Immigration Newsletter

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Report Shows DHS Way Off Target, Going After Harmless Individuals » Immigration Impact

New Report Shows DHS Way Off Target, Going After Harmless Individuals » Immigration Impact Here is an excerpt of the posting on Immigration Impact -- there you can find a link to the report itself published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released a report, Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses with Major Consequences, drawn from 127 cases submitted by AILA attorneys. The report describes people from all over America being picked up by local police for minor offenses—like loitering or failing to signal before changing lanes—or no offense at all. No matter the reason for the stop, all were referred to ICE or Customs and Border patrol (CBP) and all were put in removal proceedings. In most cases the offense (or lack thereof) was so trivial as to betray the real motive for the stop—namely to question someone about their immigration status. None of them was stopped or charged for anything that could be considered a “serious crime.” In a few cases, police said they made the stop because the person “looked illegal.”