Month: October 2012

Berkeley City Council Denies ICE Policy Change Proposal

The Berkeley City Council in California was recently faced with a policy change proposal to allow U.S. immigration officials to apply different detention rules to those who are arrested based on their legal citizenship status. The council unanimously decided that “The Berkeley Police Department will not honor requests [by ICE] to detain a Berkeley jail …

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Afghan Allies Protection Act Has Yet To Keep Promise of US Visas For Interpreters

In 2009, the Afghan Allies Protection Act allocated 7,500 visas for citizens of Afghanistan who served as military interpreters for the U.S. government. As they had sided with the United States during the war, many of these individuals will be targeted by the Taliban after U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, according to Kevin Sieff’s recent …

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Activists Encourage Detroit ICE Director To Resign

Immigration activists and members of the Latino community in Detroit are encouraging the resignation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement director after an incident in which officers detained two undocumented immigrants who were dropping their children off at school. Angry local residents marched four miles to President Barack Obama’s Detroit campaign office to protest the …

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New York Appeals Court Revises Immigration Case Methods

The U.S. appeals court in New York recently revised its methods for handling immigration cases. The change was made to help move immigration cases in which individuals are not likely to be deported off the docket more quickly. The United States changed a policy in 2011, raising the threshold for determining which deportation cases should …

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President Obama Clarifies Immigration Marriage Proposal

In January 2012, President Barack Obama was criticized for a proposal that would help the undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens gain legal status in the United States without first being punished for their actions, according to the Tucson Sentinel. In the late 1990s, Republican members of Congress believed that action needed to be taken to …

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