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New Biden immigration policies contrast recent uptick in deportations

Even as the Department of Homeland Security continued expelling Haitian refugees this week, its secretary issued new guidelines for deportation that tried to present a softer side to President Biden’s approach to immigration enforcement. ... Read more»

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Az immigration groups call for end to deportations & shut down of ICE detention sites

A gathering organized by the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, Poder Latinx, Arizona Jews for Justice and United We Dream was part of a national day of action Thursday where immigration advocacy groups called for an end to deportations and for closure to all immigration detention centers. ... Read more»

Judge indefinitely blocks Biden administration’s 100-day deportation freeze

A ruling by a federal judge in Texas has put an indefinite halt to President Biden’s 100-day halt to deportations. Texas AG Ken Paxton, the subject of a criminal investigation accusing him of accepting a bribe, argued the state would face financial harm if undocumented immigrants were released there.... Read more»

AG Brnovich wants to cancel Biden’s 100-day pause on deportations

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked DHS to comply with the “Sanctuary for Americans First Enactment (SAFE) Agreement", signed in the final days of the Trump administration. The agreement was seen as a last-ditch effort by the Trump administration to sabotage any immediate changes President Joe Biden made on immigration. ... Read more»

Biden’s first day brings immigration reforms, but AZ leaders push for more

The first hours of the Biden administration included a sweeping immigration plan that still must pass Congress, including a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. Immigrant leaders in Arizona said they are optimistic, but will continue to push Biden to implement immediate meaningful changes.... Read more»

Fast-track deportations reinstated by DC Circuit

The D.C. Circuit threw out an injunction against the government’s fast-track deportation policy Tuesday, but the ACLU says the merits fight on the Trump administration’s creation of a “papers, please,” regime is just beginning.... Read more»

Legal experts: Trump has broad power to implement immigration policies

Trump will be able to make many of his promised changes in immigration policy unilaterally by exercising the same executive powers he criticized President Obama for using, but fully implementing them would require funding that Congress would have to approve.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump repeats ‘criminal alien’ claim

President-elect Donald Trump repeated an exaggerated claim that there are “probably 2 million” or “even 3 million” criminals living illegally in the U.S. One estimate puts the figure at about 820,000.... Read more»

Exclusive: Central America to seek Mexico's support after Trump win

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have agreed to join forces and seek support from Mexico to forge a joint strategy in response to Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency, El Salvador's foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry

Kris Kobach, an architect of anti-immigration efforts — including SB 1070 — who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

ICE chief a bipartisan punching bag in immigration debates

When she was a federal prosecutor in Texas, Sarah Saldaña was seen as hard-nosed and nonpartisan. Since President Obama appointed her to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she's learned to take hits from the left and right.... Read more»

Deportations near border surged as interior removals dropped

The study of 10 years of deportations - almost 3.7 million of them - showed that despite a focus on immigrants in the interior of the U.S., the vast majority were caught at the border. And those immigrants were much less likely to have committed a crime. ... Read more»

Border roundup

Supreme Court looks at Az as injured men, explosives found in desert

Border roundup: Arizona proposition becomes a test case for voter registration laws, family green cards face restrictions, injured men and explosives are found in the desert and Mexican towns and newspapers respond to cartel violence.... Read more»

Napolitano: Border secure, time to fix immigration system

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that the border is as secure as ever and it should not be an impediment to the comprehensive immigration reform.... Read more»1

Napolitano's border policies take beating at budget hearings

While Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano outlined five budget priorities for next year during House hearings Wednesday, lawmakers wanted answers on two department missions – border security and immigration-law enforcement.... Read more»

Deportations in '11 set record for 3rd straight year

Immigration officials announced that they deported nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants in fiscal 2011, setting a record for a third consecutive year under the Obama administration.... Read more»1

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