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Senate Confirms First Latina Director of ICE

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite all the complaints aimed at one of the least productive Congress’ in history, in the last days before leaving for the holidays the Senate has managed to pass a budget and confirm a couple Obama appointees. One of those appointees is the new head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. For the first time in the history of the office, the head of ICE will be a Latina.

The End of Sheriff Joe's Immigration Raid Squad

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is no stranger to controversy. He has been the subject of numerous lawsuit, often finding himself on the losing end. He was also the first Arizona official to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s executive actions enacting immigration policy reforms. Now Sheriff Arpaio has agreed to dissolve his controversial immigration raid squad.

Federal Judge Criticizes Obama's Immigration Action

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action awaits review. As does the larger lawsuit backed by more than 20 states, including Texas and Arizona, which argues the president has overstepped his constitutional authority in authoring the executive orders. Yet a federal judge in Pennsylvania has already chimed in on the issue, with an order declaring Obama’s executive actions unconstitutional. However, that order will have little impact aside from garnering headlines.

Tucson Police Will No Longer Question All Immigrants

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just days ago, we questioned how the coming immigration reform changes would affect Tucson and southern Arizona. It appears the Tucson Police Department had the same questions, and came to a similar conclusion. In spite of the Arizona state laws, which have not yet changed in light of the coming executive actions, the police will no longer question all those they encounter about their immigration status.

Justice Department Seeks to Dismiss Arpaio's Lawsuit

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It did not take long after President Barack Obama’s announced immigration policy changes before his challengers took to the courts to stop the executive actions. One of the most fervent anti-immigration figures in the country, Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit challenging the immigration changes within hours of the November 20th announcement. In response to the first of the coming lawsuits, the Justice Department has sought to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Arizona sheriff Arpaio.

Governor Sends Driver's License Case to Supreme Court

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The recurring issue of Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws finding themselves at odds with federal laws and constitutional guarantees is again rearing its head. After Arizona’s law barring those who qualify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from getting driver’s license was blocked, and reconsideration denied, there was one place left for a final ruling. Now, Governor Jan Brewer is asking the nation’s highest court to take up the issue.

How Will Immigration Reform Changes Affect Tucson?

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The immigration policy changes announced by President Barack Obama will go into effect over the course of the next year. However, it remains unclear to what extent those changes will impact Arizona and the Tucson area. State law SB 1070 may stand at odds with the new executive action on deportation priorities. The new immigration priorities focus on criminals and national threats, while SB 1070 requires police to question the immigration status of all those they suspect to be in the country illegally.

Immigration Reform for the Thousands in Detention

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Millions of immigrants rejoiced at the recently announced changes in the country’s immigration policy. President Barack Obama’s executive action has created a form of deferred deportation relief for additional childhood arrivals as well as the parents and spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). With more than 30,000 immigrants detained on a daily basis, this newly created deferred status may offer many of them a chance at freedom.

Executive Action May Increase Notario Fraud

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama’s announced immigration policy changes have provided a way for millions of immigrants in the country to be afforded some relief from deportation. The expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) will defer deportation and provide employment authorization. However, some people are taking this opportunity to take advantage of immigrants, and scam them out of money while providing useless or even harmful services.

Homeland Security to Visit the Southern Arizona Border

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

During a tense hearing on Capitol Hill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson was pressed on immigration policy changes. Johnson said he was comfortable with the legal basis for the president’s executive actions. During the hearing, Arizona Representative Ron Barber asked Johnson to return to southern Arizona, to hear the concerns of the people who live along the border.

Mayors Across the Country Support Obama's Immigration Action

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama continues to face heavy criticism from Republicans for his recent announced immigration policy changes. At the same time, immigrant activists have voiced disappointment for the president not going far enough to extend deportation deferral to a greater number of immigrants. Meanwhile, a number of mayors from across the country are gathering in support of the president’s executive action on immigration.

Arizona Joins in Lawsuit Challenging Obama Immigration Action

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

Losing legal challenge after legal challenge does not seem to have deterred Arizona Governor Jan Brewer from opposing the federal government's immigration policy changes. Just this last week, Brewer was denied a reconsideration of her executive action which denies driver’s licenses to DREAMers. Now, Arizona has joined with Texas and a number of states to sue the Obama administration over the executive immigration orders.

Will Arizona Immigrants Get a License to Drive?

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

While the national focus has been on President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration reform, local Arizona immigration policy has lost another challenge. A federal appeals court denied Governor Jan Brewer’s request to reconsider a ruling which blocked the state’s denial of driver’s licenses to those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. With the recently announced expansion of those who will fall within DACA criteria, this latest ruling could result in driver’s licenses for millions of immigrants across the country.

Republican Reaction to Immigration Reform Remains Unclear

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

There has been no shortage of criticism to President Barack Obama’s decision to reform immigration policy through executive action. Some of the loudest voices speaking out against the president have come from Republican lawmakers. In the days before the president made his immigration announcement, Republicans warned the president against taking such unilateral action. Now, nearly two weeks later, Republicans remain unsure on how to respond in opposition to the executive actions.

Declining Number of Undocumented Immigrants in Arizona

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

Arizona has been at the center of the country’s discussions of immigration and immigration reform. While some of the state’s harshest anti-immigrant laws and policies have recently been struck down by the courts, it remains a divisive issue. Despite the publicity surrounding this past summer’s surge in immigrant children and families from Central America, the number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona has actually decreased in the past few years.

Dreamers' Parents Left Out of Immigration Reform

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

With President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of his executive actions on immigration reform, millions of undocumented immigrants may now seek some form of relief from deportation. This includes additional childhood arrivals under DACA, as well as the spouses and parents of citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). However, one significant group of immigrants has been left out of the reforms, and those are the parents of DREAMers.

The End of the Secure Communities Program

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a result of President Barack Obama’s immigration policy reforms, the program previously known as Secure Communities, will be discontinued. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has issued a memorandum on the Secure Communities program. The new program will be known as the “Priority Enforcement Program” (PEP). The following is a summary of the DHS memorandum.

Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memo

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama’s announcement on immigration reform has resulted in a policy change affecting the apprehension, detention, and removal of undocumented immigrants. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has issued a memorandum on the relevant policy changes. The following is a summary of the homeland security memorandum.

Provisional Waiver Expansion

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Another change to the immigration policy after President Barack Obama’s announcement on executive action affects the provisional waiver program. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memorandum on the expansion of the waiver program to reflect immigration policy changes. The following is a summary of the homeland security memo.

Deportation Deferral Memo (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In conjunction with President Barack Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration reform, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memorandum to reflect the president’s immigration policy changes. That memorandum provides for an amendment to the policy for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA). The following is a summary of the homeland security memo.

President Obama's Immigration Reforms

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last night, President Barack Obama announced his plans for immigration reform during a live televised address. Over the course of the coming days, we will bring you a more in-depth analysis of the president’s immigration reforms. This post will serve as a summary of the president’s speech and immigration reform plans.

Tonight's Presidential Immigration Announcement

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

It appears that President Barack Obama’s announcement on immigration reform will be coming sooner rather than later. Tonight (Thursday, November 20th), the president will unveil his immigration reform strategy in a televised address. Millions will welcome the reforms to a long broken immigration policy, but Republicans are looking to strike back.

Does the President Have the Authority for Immigration Executive Action?

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

All signs point to a coming announcement from the White House on immigration reform. This Friday may be the day that millions have been waiting for, to get some form of relief from the ever present threat of deportation. However, as the president is set to act, opponents are arguing that such an expansive executive action would be illegal, and exceeds the president’s Constitutional authority.

Deportations Tearing Families Apart

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we count the days until the president’s impending announcement on immigration reform, the millions who continue to live under the constant threat of deportation find little relief. Often times, it is the children of immigrant parents who suffer the most. Stories continue to surface of children being torn from their parents and families, no longer with the safety and security of family life.

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