Immigration Newsletter

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

President Obama Speaks on Immigration at El Paso Texas

The Influence of the Private Prison Industry in Immigration Detention | Detention Watch Network

The Influence of the Private Prison Industry in Immigration Detention | Detention Watch Network: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Have you ever noticed how news stories come and go? How everyone is talking about an issue one month and then the next month people move on to next big story, crisis, societal problem? Why does immigration, and particularly illegal immigration, then remain a staple topic on right wing radio and as a Conservative talking point?

One reason is because there is big money to be made in private facilities who are paid with your tax dollars to detain non-citizens. The report linked above shows that the private prison industry has grown enormously over the past decade and they spend big dollars (millions in fact) on lobbyists to make sure that restrictionist immigration policy stays in the limelight at both the Federal and State level.

I wonder how many laws like SB1070 in Arizona (funded by CCA) were proposed, lobbied or funded by Corporations looking to feather their own nest through the ever increasing "criminalization" of the civil US Immigration Laws. How many immigration policy think tank studies on have been slanted by corporate sponsorship from the private prison industry?

The harm we are willing to inflict on other human beings (imprisonment not as punishment for a crime - but as an administrative tool to effect a civil deportation proceeding) for the sake of additional profit never ceases to amaze.

Monday, May 9, 2011

NYT on Immigration Status Checks in Schools

U.S. Warns Schools Against Checking Immigration Status

(excerpted from NYT)
Federal officials issued a memorandum to the nation’s school districts on Friday saying it was against the law for education officials to seek information that might reveal the immigration status of children applying for enrollment.

The letter cited a 1982 Supreme Court decision that recognized the right of all children, regardless of immigration status, to attend public school as long as they met the age and residency requirements set by state law.
“The undocumented or noncitizen status of a student (or his or her parent or guardian) is irrelevant to that student’s entitlement to an elementary and secondary public school education,” said the memo, signed by Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division of the Justice Department; Russlynn H. Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights in the Education Department; and Charles P. Rose, that department’s general counsel.

to see the whole article:

***The Supreme Court case is known as Plyler v. Doe in case the link gets can just search on that title and find it.***