December 6, 2013
International Business Times, 12/5/2013
More than two dozen Democrats on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama, calling on him to help restart the immigration reform debate in Congress by suspending deportation. They also asked the nation’s chief executive to go a step further and expand “deferred action,” a program that would grant these immigrants reprieve.
The lawmakers’ formal request to the president came more than a week after he was heckled at a California event by an immigrant who asked that Obama use his executive power to protect immigrants from the laws under what they describe as a broken system.
November 18, 2013
The New York Times, 11/15/2013
The Obama administration issued a new policy on Friday that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents.
November 12, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/11/2013
When local police started quizzing people about their immigration status, some immigrants relocated – but they usually did not leave the United States, a new study finds.
A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that when state and local officials took on the power to enforce some immigration laws by investigating immigration violations on the street, immigrants were more likely to relocate within the country.
But only in Arizona’s Maricopa County, known for the controversial immigration policies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, were immigrants more likely to abandon the United States entirely, the study found.
October 15, 2013
International Business Times, 10/15/2013
They are “undocumented and unafraid.” That’s the message six immigration reform activists sent authorities at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona on Monday. Their method of delivery once more was in the form of an act of civil disobedience: they chained themselves outside the facility to protest against the deportationo f undocumented immigrants held there. Their goal: to shut down the deportation process by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Even with the government shut down, the deportation machine keeps running,” said Marisa Franco, campaign organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, or NDLON. “Keeping our families together is essential to our community even if tearing them apart is still seen as an essential aspect of the government.”
July 8, 2013
After awaiting reforms that may or may not come, thousands of young undocumented immigrants have abandoned their American Dream voluntarily or because they were deported. They still consider themselves DREAMers, but now they dream in Mexico. “I returned (to Mexico) because in the U.S. I always wanted to study dentistry. When I graduated from college, I ran into the problem that my great hope, the DREAM Act, still had not been approved,” said Pedro Hernandez, who lived in Los Angeles for eight years.
The DREAM Act — Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors — would remove a roadblock to education and a future in the United States for such youths. Undocumented immigrant youths have the right to study through high school. After that, they can study at private universities — with high costs and without access to student loans — or in public universities — most of which charge them tuition at an “out-of-state” rate, which can be double what in-state students pay. Only some states have laws allowing undocumented students to attend state universities at in-state rates.
May 13, 2013
Dallas Morning News, 5/12/2013
Anatolia García, a 48-year-old Irving mother of three U.S.-born citizens, has received a one-year deportation suspension from federal authorities.
She was viewed in late 2011 as a potential beneficiary of prosecutorial discretion — a move by the Obama administration to review cases of immigrants who are in the U.S. unlawfully but have no serious criminal violations.
Critics deemed the measure as “backdoor amnesty.” Others viewed it as a break from a deportation crackdown unseen in the U.S. for five decades. Now, García is one of the few to have benefited.
March 1, 2013
The Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.
What the English-language press had to say…
This week, Elba Esther Gordillo, the powerful leader of the SNTE, Mexico’s teachers’ union was arrested for allegedly embezzling over $150 million in union funds to support her lavish lifestyle. The arrest shocked the nation and came only a day after President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a new education reform package. Many interpreted the move as an attempt by the Peña Nieto administration to reassert state authority over special interests, and as a warning to other industries (e.g. telecommunications and energy) that reform is on the way. NYT columnist Thomas Friedman gave much to talk about following two very optimistic pieces. He suggested Mexico will become a dominant economic power in the 21st century, and praised Mexico’s young ‘just do it’ generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya mirrored Mr. Friedman’s optimism by suggesting a reinvigorated energy sector will transform Mexico into the world’s “new Middle East.” Meanwhile, north of the border, looming automatic budget cuts prompted ICE to release several hundred low-risk immigrants from deportation centers across the country.
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February 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 2/26/2013
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week. Announcing the news Tuesday, ICE officials said that the immigrants were released under supervision and continue to face deportation. After reviewing hundreds of cases, those released were considered low-risk and “noncriminal,” officials said.
The releases took place over the last week and were an effort “to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen, citing uncertainty caused by a budget standoff in Washington. “All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety,” she said.
February 12, 2013
The Washington Post, 2/12/2013
While reporting on a story last week among the down-and-out (and recently deported) at a migrant shelter in Tecate, Mexico, I met a few men who had a whole new reason to dread re-arrest by U.S. Border Patrol. They were trying to sneak back into California. But if caught, they were likely to be transported hundreds of miles east by U.S. immigration authorities, where they would be released onto the streets of some of Mexico’s scariest border towns.
The procedure is known as Lateral Repatriation, or Lateral Deportation. It began a decade ago as a pilot program aimed at reducing migrant deaths in the blazing deserts of Arizona. The thinking was this: Instead of sending illegal migrants back to the Mexican side near their point of arrest, U.S. agents could break the catch-and-release pattern — and ties to local smuggling guides — by shipping deportees from the harsh deserts to more settled areas opposite south Texas.
October 25, 2012
Fox News Latino, 10/25/2012
Two U.S. military veterans born in Mexico, but deported after committing crimes, say they feel deceived because they thought serving would lead to automatic citizenship.
In pursuit of solutions for himself and others in the same situation, Barajas established the Deported Veterans Support Home in Rosarito, a beachfront suburb of Tijuana.
The house offers food, shelter and Internet/telephone access for the dozen or so deported veterans now living here.