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Federal lawsuit against Alabama immigration law avoids civil rights challenges

By | 08.03.11 | 11:52 am

On Monday, the federal government filed a lawsuit seeking to block H.B. 56, Alabama’s new immigration enforcement law. In doing so, the Obama administration is responding to repeated requests from immigrant and civil rights activists to lend their weight to a nationwide effort to push back against state-level “attrition through enforcement” More…

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…

Report: Secure Communities immigration program deporting mostly low-level criminals

By | 03.28.11 | 5:03 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Immigration and Customs Enforcement data received through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program, detains and deports people who are not criminals.


In a press release issued last week, the More…

Report: Federal immigration enforcement program deporting mostly low-level criminals

By | 03.28.11 | 9:45 am | More from The Florida Independent

Immigration and Customs Enforcement data received through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program, detains and deports people who are not criminals. #


In a press release issued last week, the National More…

President Obama’s budget proposal ups money for immigration enforcement

By | 02.22.11 | 10:31 am | More from The Florida Independent

President Obama’s 2012 Department of Homeland Security budget proposal favors immigration enforcement increases for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, aka ICE.

Customs and Border Protection would receive 21 percent of the proposed 2012 Homeland Security budget (a 3 percent increase), ICE 10 percent (a 1 More…

Will a GOP-led House mean the end of ‘sanctuary cities’?

By | 11.10.10 | 6:01 pm

With a GOP-controlled House on the horizon, I’ve been looking at a few policy proposals made by conservatives and pro-enforcement groups to see which ideas stand a chance of being passed by a Democratic-majority Senate and signed into law by President Obama. (See my post on E-Verify here.) More…

ICE official reportedly unaware of domestic violence argument against Secure Communities

By | 11.10.10 | 9:42 am

I have a story today on the ever-confusing opt-out process for Secure Communities, an immigration enforcement program that shares fingerprints collected by local police with federal immigration officials. David Venturella, the executive director of Secure Communities, met with county officials in Arlington, Va., San Francisco and Santa Clara, More…

San Francisco won’t opt out of Secure Communities

By | 11.09.10 | 5:15 pm

San Francisco won’t be opting out of Secure Communities, officials said today after a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The county leadership voted to be removed from the immigration enforcement program earlier this year and was given steps for removal — beginning with a meeting like the 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…