Posted on January 16, 2013 by scjustice
The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new rule that will allow certain people who have U.S. citizen family members – but must leave the United States as part of the process of becoming eligible for lawful permanent residence – to complete a critical part of the application process before they leave the U.S.
The National Immigration Law Center breaks down this new stateside waiver rule in the fact sheet posted below.
Stateside Waiver Facts
The new rule takes effect March 4, 2013.
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Posted on September 19, 2011 by scjustice
From The (Orangeburg) Times & Democrat:
By VICTORIA MIDDLETON | Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011
A bill recently introduced in Congress by the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) would strip immigrants of any opportunity to challenge their detention in front of a judge while doing nothing to address the serious issues of delay and lack of resources that already plague the U.S. immigration (court) system. The new bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to detain a large swath of immigrants, most of whom have no criminal history at all.
Rep. Smith claims that the bill, H.R.1932, will protect people from “dangerous criminals,” but it could lead to the detention of many other immigrants, including some lawful permanent residents. Productive members of our communities could be incarcerated with no opportunity to challenge their detention.
The immigration detention system is already overcrowded and costly. The system holds more than 33,000 individuals on average each day, at a cost of $1.9 billion a year. The cost to taxpayers is $45,000 per detainee per year and would increase if this bill is passed.
Those in immigration custody are not appointed attorneys and often have a hard time arranging representation; an estimated 84 percent of those detained do not have lawyers. Roughly half the people now in immigration detention have never been convicted of any crime.
This law could be more than unnecessary – it could be unconstitutional.
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Posted on August 1, 2011 by scjustice
From The Huffington Post:
Kristian Ramos–7/26/11 04:53 PM ET
In the midst of increasingly frantic debt limit negotiations, it is telling that President Barack Obama took the time to speak at the NCLR Conference. With the 2012 campaign season revving up, Obama’s willingness to take time out from the furious negotiations occurring on Capitol Hill to speak before a capacity crowd of Hispanic leaders shows that he understands exactly how important the Hispanic vote will be.
The stakes were high for the president’s speech. Secure Communities and the deportation of DREAM Act students have dulled some of the initial luster that the president had when he first took office. That is not to say that the president has not been deaf to these complaints. The president has advised the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to show greater discretion in what types of undocumented immigrants to deport. DHS has also created an internal working group within the agency to find ways to improve the many problems associated with Secure Communities. (more…)
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