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Obama Administration Halts Deportations for Undocumented Children

June 15, 2012 Associated Press

The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

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Fifth Circuit Affirms Farmers Branch Housing Ordinance As Unconstitutional Targeting of Undocumented Immigrants

Ruling caps five-year legal battle over latest unlawful ordinance enacted by the City of Farmer’s Branch, costing taxpayers millions
NEW ORLEANS – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled the City of Farmers Branch, located outside of Dallas, TX, violated the Constitution by passing a housing ordinance aimed at driving out Latinos.  The court held that “the ordinance’s sole purpose is not to regulate housing but to exclude undocumented [immigrants], specifically Latinos.”  The Fifth Circuit further held that the City of Farmers Branch’s Ordinance 2952 is an unconstitutional and invalid regulation of immigration and “constitutes an obstacle to federal authority over immigration and the conduct of foreign affairs.”  Today’s ruling affirms the permanent injunction issued by the district court on March 25, 2010, which has since blocked implementation of the ordinance.   Read more ...

Violence Against Women Act Immigration Provisions Hold Up Reauthorization

March 16, 2012 - Proposed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has hit road bumps related to provisions that would expand protections for battered immigrant women.  Republican Senators have expressed concerns that U Visas may go to individuals who do not qualify for the protection while crime victim's advocates are concerned that immigrant crime victims have the protection they need to reach out to law enforcement for help.  Read the article »

ICE Issues New Immigrant Detention Standards

March 3, 2012 - While advocates have hailed new immigrant detention standards, there continue to be concerns that the new standards fail to go far enough to ensure the rights and safety of detainees.  ICE has yet to commit to a timeline for implementation of the guidelines. See U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement page for Performance-Based National Detention Standards »

NYT: U.S. Citizens being detained under Obama administration program intended to target immigrant criminals

The New York Times reports that a growing number of United States citizens have been detained under Obama administration programs intended to detect undocumented immigrants who are arrested by local police.  Read the article >>

Immigration from Mexico on decline; Immigrant Latinos integrating faster than in past

The Huffington Post reported on November 15, 2011, that while immigration from Mexico is decreasing, a new study shows Latino immigrants in the United States are integrating into American society faster than in the past.  Read the article >>