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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…

Arlington, Va., drops effort to opt out of immigration enforcement program

By | 11.08.10 | 9:18 am

After meeting with immigration enforcement officials, the county of Arlington, Va., is giving up on its push to remove itself from Secure Communities, a program that shares fingerprints collected for criminal background checks with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Arlington was one of three counties where officials said they More…

Report: Workers, visa system exploited by employers

By | 11.05.10 | 3:04 pm

Via the Kansas City Star, a government report released this week found that foreign workers are at times abused and exploited under the H-2B visa program, which allows companies to hire foreign workers for temporary jobs they can’t fill with Americans. The Government Accountability Office found that some More…

Communities begin to meet with immigration officials to discuss enforcement program opt-out

By | 11.05.10 | 10:17 am

Today will be the first in a series of meetings between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and officials in communities that want to opt out of the Secure Communities enforcement program. Officials from Arlington, Va., will meet with ICE and representatives from the state of Virginia today to figure out the More…

Virginia Tea Party Convention - Day 2

GOP aims to bolster immigration enforcement, but little change is likely

By | 11.04.10 | 6:00 am

During his campaign for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama made the now-broken promise to Latino supporters that he would pass comprehensive immigration reform in his first year as president. But in remarks to the press on Wednesday, after Republicans took control of the House and won back several More…