400kthe number of undocumented immigrants that have been deported in the U.S. in 2012 — a new record, by the way, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While more than half of those deported were convicted criminals, the number starkly shows one of Obama’s failings — his slowness at changing immigration policy. source
In recent weeks, I have been the focus of unfounded allegations designed to destroy my reputation, but of greater concern, however, is the threat these allegations represent to the reputation of this agency and the men and women who proudly serve their country by advancing ICE’s mission. As such, I feel it is incumbent upon me to take every step necessary to prevent further harm to the agency and to prevent this from further distracting from our critical work. Therefore, it is with great regret that I submit my resignation as chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr • In her resignation letter, directed to ICE director John Morton, which denies allegations that she was responsible for “sexually offensive behavior” that created an office environment that was discriminatory towards men. An immigration official, James T. Hayes, filed a lawsuit last week claiming that he was denied a position because of his gender. In his lawsuit, Hayes claimed Barr created “a frat-house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Republican Rep. Peter T. King (who heads the House Homeland Security Committee) claimed the resignation, which surfaced in the middle of a holiday weekend, suggests significant management issues in the Department of Homeland Security.
There’s literally no reason I can think of why it has to be heard in America … at no point was the site ever in America. I think they’re trying to use my website as a sort of guinea pig to try to scare everyone else making linking websites.
British student Richard O’Dwyer • Discussing the potential extradition order he’s facing from the United States. He’s being targeted for running a Web site that merely linked to other Web sites where you could watch TV shows and movies online. (His site hosted none of the shows in question.) He’s not from the U.S., but customs officials are trying to extradite him to make an example out of him, after pressure from the entertainment industry. Sound a little like SOPA? Effectively, what’s happening to O’Dwyer is an example of the kind of thing SOPA was meant to enforce. Mind you, it’s not like search engines don’t link to these sites already. (A full timeline of the case is over here.)