Month: February 2012

Secure Communities Not Much Better than Previous Immigration Rulings

Secure Communities is a new program looking to replace the heavily criticized 287(g) immigration program, which gives local and state law enforcement many immigration rights originally reserved for those working for the Immigration Customs Enforcement. Currently being utilized by many states, Secure Communities has already begun to see large waves of backlash. Many state officials …

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Hyundai “Gets In” on Immigration Protests

Hyundai dealerships throughout Alabama geared up for large protests recently, as the company sent each dealership a warning letter stating that protests were likely to occur outside of their lots due to Alabama's 2011 immigration laws. The proposed protests are only one of many that immigration advocates throughout the state have created. Protesters have picked …

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Multiple Immigration Officer Impersonators Give New Meaning to Racial Profiling

While many immigration advocates believe some states are giving their local law enforcement too much power in detaining individuals, the news of multiple immigration officer impersonators brings the arguments of immigration reform to another level. In Orem, Utah, Mark Vreeland was recently charged with four days of work diversion at a local county jail for …

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Man Without a Country, A La ‘The Terminal,’ but Due to US Error

Despite living with U.S. citizenship since 1990, Abdo Hizam learned last year that his status was given to him in error. The State Department alerted Hizam of the mistake in 2011, telling him it was no error of his own, but a bureacratic problem that had created the blunder. Hizam gave up his Yemeni citizenship …

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Schumer Calls for Brewer to Explain Need for Arizona Immigration Laws

New York Senator Charles Schumer recently sent Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a letter requesting she set up a time to testify on the state's controversial immigration laws. The main topic of conversation? Why she feels the state needs its own set of immigration laws. Brewer has declined the invitation. Brewer signed the state's SB 1070 …

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New Immigration Priorities Leave Same-Sex Couples in Limbo

While many fearing deportation were happy to hear that the Obama administration was rearranging its deportation procedures to focus on undocumented individuals with criminal histories. However, there was uncertainty as to how the new approach would affect binational same-sex couples with pending green card petitions. A meeting in January between many high-level LGBTQ advocate groups …

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