Ben Johnson, the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, recently published an article in The Hill. The article, titled "Stop using legalization of the undocumented as a bargaining chip," focused on the amendments in the Senate bill designed to put off the road to citizenship until certain benchmarks were met.
"A report released this month by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council revealed that most of the people being deported are not dangerous criminals, as we have been led to believe. In fact, most have 'committed relatively minor, nonviolent crimes or have no criminal histories at all,' the report concluded.
Two thirds of all deportees were apprehended at or near the border, while one third was stopped and detained from the 'interior of the country.' Immigration lawyers say the arrests are happening everywhere: at bus and train stops, on the streets, in homes and in workplaces."
During an event hosted by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), economic and labor experts affirmed the benefits of comprehensive immigration reform in the wake of a renewed commitment from both the White House and members of Congress to introducing immigration legislation this fall. Today's speakers asserted that now is the time to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and level the playing field for all workers -- fair and square.
Cover letter dated August 16, 2012 from Katherine Gallo, Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General, to Melissa Crow, American Immigration Council, indicating that 1 page of records was releasable in full, 7 pages were partially releasable, and 1 page was withheld in full under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6), (b)(7)(A), and (b)(7)(C). An attachment to the letter indicates that the record withheld is a complaint intake document on an open law enforcement investigation.
Pages 1-3: Records appear to relate to complaint filed by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) regarding CBP enforcement action in a detention facility in Tacoma, WA against Korean speaker with limited English proficiency.
Page 4: Record appears to relate to CBP enforcement action in Forks, WA.
Pages 5-7: Records appear to relate to complaint by NWIRP regarding alleged wrongful stop and detention without probable cause.
Page 8: Record appears to relate to complaint regarding CBP’s alleged use of coercive tactics.
Next week, the House Immigration Subcommittee will hold a hearing to discuss the challenges and problems of a mandatory, nation-wide, electronic employment verification system (EEVS). EEVS is the centerpiece of the "SAVE Act," introduced in Congress in November of last year by Reps. Heath Schuler (D-NC) and Tom Tancredo (R-CO), which proposes a host of deeply flawed deportation-only immigration measures. This week, Immigration OnPoint highlights the many serious shortcomings of current federal and state legislative proposals to implement a mandatory EEVS for all employers.
Washington D.C. - Today, in the Washington Post, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) laid out their blueprint for immigration reform legislation, noting that the American people want Congress to reform the badly broken immigration system. Their framework, welcomed by the President in a statement also released today, rests on four pillars: ending illegal employment through biometric Social Security cards, enhancing border and interior enforcement, managing the flow of future immigration to correspond to economic realities, and creating a tough but fair path toward legalization for the 11 million people currently in the U.S. without authorization. While there will undoubtedly be intense debate over the specifics of each component, the framework marks an important bipartisan step forward on an issue that has been mired in political controversy and held up by both parties for too long.
"Today's statements mark renewed commitment to providing immigration reform that will bolster the economy and provide for America's future," said Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. "We encourage the President and Senators Schumer and Graham to go beyond words and produce legislation that will finally fix our broken immigration system once and for all." Read more...