The ACLU and other civil rights groups filed a class-action lawsuit against federal authorities demanding they reform the immigration detention system to help mentally ill detainees. A Human Rights Watch report from July detailed problems for the mentally ill in immigration custody, who often spend years in detention because they lack legal counsel.
More states and cities are considering their own immigration bills.
No senators joined Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on his push to change the 14th Amendment to remove automatic citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, but Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn and Chuck Grassley said they would support hearings to look into the issue of “birth tourism.” Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who chairs the subcommittee that would theoretically look into the issue, said he does not plan to hold hearings.
Independent analysis released Monday shows the Department of Homeland Security deported a record number of criminal illegal immigrants this year. The DHS under Obama prioritizes immigration enforcement for people deemed dangerous criminals — and it appears to be working. “The stated immigration policy is actually being followed,” said David Burnham, co-director of Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which performed the study.
Kris Kobach, a lawyer who helped draft Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, defeated two candidates Tuesday to become the Republican nominee for Kansas secretary of state.
The Department of Justice threatened to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for failing to hand over documents for a civil rights investigation, but a lawyer for Arpaio said Thursday that he plans to cooperate with parts of the probe.
The Senate passed a $600 million emergency funding bill for border security Thursday, disappointing immigrants rights groups who hoped to see them focus on comprehensive immigration reform instead. Although Republicans have said they want to see measures to increase border security before they will support other immigration reform, experts on both sides of the debate said the bill won’t help the odds of a reform bill this year.
Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver SOTU response
Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union Tuesday, according to Mike Allen
Rep. Paulsen allies with medical device industry to relax FDA oversight
Source: Flickr; Republicanconference (www.flickr.com/photos/republicanconference) On the heels of the Minnesota Independent story last week about U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s cozy financial relationship with the medical device industry, the New York Times reported Tuesday that some health professionals are alarmed by Paulsen’s push to relax Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight
Rep. Paulsen touts balanced budget constitutional amendment
In a post for the conservative blog True North , U.S. Rep
Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!
The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census -- one of the people who sounded the alarm about politicization when the
Rep. Paulsen, Karl Rove the latest to get ‘glittered’
Rep. Erik Paulsen and former Bush staffer Karl Rove were both showered with glitter at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday
Rep. Perlmutter to hold constituent meet-up in grocery store
Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter will hold a Government in the Grocery constituent meet-up this evening from 5-7 at the Safeway at 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge. The address is 3900 Wadsworth. The meeting, where Perlmutter typically sits at a folding table and talks to whomever shows up, is free and open to the public
Rep. Perlmutter criticizes House measure that would eliminate 800K federal jobs
Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work. The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition. Perlmutter’s statement: “My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability
Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg
In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what
Rep. Peace, ACLU seek investigation of soldier’s allegations of racial discrimination in Afghanistan
Both Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and the American Civil Liberties Union agree: There needs to be an investigation into Spc.
School of Hock
A growing number of college grads are defaulting on their student loans as the economy worsens.