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Immigration Activists Renew Focus On Local Battles After National Disappointments

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The immigration reform movement has had a disheartening year. Activists succeeded in persuading President Barack Obama to expand d...

Under Obama's New Policies, 87 Percent of Undocumented Immigrants Won't Be Targeted For Deportation

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

Even if President Barack Obama's deportation relief policies remain blocked, up to 87 percent of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. likely will not ...

Republicans Urge Obama Administration To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of putting Americans at risk by allowing localities to opt out of enforcing fed...

Elise Foley

Jeb Bush, Other Republicans Go After Funding For Sanctuary Cities | Elise Foley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Funds should be withheld from jurisdictions that don't work with immigration agents, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wed...

Elise Foley

Hillary Clinton Piles On San Francisco Officials, Putting Sanctuary Cities Under Even More Heat | Elise Foley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a deadly shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by a man who had been deported five times, lawmakers are calling on the county to dr...

Roque Planas

Homeland Security Is Having Trouble Getting Immigrants To Trust It | Roque Planas | Posted 05.08.2015 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met Thursday with immigrant rights groups in Brooklyn, where he urged them to work w...

Elise Foley

Immigration Official Walks Back Support For Mandating That Police Hold Immigrants (UPDATE) | Elise Foley | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that she would support a law to require local law enforcement to hold ...

Elise Foley

With Relief Programs Stalled, Immigration Activists Keep Focus On Deportations | Elise Foley | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the most heralded aspects of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration are stalled in the courts, which means act...

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 01.29.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

ICE Detainers Are Unfunded Mandate and Threaten Public Safety

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Recent federal court decisions make it clear local law enforcement agencies that detain individuals on the sole authority of an ICE detainer request violate the Fourth Amendment, exposing them to legal liability unless there has been an independent finding of probable cause to justify detention.

UT-Austin & S-Comm: Here's What You Need to Know

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Ingrid Vasquez

Since its inception in 2009, Travis County has deported about 19 immigrants each week -- "leading all counties with the highest percentage of deported non criminals." And The University of Texas at Austin, has been no stranger to these type of issues.

Immigrant Women, Native American Women and Rape

Ryan Campbell | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

As the NFL scandals keep breaking and a greater degree of attention is placed on violence against women, it is my hope that groups which do not get much attention in this conversation are brought more to the forefront: Native American and immigrant women.

Elise Foley

Immigration Advocates: ICE Is 'Out Of Control' | Elise Foley | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates are alleging that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is "more out of control than ever," going after immigrants aggressively ...

Elise Foley

Los Angeles Stops Holding Immigrants For Deportation | Elise Foley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti dealt another blow on Monday to the Obama administration's deportation programs, saying city police will...

Immigrant Families Are Not Poker Chips

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Mr. President, as leaders, we do not always get to choose the burdens we bear. And the burden of the lives of thousands of needlessly deported mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, rests squarely on your shoulders.

Elise Foley

DHS Wants 'Fresh Start' For Reviled Immigration Program | Elise Foley | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hinted on Thursday that a controversial program that helps the government find undocumented immi...

Jeh Johnson: 'Very Controversial' Deportation Policy Up For Review

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who's conducting a politically charged review of the nation's deportation policy, said Th...

Elise Foley

Law Enforcement Officials Expect 'Reboot' Of Controversial Program | Elise Foley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement officials said Tuesday they are anticipating a "reboot" of a controversial immigration enforcement program that has face...

Elise Foley

Obama Faces Growing Revolt Against Secure Communities | Elise Foley | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last Wednesday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) announced a significant change to the city's law enforcement policies. Going forwa...

How Possessing Marijuana Gets People Kicked Out Of The U.S.

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who...

How President Obama Can Curb Deportations Now

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The president already has the power to reverse his failed immigration and border security policies. Now he just needs the political will and moral courage.

DTLA's Appeal to Humanity: On Immigration and the State of the Union

John Washington | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
John Washington

Full Text of DREAM Team Los Angeles Reaction to SOTU Address & Republican Response: DREAM Team Los Angeles, undocumented activist youth advocating fo...

Secure Communities: Why Does the Kern County Sheriff Defy the Law?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Sheriff Youngblood is boldly defying state law, an odd stand by a law enforcement officer sworn to uphold the law. The sheriff's position doesn't encourage confidence in him by the Latino community and many others in Kern County.

Immigration Reform Is Dead But We Must Continue to Push Forward

Prerna Lal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

Obama can change his legacy, while giving our communities a victory, and giving us freedom to live, drive, work, and travel without fear of being separated from our families.

Elise Foley

California Signs Unprecedented Anti-Deportation Law | Elise Foley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill on Saturday limiting the state's cooperation with federal immigration authorities, a rebuk...