Immigration Newsletter

Friday, November 15, 2013

Top Republican Says House Will Act On Immigration Reform Before 2014 Election

Top Republican Says House Will Act On Immigration Reform Before 2014 Election

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the lawmaker tasked with electing Republicans to the House, said Friday his chamber will act on immigration reform before the 2014 midterm elections.
Keeping in line with GOP leadership, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee said the House will pursue a piecemeal approach, but it will not go to conference on the Senate's comprehensive bill or take up similar legislation introduced by House Democrats.
"Between now and the election I think the House will take up immigration in a piece-by-piece approach," Walden told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Click the link to see more on HuffPo by 
Once the 2014 Tea Primaries are over, the establishment GOP can get on with the business of appeasing business -- and that means passing immigration reform. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship

Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship

Well that's kind of a shame. It is interesting to note that it does take some work to relinquish US citizenship. I'm sure she still loves the United States - but then again, "What's love got to do with it?"

Monday, November 11, 2013

Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says -

Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says -
reported by Julia Preston : click the link to see the article in full
A top Republican lawmaker told protesters he met with in his home district in California this week that the House of Representatives would not have time this year to vote on any immigration measure.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, told demonstrators in his office in Bakersfield on Wednesday night that the 16 days remaining on the House calendar in 2013 were too short a window for the House to take up the complex issue. But he said he was committed to moving on immigration votes in the House next year. 
The comments were reported by Angelica Salas, the executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, who was one of the protesters who occupied Mr. McCarthy’s office for 10 hours on Wednesday. 

So, the GOP wants to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform in an election year. Interesting. It would appear that the current incumbents would like to wait until the last possible moment to spring this so as to avoid giving negative ad bait to any possibly more rabid restrictionist primary opponents. Then run on how immigrant friendly they are in a general election. Well, if it will get the votes needed - then go for it! That's what I think anyway.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Felony deportations decline as ICE officers resist former chief's 2010 directive | The Chicago Reporter

Felony deportations decline as ICE officers resist former chief's 2010 directive | The Chicago Reporter

here is an excerpt from the article linked above ....

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, an immigration law professor at Penn State Law School, said this data potentially raise serious concerns about whether the agency is channeling its limited resources into its highest enforcement priorities.
Wadhia, who has extensively researched the agency’s use of prosecutorial discretion, said if the agency doesn’t follow its own policy that could affect public trust in the government.
But the mistrust is also happening within the enforcement agency.
Some immigration officials have balked at some of Morton’s directives and refused to follow them. A group of immigration enforcement agents sued Morton and the Department of Homeland Security after the Obama administration announced its deferred action directive. The officers said that if they complied with the policy they would be violating federal immigration law and their oath to uphold federal law. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit last month.
“The culture is difficult to change from the top down,” Chan said. “And because of the lack of accountability, the community is very skeptical.”
Matthew Kovac helped research this article.

I don't doubt that this is the case. I suspect there are many in the trenches who virulently disagree with exercising any discretion for any reason. It is as difficult for me to understand them as is it for others to understand why I do what I do. Until someone you know is involved in deportations -- it is all just policy talk. 

When you see it in person it is different. It varies in each case -- but many times, deportation means the end of someone's life as they have known it. It can be really hard and very cruel.

In order to do the job as an ICE enforcement agent effectively -- you have to be able to set all of that aside and then be able to not feel sympathy. Otherwise -- the job would eat you up inside. I'm sure for some they had to leave the field for that sort of reason. But trying to translate top down "prosecutorial discretion" to people in ICE enforcement has got to be a difficult proposition.