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Immigration Advocates File Suit Against DHS to Disclose Its Deportation Records

Last week, an alliance of national immigration advocacy organizations filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), seeking to compel the release of documents concerning the agency’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP). continue reading »

NCLR Commends Immigration Policy That Puts Safety First When Immigration Laws Enforced

NCLR (National Council of La Raza) praised the announcement made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding important steps that the agency will be taking to better focus continue reading »

DHS: Prioritizing Enforcement and Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

Today, the American Immigration Council hosted a briefing to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement last week that it would issue agency-wide guidance to make certain that prosecutorial discretion is exercised in a manner that ensures the agency's enforcement resources are used to remove those who pose the greatest risk to public safety. continue reading »

Homeland Security Asking for $30 Million to Keep National Guard At Border

The Department of Homeland Security is asking Congress’ permission to have the 1,200 National Guard troops remain along the U.S.-Mexico border for a few more months. continue reading »

Dept of Homeland Security Fence Divides Families and Farms at Rio Grande

The Rio Grande, which once marked the international boundary, now sandwiches the house that Pamela Taylor and her husband built more than fifty years ago and a tall steel barrier erected by DHS last year a quarter mile north of the Rio; the Taylor's two acres now lie on a strip of land that neither belongs to Mexico or the United States; Taylor and other residents believe that the government has not accounted for an estimated eight houses stranded on the other side of the fence. continue reading »

Arizona Files Suit Against Government Regarding Hot Topic of Immigration

Arizona is at it again. Republicans Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne have filed a counter suit against the federal government claiming that, in part, it has failed to gain “operational control” of the border. continue reading »

Napolitano Invites Critics to Visit the U.S.-Mexico Border

Wanting lawmakers to see for themselves the White House’s latest efforts to curb and ultimately eliminate drug, weapon, and human trafficking, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has invited House and Senate legislators to the U.S.-Mexico border. continue reading »

Illegal Re-entry by Immigrants #1 Crime Prosecuted in U.S. not Drug Crimes or Terrorism

According to information in a new report out of Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), re-entry into the U.S. by unauthorized immigrants was the crime most prosecuted by federal authorities. continue reading »

US and Canada Meet to Discuss Cross-Border Crime, Border Security

Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General Rob Nicholson and Canada's Minister of Public Safety Vic continue reading »

Traditional Drink, Ponche, Ingredients Prohibited from Entry

Ponche, a traditional Mexican holiday punch, is shared and enjoyed among many families along the Southwest Border during holiday seasons. However the ingredients used to make it, guavas, continue reading »

Secretary Napolitano Announces Enhancements to E-Verify

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced the expansion of the E-Verify program' continue reading »

Illinois Counties Use ICE’s “Secure Communities” Biometric Program

On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information-sharing capability in Crawford, De Witt, Ford and Piatt counties that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully continue reading »

UPDATE: Hundreds of Immigration Cases Being Dismissed

UPDATE: As a result of the high number of dismissals, Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee have taken issue written to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding they be given a full report on the dismissals by November 15th. continue reading »

ICE Loses Track of Its Money, Where Did It Go?

Critics of the 287(g) program, which gives local police permission to enforce federal immigration laws, were given a boost to their cause after a report released Friday revealed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had lost track of its money. continue reading »

UPDATE: Hundreds of Immigration Cases Being Dismissed

UPDATE: As a result of the high number of dismissals, Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee have taken issue written to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding they be given a full report on the dismissals by November 15th. continue reading »

Immigrant Mother Arrested, Smuggled Children Returned

Two Mexican children who were separated from their mother while being smuggled into the United States were reunited with her a short time later owing to the quick actions of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities here Wednesday afternoon. continue reading »

Secretary Napolitano Announces Record-Breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics Achieved

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced record-breaking immigration enforcement statistics achieved —including unprecedented numbers of convicted criminal alien removals and overall alien removals in fiscal year 2010. continue reading »

Communities Opting Out of Immigration Enforcement Program

Virginia’s Arlington County has joined Santa Clara County of California in voting to opt out of the Department of Homeland Security’s program Secure Communities. Tuesday, The Santa Clara County Board continue reading »

UPDATE: Immigration Raids In Las Vegas Were Based On Faulty Information

Tuesday night, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with officials from the Department of Homeland Security to address the community’s concerns about the immigration raids of July 29th. continue reading »

Border Patrol Testing Iris Scanners

The Border Patrol Station in McAllen Texas will be testing iris scan technology for the next two weeks. The Dept. of Homeland Sec (DHS) will be testing machines than can be used from 3 to 4 feet away including one that simply works as people walk by. The test will help the department determine how useful these scanners might be in the future on a broader basis. continue reading »