While Republicans worry about non-citizens voting fraudulently in the Presidential election, many immigrant advocates contend the bigger problem is the large number of eligible immigrants who are not registered to vote.
After last week’s commentary on the response of gay binational couples to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation guidelines, Fi2W blogger Erwin De Leon received quite a few heated reactions.
Undocumented immigrants hopeful for a resolution of their legal status cannot count on the Obama administration’s new policy of prosecutorial discretion to solve their woes.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that undocumented children and youth eligible for the federal DREAM Act, as well as others not deemed to be serious criminal threats, will not be deported. Once their outstanding deportation cases are closed, these individuals will be able to apply for work authorization.
DHS says existing agreements with states to operate the immigration enforcement program are no longer needed. States have no choice but to share their fingerprint databases with the federal authorities.
According to a new report from the Immigration Policy Center the Obama administration scaled up its enforcement efforts to mollify critics in Congress.
The federal government is sending conflicting signals about its deportation policies. Recently, WNYC reported on the human side of deportation in a story about a couple snagged by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations team.