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Payroll tax bill includes funds for more immigration detention beds

The congressional showdown over payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits continues after the GOP-led House voted Tuesday against a Senate bill approved over the weekend.

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…

DHS devising system to make it harder for immigrants to work illegally

By | 03.22.11 | 10:29 am

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is trying to come with a new system that would make it harder for illegal immigrants to fake legal working status, reports The Washington Post.

Currently, employers can check workers’ legal status using E-Verify (which, as of Monday, allows individuals in the More…

Is DHS’s ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign helpful or burdensome?

By | 02.16.11 | 4:36 pm

Image by Matt MahurinThe message “If you see something, say something,” will be plastered on television and posters throughout the Staples Center this weekend at the NBA All-Star game as part of a recent partnership announced Tuesday between the National Basketball Association and the Department of Homeland Security. Officials said the campaign partnership More…

House passes bill to ease immigration for military couple

By | 11.16.10 | 6:21 pm

An interesting, albeit limited, bill passed the House yesterday to change part of immigration law to recognize proxy marriages involving military service members in immigration proceedings. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote, was created to help one woman: the Japanese widow of a Marine who died in More…

Will a Republican House mean beefed-up immigration enforcement and more deportations?

By | 11.11.10 | 4:02 pm

With the GOP set to take over the House in January, I’ve been trying to pinpoint some immigration proposals — if any exist — that House Republicans, Senate Democrats and President Obama might agree on. Beyond mandating E-Verify and banning “sanctuary cities,” the next session might More…

Immigration courts add 23 judges

By | 11.11.10 | 9:41 am

The Justice Department has sworn in 23 new immigration judges, increasing the number of judges by about 10 percent in one day, according to a post Tuesday on the DOJ website. (The post, strangely, does not say what day the justices were sworn in, noting only that it More…

San Diego California News - July 14, 2010

Immigration agency confirms fingerprint-sharing program is mandatory

By | 11.10.10 | 12:00 am

Immigration and Customs Enforcement official David Venturella started off a meeting with San Francisco law enforcement leaders on Tuesday with an apology. ICE, he admitted, had given conflicting information about Secure Communities, a program that shares fingerprints taken for criminal background checks with federal immigration enforcement, and whether counties like More…

Advocacy groups vow not to back down on Secure Communities in Arlington

By | 11.08.10 | 12:59 pm

I reported earlier that Arlington, Va., is giving up on its efforts to opt out of Secure Communities, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement program that allows ICE to check immigration status using fingerprints collected for criminal background checks. After meeting with ICE officials on Friday, Arlington’s county manager More…