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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.

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…

Brazilians in Broward County gather to defend immigrant rights

By | 10.19.11 | 6:01 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Brazilian immigrants met Tuesday night in a Pompano Beach restaurant to view the documentary Lost in Detention and discuss the impact current immigration detention and deportation policies have on their South Florida community.

Record number of deportations, immigrant day of action both announced today

By | 10.18.11 | 5:01 pm | More from The Florida Independent

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it deported record numbers of immigrants in fiscal year 2011 on the same day immigrant advocates announced a national day of action called “Obama, Immigration and the Latino Community.”

GOP bill would force deportation of undocumented domestic violence victims

By | 09.26.11 | 5:19 pm | More from The Florida Independent

According to immigrant advocates, a new immigration enforcement bill being considered in Congress would undermine existing immigration law by removing prosecutorial discretion and deferred action, two components that protect undocumented victims of domestic violence.

Mass. drunk driving death inspires bipartisan bill cracking down on unauthorized immigrants

By | 09.26.11 | 3:34 pm

In response to the death of a motorcyclist who was hit by a drunk driver who lacked a driver’s license because he was an undocumented immigrant, Massachusetts lawmakers from both parties introduced legislation on Friday that cracks down on unauthorized immigration.

Miami-Dade commission to Fla. Legislature: Do not pass immigration laws

By | 09.20.11 | 9:50 am | More from The Florida Independent

The Miami-Dade County Commission today will consider a resolution urging the state Legislature not to pass legislation related to immigration, “while supporting comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.”

Sponsored by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, the resolution (.pdf) states

  • “Miami-Dade County has the most


Noncitizens won’t be informed of their rights before questioning, says Obama administration (UPDATED)

By | 08.15.11 | 6:02 pm

Under a new decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals made on Thursday, immigrants arrested without a warrant will not be read their rights until they are placed in formal deportation proceedings. The Board argued that its decision (PDF) was based on changes to regulations stating that immigrants arrested More…

ICE task force member questions decision to terminate Secure Communities agreements

By | 08.10.11 | 2:23 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The National Immigration Forum — a member of a task force created by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to help improve its Secure Communities immigration enforcement program — is questioning ICE’s decision to terminate agreements to implement the program in an effort to prevent agencies from opting out of it altogether. #