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Controversial fingerprints program set for New York meets resistance

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Published May 12, 2012 The Wall Street Journal Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/12/controversial-fingerprints-program-set-for-new-york-meets-resistance/#ixzz1vc1hsENQ A program that gives federal immigration officials access to the fingerprints of undocumented immigrants booked into local jails will start Tuesday across New York state despite staunch opposition from advocates and lawmakers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A law-enforcement official familiar with the program, called […]

Amid pushback, Patrick to uphold law on ‘Secure Communities’

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By Andy Metzger / State House News Service Saturday, May 12, 2012   While Gov. Deval Patrick is resigned to participating in the federal government’s Secure Communities program, immigrant rights advocates said it will force undocumented immigrants into hiding from local law enforcement. Secure Communities uses FBI fingerprint data, submitted by local police to determine the identities […]

Immigration agency will expand fingerprint program

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By New York Times News Service Published: May 12. 2012 4:00AM PST Obama administration officials have announced that a contentious fingerprinting program to identify illegal immigrants will be extended across Massachusetts and New York next week, expanding federal enforcement efforts despite opposition from the governors and immigrant groups in those states. In blunt emails sent […]

AILA Resources on the Violence Against Women Act

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“AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12050742 (posted May. 7, 2012)”   Enacted in 1994 and reauthorized twice in 2000 and 2005, VAWA has a long history of uniting lawmakers with the common purpose of protecting survivors of domestic violence. When VAWA was first conceived, Congress recognized that the noncitizen status of battered immigrants can make them […]

Punishing Immigration Lawyers in Arizona by Requiring Additional CLE

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This past April, Alabama Senator Holley recently introduced Senate Bill 543 (SB543) that would require attorneys who practice immigration law in the State of Alabama to complete an additional 50 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours on top of the requisite 12 CLE hours already mandated by the Alabama Supreme Court each calendar year.   Assuming a law could be […]

Cinco De Mayo 2012: Why Politicians Swarm Cinco De Mayo Festivals

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Reprinted from Huffington Post: 05/05/2012 9:28 am Updated: 05/05/2012 10:50 am With the intersection of Cinco de Mayo and an election year in which Latino voters are likely to play a definitive role, President Barack Obama’s quick pivot this week from a party to immigration policy isn’t unique. For candidates across the country, the act […]

Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Syrians, Iranians

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  “…I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or […]

Obama Administration Refuses to Allow Court Review of Asylum Seekers’ Detention

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Reprint from Heartland Alliance March 22, 2012 The Department of Justice has refused to issue regulations that would allow immigration judges to decide whether to detain asylum seekers who are determined to have viable cases and pose no threat to society. The administration released its decision in response to a petition for rulemaking submitted by […]