But an investigation by The Chicago Reporter found little change in the percentage of these deportations since then—nationally and in the agency’s Midwest region, which includes Chicago.
John Morton, who stepped down as director of the agency this past summer, issued the directive in a June 30, 2010 memo. Yet between 2010 and 2012, the number of people removed from the country who committed a serious felony or violent crime—what officials call the “priority 1” category—actually decreased slightly from 9.5 to 8.7 percent, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement data analyzed by the Reporter.
In reality he could have taken action by stopping deportations a long time ago. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
### via REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.
"Once that's done, you know, the day after, I'm going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.
The president's domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner.
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Homeland Security has been detaining undocumented immigrants under a quota that has been reaching record numbers in the last few years. Despite a decline in undocumented crossings in the US recently, Homeland Security's "bed mandate" policy is not stopping ICE officials from meeting their assigned quota. According to Nick Miroff, ICE is now detaining any "foreign-born" legal US resident that has committed a crime which makes them possibly eligible for deportation. Read more below.
###Via The Washington Post
KARNES CITY, Tex. — In the past five years, Homeland Security officials have jailed record numbers of immigrants, driven by a little-known congressional directive known on Capitol Hill as the “bed mandate.”
The policy requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep an average of 34,000 detainees per day in its custody, a quota that has steadily risen since it was established in 2006 by conservative lawmakers who insisted that the agency wasn’t doing enough to deport unlawful immigrants.
Why is the DOJ and the Obama administration fighting to keep Segio Garcia from his career? Let us know your thouhts below.
### via NPR
On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court holds oral arguments in a case that will determine whether Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, can become a licensed attorney.
The case has drawn attention from legal groups across the country and comes amid the larger national fight over immigration reform.
On the side of Garcia are the State Bar of California and the California attorney general. Opposing his admission to the bar is the Justice Department, among others.
We're still waiting for the decision to stop deportations period.
### via ABC/UNIVISION
Federal immigration agents will be able to give greater leniency to parents who get caught up in the immigration system, according to an Obama administration policy directive released on Friday.
Immigration agents already have the authority to not pursue certain low-priority immigration offenders, including those who are parents of minors. But a new policy would formalize and broaden the special recognition granted to parents who are picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Wait, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
### via Politico
Marco Rubio’s back in the ring on immigration reform and he’s got a new move: Congress needs to fix the problem — or Barack Obama will.
The line is meant to touch a nerve with conservatives who might dislike the idea of immigration reform, but loathe the idea of Obama taking on any major issue on his own — let alone immigration.
Rubio’s goal is to re-ignite momentum behind a reform package that fizzled this summer in the House, where most Republicans have balked at the idea of a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers.
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President Obama met with various religious leaders who urged him to pass immigration reform as soon as possible. After the hour-long meeting, some of the religious leaders were optimistic that a comprehensive immigration reform will be in tact this year.
Jordan Fabian, from ABC-Univision reports that Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Confernece had said,
“I walked out of that meeting with a greater sense of optimism, with the strong chance of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year."
Fourteen religious leaders attended this meeting, amongst those where leaders who represented Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant and Mormon churches as well as religions such as Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
As bipartisan groups continue to build a immigration reform legislation, it is evident that religious leaders have played an essential role in organizing support for immigration reform. Clergy members agreed that President Obama is clearly committed to make an effort and work with Republicans to pass an immigration legislation with a pathway to citizenship.
Jim Wallis, Head of the Christian Group Sojourners said, "There is more than politics involved here, there are moral issues involved here and that is what the faith community is lifting up. He thanked us for that "
The wife and son of a deported undocumented immigrant exhorted President Barack Obama to cut down on his administration’s deportation policy in a video released by an alliance between the Latino advocacy group Cuéntame and other organizations.
“For me, the main thing is having the family together,” Josefina Mora said in Spanish in the video, released Tuesday night. “It’s the basis for the whole family. If he’s not with us, our family’s torn apart, it’s destroyed. My sons need him. They have medical issues. And I know that, like us, there are thousands and thousands of families going through the same situation of pain and anguish.”Read more
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A huge issue in the debate about immigration reform is whether or not 11 million undocumented immigrants who already live in the U.S should be given the opportunity to be given a pathway to citizenship.
Talking Points Memo reports that leading GOP figure in the House , Rep. Raúl Labrador said,
'The people that came here illegally knowingly --- I don't think they should have a path to citizenship,' he said on NPR, 'If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.'
Under Labrador’s proposal, which reflects a middle ground sought by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, undocumented immigrants would receive a visa that allows them to live, work and travel in and out of the United States, but without the right to vote or become a green card holder or citizen.
“Some people are calling it a blue card or a red card,” said the conservative Latino congressman.
Although, there are GOP House members that do support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship such members are Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), there doesn't seem to be enough pro-citizenship members to get a bill through the House.