Archive for August 2011

Immigration Lawyers Clarify What DHS’s Announcement on Prosecutorial Discretion IS and IS NOT

Aug 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

This is an important update to know since our firm has received a lot of calls about a new “amnesty,” which isn’t the case.  In a recent post from American Immigration Council’s Immigration Impact addresses this issue: There has been much confusion in the wake of DHS’s recent announcement about how immigration agencies will use prosecutorial discretion […]



Obama Deportation Reforms–Good Only for Some

Aug 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

Bill Ong Hing, professor of law at University of San Francisco writes for ImmigrationProf & Huffington Post. His latest article is a critique on last week’s White House announcement (from Huffington Post): With much fanfare last week, White House officials announced that the deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants could be halted if they are not criminals […]



US Immigration Policy since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration, Reform, Research

In a new Migration Policy Institute report, US Immigration Policy since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Marc Rosenblum examines the altered political landscape that emerged after 9/11, detailing the legislative actions that resulted in significant new enforcement mandates and the failed efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform.  The report reviews the history of US immigration […]



Taco Truck Regulation Redux – My Streets! My Eats!

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Business, Economy, Employment

Taco truck regulation has increased coincidentally with the national concern with immigration from Mexico, a land filled with some true fans of the taco.  Rumor even has it that the capital of the state of California, Sacramento is considering a change to its food truck ordinance to deal with the taco truck “problem.” A clinic of the University of Chicago Law […]



When Will Congress Pass Comprhensive Immigration Reform?

Aug 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

As Julia Preston reported yesterday, vocal protests over Secure Communities are heating up. Preston reported that SComm “is central to President Obama’s immigration enforcement strategy [and] has drawn protests by Latino and immigrant organizations in six cities in the last two days, as those groups stepped up their confrontation with the administration over the fast pace of […]



Jailing Undocumented Immigrants Is Big Business

Aug 17th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Business, Economy, Immigration

The recent animated video “Immigrants for Sale“ by the activist group Cuéntame illustrates some facts behind the connection between the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigration and the for-profit corrections industry. The video follows the trail of money and political power behind this piece of the national immigration debate. Its creators say it’s an attempt to […]



Jared Polis: Debt Ceiling and Immigration Reform

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Economy, Immigration, Politics, Reform

As deficit reduction discussions come to a close today to raise the debt ceiling, Congressman Jared Polis’ (D-CO) suggestions to President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) calling on them to consider immigration reform as a way of raising revenues without raising taxes have been ignored. Polis wrote recently: “Studies from groups across the political spectrum have […]



The Obama Administration Acts: Department of Justice Challenges Alabama Immigration Law

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration

The Department of Justice challenged the state of Alabama’s recently passed immigration law, H.B. 56, in federal court on August 1st. In a complaint and brief filed in the Northern District of Alabama, the department said that various provisions of H.B. 56 conflict with federal immigration law and undermine the federal government’s careful balance of immigration enforcement priorities […]



BREAKING NEWS – Gov. Quinn signs Illinois Dream Act

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

In a recent article by the Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a state law setting up a commission to raise private money for college scholarships for undocumented students.  Similar to the California law  signed into law last week, the Illinois law, which is designed to benefit undocumented college students, is referred to as a DREAM Act. Gov. Pat Quinn signed […]

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