Federal Update

Obama Announces Temporary Relief for Young Immigrants | Administrative Discretion leads to only 4,363 cases closed or dismissed  |  ICE Unveils New Detention Center  |  Civil Rights Organizations Call on FBI to End Facilitation of ICE “Secure Communities” Deportation Program  |  ICE Issues New Immigrant Detention Standards  |  ICE Appoints Public Advocate  |  Family Unity Waiver Changes  | New Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines

Obama Announces Temporary Relief for Young Immigrants

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.

Read Fox News Latino story » 

Additional Resources and Events

United We Dream Deferred Action Guide

El Paso, Texas

August 9, 9:30 PM
San Elizario Independent School District
Location TBA
Sponsored by the Immigrant Defense Bar of El Paso
Faciliated by Arturo Rodriguez and Raymundo Eli Rojas

Thursday, September 9, 6-8pm
Are You a Dreamer?
UTEP Union, University Suite
Sponsored by Chicano Studies, Chicano(a) Pre-Law Society

 

Administrative Discretion Leads to only 4,363 cases closed or dismissed

June 10, 2012 – One year after the Obama Administration said it would use prosecutorial discretion to stop the deportation of some immigrants who are not a safety threat, it has dismissed less than 2% of the cases reviewed under the new policy.

Read San Jose Mercury News Story on the policy and its outcomes »

 

ICE Unveils New Detention Center

March 13, 2012 – Immigration and Customs Enforcement has opened it’s first detention center designed to reflect a commitment to changing the way immigrants suspected of being deportable are detained.  The first “civil detention center” has 608 beds and is located in Karnes City, Texas (aka middle of nowhere).

Read Washington Post Story on new Karnes City facility »

 

Civil Rights Organizations Call on FBI to End Facilitation of ICE “Secure Communities” Deportation Program

March 8, 2012 – The National Day Labor Organizing Network and over 80 other civil rights organizations sent a letter to the FBI demanding an end to the facilitation of the ICE “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) deportation program. 

Read press release from Center for Constitutional Rights »

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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.  Read the article »

See U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement page for Performance-Based National Detention Standards »

 

ICE Appoints Public Advocate

In February 2012, ICE Director John Morton announced the appointment of a public advocate to handle complaints and questions about immigration enforcement policies.  Read the article »

See U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement page on Public Advocate »

 

Family Unity Waiver Changes

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed procedural changes that will stop the multi-year separation of spouses and children of U.S. citizens while they apply for a green card.

  Read the article »

 

New Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines

Advocates are accessing the impact and helpfulness of the Department of Homeland Security’s Prosecutorial Discretion guidance, issued late summer 2011.

Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines, August, 2011 >>