Predictably, some Democrats have gone on offense. Nancy Pelosi has drawn a hard line in the sand, reportedly calling for citizenship or nothing. Other resistance comes from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, who dismissed Republican principles as ‘fool’s gold’ and a “nonstarter” because they lack a new special path to citizenship. However, noted immigration lawyer Greg Siskind pushed back, commenting on his blog that “the AFL-CIO’s biggest problem with immigration reform is opposition to guest workers,” and not the GOP’s failure to forge a new special path to citizenship for all. Mr. Siskind, a self-described loyal Democrat, is right.
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Yesterday, New Jersey became the latest state to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. The news came as both Democrats and Republicans were able to strike a deal that provided a tuition break to undocumented students, but nixed the portion of the bill that provided them with state aid.
Governor Christie (R-NJ) has gone as far as to demand apologies of those who said that he was playing “political games” with the issue.
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Miami-Dade County, Florida, has passed a resolution terminating their funding to house temporarily detained immigrants within its correctional facilities.
The resolution boasted some eye-opening numbers regarding the number of undocumented immigrants that are detained and handed over to ICE. meanwhile, across the country in California, San Bernardino County mulls over a similar proposal.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement released it’s deportation numbers yesterday. According to the breakdown, deportations have dropped by 10% in comparison to last year’s record number. However, we are closing in on 2,000,000 deportations under the Obama administration and there does not to seem to be any relief in sight.
On a separate note, the PEW Research Center disclosed the following study. In it, there are various figures that demonstrate that Hispanics put “deportation relief” over “citizenship” at the end of the day. Perhaps immigrant advocates could take a hint. Oh, the study also shows that both Republicans & Democrats will hold a substantial amount of blame for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.
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Newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote a letter to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) regarding deportation quotas.
"I do not believe that deportation quotas or numeric goals are a good idea," Johnson wrote in the letter, obtained by HuffPost and confirmed by Durbin’s office.
Johnson, who has been criticized for not having experience in immigration policy matters, has touted his support for the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.
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Seven undocumented immigrants have launched a compliant against the state of Virginia. Following the steps of other states such as New Jersey and Maryland, the students are seeking in-state tuition at state universities and colleges.
The 19-year-old cannot afford the out-of-state tuition of $29,000 a year Virginia charges people with her immigration status, so she and six other students filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Arlington County Circuit Court arguing that they should be able to pay the same lower rates as other longtime Virginia residents.
Similar litigation is occurring in the states of Georgia and Arizona. Although efforts to take up the issue of in-state tuition have failed in the General Assembly, the issue is expected to be taken up once again next year.
NPR reported a story based on the numbers behind the individuals who have yet to apply to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). According to the publication, there’s a HALF A MILLION individuals who would qualify for DACA but have not applied.
More numbers from the story:
NPR notes that the $465 application fee has been a hurdle for many beneficiaries, but also notes cultural barriers:
Tiffany Panlilio says part of the problem is cultural. Organizers have to overcome a social stigma among Filipinos over admitting they’re undocumented.
TIFFANY PANLILIO: It’s kind of just seen as a big shame to your family or to your friends.
ROBBINS: Panlilio is with the organization Asian-Americans Advancing Justice.
PANLILIO: It’s very similar within the Korean community, definitely the Chinese community.
As well as fear…
ROBBINS: And then there’s fear. Young undocumented immigrants are getting mixed messages. While one department inside Homeland Security - Citizen and Immigration Services - is saying come forward, avoid deportation and get a work permit, another - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - is busy deporting friends, family, and in some cases potential applicants themselves.
Miami-Dade County has passed a resolution signaling that it will instruct its Correction and Rehabilitation Department to not honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers; unless, the federal government issues a refund for “all costs relating to compliance with such detainer requests.”
You can see a copy of the resolution here, which was sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime and Sally A. Heyman.
One of the most important details regarding immigration policy, specifically the powers of President Obama when it comes to handling deportations, may have been revealed by Nancy Pelosi during a Telemundo interview this past weekend.
NANCY PELOSI: Well, I don’t know whether he has the authority. But I think that there is discretion in the law as to the impl– implementation, enforcement of– of– the legislation that is calling for these deportations. And I myself– coming from San Francisco, representing– being part of California– we have seen deportations that were totally unjustified, you know?
Our view of the law is that it– if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation. If somebody has broken the law, committed a felony or something, that’s a different story. And– when those people are apprehended, they are deported. So– I don’t see any reason for these deportations.
And– there has been un– it hasn’t been a uniform– enforcement of the law. So I think the d– prosecutorial discretion to say, “If your only violation is you overstayed or came in in a certain way, that’s no reason to split a family.” And we have seen the personal stories. And we presented them to the administration. So I think– I’m hopeful that with the documentation that we are providing to counter what others may be saying about who’s being deported, that we will see action from the president.
Head over to Latino Rebels for a longer transcript of the interview.
The percentage of South Korea’s youth that is deemed “digitally native,” according to a recent study highlighted by the New York Times.
However, when compared to the rest of the world, only a THIRD of young people are “digital natives.”
This is article becomes even more interesting, when compared to the Economist’s analysis on mobile broadband cost.