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December 2012 Archives

Policy change on illegal detainers

In what immigration reform advocates are calling a well-deserved Christmas present to undocumented immigrants, the local detainer program used by local law enforcement agencies will be not be renewed in 2013. As reported through CNS News.com, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chief John Morton announced new guidelines for local agencies. Chief among them was the non-renewal of the "287(g) program."

Immigration detainers may be limited to convicted felons

In our previous post, we discussed how the federal class action lawsuit involving improper immigration detainers will proceed, giving those illegally held on suspected immigration violations permission to sue the government in federal court. In an interesting coincidence, local law enforcement agencies throughout the state of California are poised to change the way they deal with immigration based holds.

Class action involving immigration detainers moves forward

A federal class action lawsuit was recently approved that could give a number of people unlawfully detained on the basis of their suspected immigration status the ability to sue the U.S. government in federal court. The suit is lead by class member Jimenez Moreno, who was held in a county jail in Illinois for six months on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. As it turns out, Moreno was a U.S. citizen.

Scholarship fund enacted to help undocumented students

The legislative gridlock over immigration reform, specifically the DREAM Act, was one of the central issues in the recent presidential election. After retaining the White House and a majority in the Senate, many political analysts believe that democrats will invest their political capital by trying to pass the DREAM Act once again.

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