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April 21, 2014
So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
I see what you did there, White House.
12:08 // 6 months ago
February 17, 2013

How Republicans reacted when Obama’s immigration bill leaked

  • Sen. Rubio “If actually proposed, the president’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come.”
  • Rep. Ryan “Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction. By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line…that tells us he’s looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.”
  • Sen. McCain “There are groups in the House and Senate working together to get this done. and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that’s why I think this particular move - very counterproductive.”
  • Sen. PaulI will support it on one condition: That we have a report that says the borders are being secured … (it has to be) a report and comes back and is voted on in Congress. I won’t do it on a promise from President Obama, that he will secure the borders.” source

By the way, it’s worth noting that the bill is intended as a backup plan, in case members of Congress fail to come to a bipartisan solution on the issue.”We’re doing exactly what the president said we would do last month … which is we’re preparing. We’re going to be ready,” said White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough.

16:31 // 1 year ago

White House’s immigration plan offers path to legal residency

  • eight the number of years it would take an undocumented immigrant to become a permanent resident, according to a draft version of the proposed immigration bill the White House is working on. The bill would require a criminal background check and biometric tests, and five years after receiving a green card, the undocumented immigrants would be able to apply for U.S. citizenship. source
10:43 // 1 year ago
December 25, 2012

Report: Deportations hit record level in 2012, ICE reports

  • 400k the 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
10:34 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2012
Today’s the day that some younger undocumented immigrants can file for a permanent work visa. (It’ll cost ‘em $465.) Above is what one of the forms looks like. Read more on the program over here.

Today’s the day that some younger undocumented immigrants can file for a permanent work visa. (It’ll cost ‘em $465.) Above is what one of the forms looks like. Read more on the program over here.

9:23 // 2 years ago
August 9, 2012
It’s my 3 a.m. nightmare. While we do not collect information about the immigration status of our patients, the fact that they will be uninsured could be taken as ‘code’ for also being undocumented.
Alicia Wilson,  Executive director for the La Clinica Del Pueblo community clinic in Washington, DC • Discussing an oft-ignored side effect of the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act during an interview with Reuters. Healthcare officials fear that many of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States may become more hesitant to seek medical attention following the law’s implementation, and they aren’t the only ones. “We were all aware of it,” says senior Obama healthcare advisor Ezekiel Emmanuel, adding, “It’s a visible consequence that we couldn’t do anything about given the politics of the situation.”   source (viafollow)
15:36 // 2 years ago
August 3, 2012

Obama opens the door for some immigrants — with a price tag

  • $465 to pay for temporary work permits, with limits source

» Are you under 30 years old, an undocumented immigrant who moved to the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived in the United States for more than five years, and a graduate or someone who has served time in the military? The U.S. would like to give you a chance to do it right. However, if you’ve been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor, not so much. A big step, though — although one, with few exceptions, that undocumented immigrants will have to pay for.

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22:17 // 2 years ago
December 1, 2011
We haven’t been able to build a fence on the border because we have not been a serious country.
Newt Gingrich • Speaking on immigration policy to a group of Nationwide Insurance employees in Des Moines, Iowa, after signing a pledge to erect a Mexican border fence by the end of 2013. It should be said that this stance is in no way incompatible with Gingrich’s softer tone on long-term immigrants from the last GOP debate, in which he argued that undocumented people who’ve lived here 25 years, paid taxes, and raised a family shouldn’t be booted out of the U.S. It’s entirely possible to earnestly hold both of these positions at once. However, this is Newt Gingrich, he of the most dynamic and politically calculated flops and reversals this side of Mitt Romney (here’s a recent and unflinching one to whet your appetite). As such, it’s hard not to view this as a cynical, purely political calculation; take a general election-friendly stance in a nationally televised debate, then feed the base some red meat when less people are watching. source (viafollow)
14:11 // 2 years ago
August 19, 2011

Obama administration eases up on deportation case prosecution

  • what The Obama administration has chosen to prioritize its deportation cases — focusing mostly on those accused or convicted of criminal activity rather than immigrants who may not have come to the country on their own accord as children.
  • why Obama faced criticism, particularly from Hispanics, that the administration was being too tough on immigration issues by focusing on deportation cases of those that been productive members of society. source
14:17 // 3 years ago
July 26, 2011
While many states have chosen to legislate hate and division by approving anti-immigrant laws, California’s governor sends a strong message that investing in today’s student population, regardless of their immigration status, is smart, practical and the right thing to do.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles leader Angelica Salas • Speaking favorably of Gov. Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature’s actions in passing a bill that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition for their schooling. Eleven other states have laws comparable to California’s, while a dozen others block the practice outright. But considering California is on the literal front lines of the immigration debate, it’s of note. Two other border states — Texas and New Mexico — have similar laws. source (viafollow)
11:01 // 3 years ago