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Friday, October 22, 2010


THIS WEEK IN IMMIGRATION
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GOP Leaders Huff and Puff in Yet Another Letter to Napolitano about ICE Enforcement Priorities
 
Despite a record number of removals in fiscal years 2010, GOP Senators Sessions, Cornyn, Kyl, Grassley, Hatch, Coburn and Graham fired off yet another letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday, accusing the administration of a "lax approach" to immigration enforcement and "selectively enforcing" immigration laws. The letter, which cites a Houston Chroniclearticle quoting nearly 400 dismissed removal cases in Houston immigration courts in recent months, follows new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities of pursuing serious criminals and a countrywide systematic review of certain immigration court cases. The conservative Senators complaint, however, is not new. In fact, it's just the latest in a string of letters accusing the administration of everything from "de facto amnesty" to giving detainees an "overly-comfortable place to reside." The senators, it seems, are out for more than a fair, functioning and prioritized immigration enforcement system. Read more...


Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing
Earlier this month, President Obama announced the annual refugee allocations - 80,000 total for Fiscal Year 2011, the same total as in 2010. However, while the total yearly allocation is the same, African refugees are being underrepresented. The 2011 ceiling for African refugees is 15,000, which is slightly lower than in 2010 and nearly 25 percent lower than the average for the previous decade (2000-2010). In reality, the number of African refugees actually admitted has fallen considerably below the ceilings due to processing problems. Why? New data documenting the underrepresentation of refugees from Africa in the U.S. looks at allegations of fraudulent African family reunification applications, DNA testing programs, and its implications for U.S. refugee and immigration policy. Read more...

There are several things the public can count on each election season - a deluge of non-stop political advertising, daily tracking polls, and now to an increasing degree, false claims about immigrants by politicians looking for a cheap way to score political points.The first example comes from Kansas where anti-immigrant zealot Kris Kobach (running for Secretary of State) is claiming that non-citizens are fraudulently voting en masse on election day. The charge is so ludicrous that he has not presented any evidence to support the claim. This red-herring of non-citizen voting is so flimsy that both conservative and liberal groups have responded to the myth. Read more...

Last week, the Georgia Board of Regents decided to effectively ban undocumented students from attending 5 of the 61 Universities and Technical College Systems of Georgia starting in the fall of 2011 through a series of admissions provisions. Georgia becomes the second state (after South Carolina) to attempt to prevent undocumented students from attending its universities. This effort comes despite the fact that of the 310,000 students in the Georgia system, only 501 are undocumented - all of whom pay out of state tuition (which more than covers the cost of their instruction). Read more...

While some candidates continue to make political fodder out of immigration and border security on the campaign trail, administration officials are pushing Congress to get real about overhauling our broken immigration system. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, Alan Bersin, recently commented that Congress needs to 'get serious about a post-election immigration overhaul if the nation is to deal with the duality of enforcing border security while facilitating trade.' In the wake of the nation's SB1070-inspired border frenzy, some may be surprised to learn that there's more to immigration than targeting undocumented immigrants and securing the border. A big part of Bersin's job also involves regulating the flow of trade and commerce across the border, as well as expediting travel - priorities that tend to get lost in empty debate over who's the toughest on undocumented immigration. Read more...

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