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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.

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.

‘Nobody’ in Pembroke Pines wants proposed immigration detention center, commissioner says

Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo tells The Florida Independent that as an immigrant and an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform he abhors the proposed immigration detention center to be built on a lot surrounded by his city.

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…

Steve King wants congressional hearings on Obama’s ‘drunken Uncle Omar’

By | 09.14.11 | 3:32 pm

Last month, Onyango Obama, half-brother to the President Obama’s father, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and then held by authorities due to an outstanding deportation last month.

Republican lawmakers, conservatives use arrest of Obama’s uncle to attack deportation reform

By | 08.30.11 | 5:35 pm

Onyango Obama, half-brother to President Barack Obama’s father, was arrested last week in Massachusetts on suspicion of drunken driving. He is now being held without bail by federal immigration officials because, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), he had a prior deportation order at the time of his More…

Lamar Smith, Nathan Deal signed 1999 letter calling for discretion in deportation cases

By | 07.24.11 | 12:17 pm

As promised, U.S. House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced on Tuesday a bill, titled the HALT Act, which would suspend the Obama administration’s ability to exercise discretion in prosecuting deportation cases. Smith was motivated to introduce the bill by a widely-discussed memo from Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) director John More…

ICE audits disproportionately target lower-income workers, say immigration experts

By | 07.01.11 | 6:30 pm

On June 15, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began an intensified round of employer audits, notifying 1,000 businesses across the country that they would be facing inspections of their employee records. Businesses selected for audits must turn over the I-9 forms, in which they give their Social Security numbers and More…

Most of federal immigration spending goes to enforcement

By | 04.26.11 | 3:23 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The budget recently approved by Congress to keep the federal government running through the 2011 fiscal year  includes a series of cuts to major federal immigration agencies that will impact immigrants and immigration programs over the next year. #


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Colorado Secure Communities prop dies following claims it was a ‘mass deportation dragnet’

By | 04.19.11 | 5:30 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

A bill that would have pulled state funding from local governments refusing to participate in the controversial Secure Communities program died in the Senate Monday. HB 1140, sponsored by Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, and Rep. David Balmer, R-Centennial , met its end under fire from immigrant advocates who More…