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Under 'Secure Communities,' all fingerprints would go in database

Published on Fri, Aug 20, 2010

"We question how (ICE is) setting their priorities," said Michelle Waslin, senior policy analyst at the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center, which is against Secure Communities. "Are they truly focusing on the most dangerous criminals, or are they also picking up people who have not been convicted of any or a relatively minor crime?"

Published in the Durango Herald

Made In America

Myths & Facts about Birthright Citizenship

Washington D.C. - The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution affirms that all persons born in the United States (and subject to its jurisdiction) have a birthright to citizenship, or, in other words, are automatically U.S. Citizens upon birth. During the last presidential election cycle the issue of birthright citizenship was used to challenge the legitimacy of both major parties' candidates. And this year, like every other, bills will be introduced in Congress to deny U.S. citizenship to the children of unauthorized immigrants as a "cure" to our broken immigration system.  However, what are the legal and practical issues surrounding birthright citizenship? What does the Constitution provide for and what is at stake when it comes to preserving the birthrights of our citizens? Read more...

Flag-Wrapped Wrestler Cejudo Values Birthright Citizenship Over Gold Medal

Published on Thu, Oct 07, 2010

Eliminating birthright citizenship would mean everyone, not just immigrants, would have to prove their status and would require a federal bureaucracy to determine who is a citizen, said Michele Waslin, a policy analyst at the Immigration Policy Center, a Washington-based nonpartisan research group.

Published in the Bloomberg

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 5

This issue covers conflicting circuit court decisions on attorneys fees in naturalization delay suits, an update on ineffective assistance of counsel litigation, a circuit court decision upholding the Orantes injunction for Salvadorans, recent decisions addressing how to calculate the one year filing deadline for asylum applications, and a new AILF Practice Advisory on electronic filing in federal court.

Published On: Friday, April 17, 2009 | Download File

U.S. Deports Record Number of Migrants in 2010

Published on Wed, Jan 05, 2011

In the two years that the measure has been in effect – and according to a report by the Immigration Policy Center it lacks the proper supervision and a complaint procedure and it spurs racial profiling against immigrants – 69,905 foreigners have been identified as being in the country illegally and deported.

Published in the Latin America Herald Tribune

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 22

This issue covers litigation related to ICE raids at Swift plants, post-Lopez motions, developments in Acosta and Padilla-Caldera cases, challenges to Matter of Blake, and technical support from the National Immigration Project.

Published On: Thursday, December 21, 2006 | Download File

The Failure of Border Security

Published on Mon, Feb 28, 2011

With Democrats condemning House Republicans for slashing funding for border security in their budget, the American Independent reports on two new policy briefs that argue that increased U.S. funding and personnel for enforcement of the border with Mexico are proving totally ineffective at actually securing the border.

The National Immigration Forum’s report observes that despite hyperbolic political rhetoric to the contrary, Border Patrol funding has been increasing dramatically since 2005, rising at an average of $300 million per year. Under the combined efforts of the Bush and Obama administrations, the Border Patrol now has over 21,000 personnel, twice the amount they had in 2000, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) providing an additional 3,000 agents at the border. The reallocation of National Guard troops to prevent the feared “spillover effects” from Mexican drug violence costs $300 million every year. This in spite of the fact that “crime rates were already down in the border region” before the National Guard was deployed, with border cities like El Paso, Texas and San Diego, Calif. boasting some of the lowest crime rates in the country. Absurdly, the Obama administration’s unprecedented campaign to deport as many law-abiding immigrants as possible is costing the taxpayer $23,000 per immigrant. Read more...

Published in the Campus Progress