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Secure Communities task force to Homeland Security: Stop Secure Communities

Former members of a task force on Secure Communities sent a letter this week to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calling on her to suspend the immigration enforcement program.

Anti-Muslim organization to honor U.S. troops in Florida

The United West, an anti-Islamic organization, will host an event in Tallahassee on the first day of Florida’s 2012 legislative session to honor members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq.

Homeland Security severs immigration-enforcement ties with Arizona sheriff

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it is immediately terminating its immigration-enforcement agreements with the office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

Homeland Security launches broad review of immigration court cases

By | 11.29.11 | 12:26 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The Department of Homeland Security recently it will begin reviewing about 300,000 deportation proceedingsto implement prosecutorial discretion measures laid out in a June 2011 memo issued by John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (aka ICE).

The Office of Principal Legal Advisor at ICE in charge of the review More…

Controversial Arizona sheriff endorses, campaigns with Perry

By | 11.29.11 | 11:01 am | More from The Florida Independent

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, who has been called “weak” by immigration-enforcement supporters, has picked up the support of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, notorious for his immigration-detention measures and his birther conspiracy theories.

The Phoenix New Times reports:

According to multiple national news outlets, Arpaio


GOP, presidential candidates attempt to soften immigration rhetoric for 2012

By | 11.29.11 | 10:28 am | More from The Florida Independent

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s recent call for a humane path to immigration enforcement makes him the most recent conservative voice calling for solutions that encompass something more than the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Color Lines, a daily news site “in service to racial justice,” writes today that Gingrich’s”remarks More…

Arizona’s Russell Pearce explains his defeat

By | 11.15.11 | 3:34 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce — one of the most recognized architects of that state’s immigration enforcement law S.B. 1070, and who recently lost a recall election — writes today that his defeat had nothing to do with S.B. 1070.

VIDEO: Rubio on foreign aid, immigration

By | 11.14.11 | 12:39 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke on Fox News this morning about Republican presidential candidates’ comments on foreign policy, while also answering questions about a potential vice presidential run and immigration.

U.S. Senate approves tax credits for companies that hire veterans

By | 11.11.11 | 11:27 am | More from The Iowa Independent

In a rare bipartisan effort, members of the U.S. Senate voted Thursday, before returning to their districts to attend Veterans Day ceremonies, to approve a portion of Obama’s American Jobs Act that provides tax breaks to companies that hire veterans.

Iowa GOP voters say cut military before Medicare or Social Security

By | 11.11.11 | 10:42 am | More from The Colorado Independent

Likely Republican caucusgoers sent a strong message to GOP presidential candidates in an Iowa AARP survey released Thursday, showing they’re strongly opposed to cuts to Social Security and Medicare and would much rather reduce military spending to address the federal deficit.