Sunday, August 21, 2011

Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Not Limited to U.S.

The New York Times today highlights the case of an Angolan teenager named Antonio Bravo who is fighting to stay in Britain after his father committed suicide to give his son a better chance at asylum. The article shows the extent to which anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.K. has led to absurd, counterproductive rules for deportation and the inhumane treatment of many aliens. Let's hope it gets better here and in the U.K.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

GREAT NEWS! Obama Administration Announces New Policy to Halt Deportation of Young Immigrants

The New York Times reports that the "Obama administration announced [today] that it would generally not deport or expel illegal immigrants who had come to the United States as young children and graduated from high school or served in the armed forces." Immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to allow these people to stay in the country while the government focused its enforcement efforts on higher-priority cases involving criminals and people who had flagrantly violated immigration laws.

The new policy puts into practice many of the goals of the proposed Dream Act that Congress failed to pass last year.

Read the full Times article here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Homeland Security Sued over Immigrant Detention

The National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago has filed a class-action suit challenging the use of immigration "detainers" -- requests by federal immigration authorities for local police to hold immigrants in jail while their status in investigated.