Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In Arizona Speech, President Trump Defends His Charlottesville Response, Attacks "Fake News," and Touts His Immigration Record

 

After a tumultuous week marred by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and criticisms over the President's response, President Trump gave a campaign-style speech in Phoenix, Arizona last night.  Vice President Mike Pence was at Trump's side and Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was on stage. 

The President's speech was over an hour in length.  He did not have it fully scripted but, at times, pulled out paper that he read from.  As the Washington Post reports, "President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding, said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated and signaled that he was prepared to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is anathema to the Latino community. . . . Trump’s freewheeling comments came at a boisterous campaign rally here during which he also went on an extended diatribe about the media, blaming reporters for the negative fallout he has received over his responses to the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville."

In what CNN's Don Lemon characterized as "a total eclipse of the facts," much of the President's remarks focused on defending his response to the events in Charlottesville and claiming that the "fake news" failed to fully and fairly report what he said.  CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post were attacked by name.  Fox was lauded as being fair to the President.  

The speech did not focus quite as much on immigration as I thought he would.  It, however, was one of the few policy issues that the President went into any detail on in his speech, perhaps attempting to pivot from the focus on Charlottesville.  President Trump appealed to his base and played his "greatest hits" of immigration, including his promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, increase enforcement to remove "the gangs" and protect Americans, etc.  President Trump referred to MS13 members as "animals" deserving removal and spoke of the great job that his administration was doing on immigration enforcement.  

Protesters marched in Phoenix and some reportedly were arrested.  During his speech, President Trump stated that there were few protesters.  CNN reported that there were "thousands."  Police used tear gas late in the evening to disperse the crowd.

President Trump's remarks ended and were followed by the Rolling Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."  I agreed with the song title at that moment and wondered what message the President hoped to send with that song.

 

KJ

August 23, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trump’s Arizona Rally Promises To Stoke Another Kind Of Racial Conflict

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Under criticism for his remarks on Charlottesville, President Trump is visiting the border and Arizona today.  He is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Expect much talk on immigration enforcement, pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently convicted for criminal contempt, attacks on GOP Senator Jeff Flake, and more.  In short, expect more racial conflict spurred on by President Trump's visit to Arizona.

The forecast for Phoenix today:  Protests.

In advance of Trump’s speech in Arizona, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Instead of uniting the American people against hatred and bigotry, Trump is heading to Arizona to throw salt in the wounds he tore open with his response to Charlottesville.  In the first seven months of his presidency, Trump has already shattered immigrant families and attacked the voting rights of Latino citizens, all while doing nothing to fix our broken immigration system. He’s embraced the same disastrous law enforcement policies championed by his close friend, Joe Arpaio. And he wants to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on a divisive wall that will weaken America’s economy without making us any safer.

“Trump’s immigration agenda is an affront to our values, a threat to our security, and a disaster for our economy. Democrats believe that diversity is our greatest strength, and we will continue working to tear down the walls that divide us. As Donald Trump promotes policies rooted in prejudice, Democrats remain committed to finding bipartisan solutions to the challenges we face as a nation.”

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Trump gave a memorable speech focusing on immigration in Phoenix.

KJ

 

 

 

 

August 22, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Places with the fewest immigrants push back hardest against immigration

CNN reports on an interesting politics of immigration phenomenon.  One of the paradixes of the immigration debate is that generally the states and communities with the fewest immigrants are pushing to reduce immigration over the objections of the places with the most immigrants.  (Note that Arizona may be the exception to the rule.).

 
Even as Republicans from President Trump to leading legislators in the House and Senate are driving to reduce both undocumented and legal immigration, the core of the GOP's electoral strength in both presidential and Congressional contests are the places with the smallest share of immigrants, US Census data show.
 
Here is an interesting factoid, especially since President Trump has made immigration one of his central issues:  "native-born residents account for 91% of the population in the states that Trump won and only 81% of the population in the states Clinton carried. "
 
KJ

August 22, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows

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Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 2pm EST, when we continue our Road Ahead for Social Justice series with a conversation about the portrayals of immigrants in popular television shows, and the potential that popular culture presents for transformative change.

In this webinar, we will discuss the need for more diverse stories and representation based on findings from our latest research, Power of POP. Guest speakers Bassem Kawar from Take on Hate and Carl Lipscombe from Black Alliance for Just Immigration will provide best practices and recommendations for engaging popular culture based on their own advocacy work.

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KJ

August 22, 2017 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fake News Report: International soccer star may sue Breitbart for using photo in "illegal immigration" story

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The Hill reports that international soccer star Lukas Podolski is considering legal action against Breitbart News for using a photo of him in an article about illegal immigration, according to a new report.


BBC News reports Podolski, who starred on the German national team during their championship run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has consulted with his lawyer about the matter.

The far-right website posted a story, titled “Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis,” last week with a photo of Podolski riding a jet-ski as the lead image.

Breitbart has since replaced the photo and added a correction to the bottom of their story.

 

KJ

 

August 22, 2017 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

US Embassy in Russia suspends issuance of nonimmigrant visas

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Once again, we see accesses to visas being used as a diplomatic tool.  As the Washington Post reports, the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced yesterday that it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff.

The embassy made the decision after the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered a cap on the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, adding that it would resume issuing visas in Moscow on Sept. 1, but maintain the suspension at consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok indefinitely.

Nearly a quarter of a million Russian tourists visited the U.S. last year, according to Russian tourism officials.

Earlier this month, Russia ordered the U.S. to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755, or two-thirds.
Moscow’s move was a response to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s move to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian recreational retreats in the United States following allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. vote.

President Vladimir Putin said Russia felt forced to reciprocate after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and for its aggression in Ukraine and Syria. 

Here is the U.S. State Department statement on the U.S. Mission to Russia:

"Russia’s decision to reduce the United States’ diplomatic presence here calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations.  We will maintain sufficient staff to carry out essential elements of our mission.

Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23.  Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely.  Currently scheduled appointments will be cancelled and applicants will be provided instructions on how to reschedule.  Please see our website and the attached Fact Sheet for further details."

KJ

August 22, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 21, 2017

KKK leader threatens to ‘burn’ Latina journalist, the first black person on his property

 

 

The Washington Post reports on an interesting media interaction.  Christopher Barker, a leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina, agreed to meet for an interview at his home late last month with Ilia Calderón, a Colombian news anchor for Univision based in Miami. He was told the interview would be conducted by a Hispanic “woman of color.”

But when Barker saw Calderón step out of a car and onto his property near Yanceyville, N.C., the KKK leader appeared taken aback, according to Calderón and her producer, María Martínez-Guzmán. He had expected someone like the rest of the predominately Hispanic, lighter-skinned news crew, they said.

But Calderón is black. Barker told her she was the first black person to step on his land in his 20 years of living there.

Barker is the “imperial wizard” of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK in Pelham, N.C., a group that would later participate in a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Calderón is a U.S. citizen and Colombian immigrant.

Univision planned the interview with Barker and his wife, Amanda Barker, months in advance to provide viewers with an up-close look into a white supremacist’s views, Calderón told The Washington Post.

KJ

 

August 21, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Washington Post Podcast on United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898)

In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case that Wong Kim Ark, a child of Chinese parents who was himself born in San Francisco, was indeed an American citizen.

The second episode of The Washington Post's “Constitutional” podcast explores this case and the role it came to play in profoundly shaping immigration to — and diversity in — America.

Episode guests include Erika Lee, a history professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Immigration History Research Center, as well as the author of “The Making of Asian America: A History”; and Lucy Salyer, a history professor at the University of New Hampshire and author of “Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law.”

KJ

August 21, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

From the Bookshelves: Latinos in the United States: What everyone Needs to Know by Ilan Stavans

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Latinos in the United States:  What Everyone Needs to Know® by Ilan Stavans (December 2017)

  • Provides a comprehensive view of Latinos from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Argues that Latino Americans, more than any other minority group, will redefine the way the United States understands itself
  • Explores the ways acculturation is leading to a new "mestizo" identity that is part Hispanic and part American

KJ

August 21, 2017 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA House urges changes affecting undocumented immigrants

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The American Bar Association House of Delegates, which determines association-wide policy, adopted policies over two days that urges Congress to add courthouses to the “sensitive locations” list for immigration enforcement and licensing groups to admit to the bar undocumented law school graduates under certain circumstances.

The action by the House — made up of 601 delegates from state, local and other bar associations and legal groups from across the country — met in New York on Aug. 14-15 at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting, which began Aug. 10.

Resolution 108, proposed by the ABA Law Student Division and embraced by the ABA Young Lawyers Division, recommends that state courts with authority to regulate admission to the bar admit undocumented law school graduates if they are “seeking legal status.” The resolution passed by voice vote with modest opposition.

Resolution 10C urges Congress to amend Section 287 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to expand and codify Department of Homeland Security guidelines regarding immigration enforcement. It would specifically add courthouses to the government’s “sensitive locations” list.

Under current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy, a handful of locations, such as schools, healthcare facilities, places of worship and religious ceremonies, and public demonstrations, are off-limits to agents. Proponents of the resolution cited examples across the country where individuals avoided courthouses because of fears that ICE had been notified of their pending presence and their undocumented status. They argued that without designating courthouses as “sensitive locations,” the effect would be to chill participation of undocumented victims and defendants from the justice process as well as to deter other witnesses from testifying.

In one case cited, a domestic violence victim refused to testify when she learned that ICE agents were present and looking for her, and the defendant walked free.

In Resolution 10B, the House reaffirmed the ABA’s opposition of a half century to mandatory minimum sentences because it limits a judge’s flexibility to consider circumstances and has a disparate impact on African Americans, whom proponents say are more likely to be charged with offenses with sentences in this category.

The House considered resolutions in these areas over its two-day meeting:

·        Justice issues: The House approved several resolutions related to juvenile justice and the bail system for adults. Drawing from the ABA Criminal Justice Standards, Resolution 112A seeks to address the predicament faced by juveniles caught in child welfare and criminal justice systems at the same time. Resolution 112D urges the end to the use of bail/bond in the juvenile justice system. Resolution 112E would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for those under 18 years old. And, Resolution 112C urges governments to adopt policies that favor release on recognizance, advocating that pre-trial detention should not be occur solely on the ability to pay.

·        Gun violence: Following the lead of several states, the House approved Resolution 118 that urges governments to allow courts to issue gun violence restraining orders, including ex parte orders. Proponents called the resolution a “modest, common-sense reform” that would help families and others prevent suicides and other acts of violence through temporary restraining orders. Opponents raised First and Fourth Amendment issues as well as the one-sided nature of an ex parte proceeding. The resolution passed on a voice vote with modest opposition.

·        Records expungement: Two different resolutions would affect those exonerated from a charge as well as those found guilty of minor offenses. Resolution 112F urges governments to allow individuals to petition to expunge all criminal records pertaining to charges of arrests that did not end in a conviction. Resolution 112G urges that convictions for minor violations for certain crimes related to homelessness be eligible to be expunged.

·        Federal courts: In passing Resolution 104, the House reaffirmed its opposition to restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, one of 13 in the federal appellate system. Legislation has been proposed in Congress to split up the circuit, but there is strong opposition in the legal community. Speakers said the large majority of the 29 appellate judges on the court also oppose the split, as have bar groups in the western states and others.


·        Gideon issues: Resolution 106 urges Congress to give the U.S. Department of Justice more powers to ensure compliance with the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which gave defendants in most criminal cases the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Proponents said the promise of Gideon has been broken as many defendants are provided counsel who prove ineffective. Resolution 115 supports the appointment of counsel at federal government expense to represent all indigent persons in immigration removal proceedings.

All resolutions and their disposition can be found here. Only proposals adopted by the House constitute association policy.

KJ

August 21, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

'America's First' Anti-Illegal Immigration Rally Held in Orange County

 

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NBC LA reports that Hundreds of people divided between a crowd rallying against illegal immigration and a throng of counter-protesters opposing their stance squared off Sunday along the Laguna Beach shoreline.

The "America First'' event that started at 6 p.m. and continued into twilight was mostly peaceful, although one arrest was made at the scene.

On the anti-illegal immigration side, organizer Johnny Benitez of Orange County said the group hoped to keep the gathering -- their fifth rally in Laguna Beach -- peaceful. All of the group's previous demonstrations went off without incident.

Police weren't taking any chances, however, with nearly 100 officers from five different agencies on the site of the confrontation at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway.

A number of those protesting illegal immigration were wearing "Make America Great Again'' hats and flying red flags. They talked about the need to represent and honor victims of violence at the hands of illegal immigrants as well as the burden they said undocumented people can place on the economy.

Counter-protestors waved signs with messages such as "Hate will never make us great'' and "The future is inclusive.'' They tied ribbons around trees and lampposts and a peace sign was constructed on the beach from seaweed.

Today's event was preceded by a Saturday gathering in the same location that called for unity in Laguna Beach.

KJ



 

August 21, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Death on the Border: Missing in the US desert: finding the migrants dying on the trail north

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Picture on the right, Mexico–United States barrier at the border of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, USA. The crosses represent migrants who died in the crossing attempt. Some identified, some not. Surveillance tower in the background.

Last year, 322 deaths were recorded along the US border with Mexico. The real number could be a lot higher. Alex Hannaford for The Guardian joins volunteers searching for the lost and tells the story of the searches for the casualties.  He summarizes the pattern of deaths as follows:

"Last year, there were officially 322 deaths along the US border with Mexico. Human remains were found in the deserts and remote ranchland in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California. In the past decade there have been 4,205. It’s an estimation because these are just those they have recovered. There are probably hundreds more hidden under trees in that scorched Arizona desert alone. All were migrants: men, women and children heading north for a better life, often carrying just the clothes they were wearing."

KJ

August 21, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

World Humanitarian Day 2017

 

 

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

2017 WHD campaign: #NotATarget

Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global online campaign featuring an innovative partnership with Facebook Live, together with events held around the world, we will raise our voices to advocate for those most vulnerable in war zones, and demand that world leaders do everything their power to protect civilians in conflict.

This campaign follows on the UN Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians, which was launched earlier this year. Laying out his ‘path to protection’, the Secretary-General calls for enhanced respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians, including humanitarian and medical workers as well as civilian infrastructure.

Sign the petition at worldhumanitarianday.org to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.

KJ

August 21, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The RAISE Act Would Dramatically Change U.S. Immigration Law

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A few weeks ago, President Trump endorsed immigration reform in the name of the RAISE Act, S. 1720, which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA). 

The RAISE Act would drastically reshape American immigration.  In so doing, the RAISE Act will likely increase, not decrease, pressures for undocumented immigration.

Approximately a 1 million immigrants are granted lawful permanent residence annually. Visas allocated based on family members in the United States comprise about two-thirds of the annual total.  Department of Homeland Security, 2015 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics The top five countries of birth for new LPRs in 2015 were Mexico, China, India, the Philippines, and Cuba. See Migration Information Source, Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States (Mar. 8, 2017), 

Currently, U.S. citizens can sponsor spouses, minor children, and parents without numerical limitations. Under capped categories, U.S. citizens can also sponsor adult children and siblings; and legal permanent residents (LPRs) can sponsor spouses, minor children, and adult unmarried children.

The RAISE Act would cut the annual immigrant admissions by one-half.  The bill would eliminate all family sponsorship beyond spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and LPRs, and would reduce various family categories from 226,000 green cards to 88,000.  The cuts to family-based immigration would affect immigrants from a select few countries. For an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute.  

The Senate bill also would change the system for employment-based lawful immigration.  Under the current system, most employment based immigrants are reserved to the highly skilled.  Besides dramatically reducing family-based immigration, the RAISE Act would replace the current selection scheme with a points system in which applicants would earn points based on:

·1.    A relatively high-paying job offer, with more points for a higher salary

·2.    High English test scores

·3.    Age, with those closest to age 25 earning the most points

·4.    Educational attainment, with more points for degrees earned in the United States, and for advanced degrees in a STEM field

·5.    Investing at least $1.35 million in the United States

 6.    Extraordinary achievement, such as winning a Nobel Prize or being an Olympic-caliber athlete

 

    The bill also seeks to eliminate the Diversity Visa program and further caps refugee admissions, cutting back lawful immigration by 100,000 a year.

 

In total, the RAISE Act would lead to an overall reduction of legal immigration by 50 percent over the next decade. That would exacerbate the current problem of undocumented immigration.  Because of unrealistic restrictions on legal immigration in the current laws, the United States has roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  See Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center, As Mexican Share Declined, U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Population Fell in 2015 Below Recession Level (April 2017).  Reducing legal immigration as the RAISE Act does will likely increase the demand and increase pressures for undocumented immigration.  This is especially the case because the merit-based system will not address the high demand in the United States for low- and medium-skilled workers, which many undocumented immigrants perform today in the agricultural, construction, and service industries.

KJ

August 20, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

ICE Has Arrested More Than 400 In Operation Targeting Parents Who Pay Smugglers

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According to news reports, the U.S. government is putting immigrant parents in an impossible choice, reminiscent of the situation faced by a parent in the famous Meryl Streep movie Sophie's Choice.

Parents Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested more than 400 people in an operation targeting undocumented parents and guardians who allegedly paid smugglers to bring their children to the U.S., putting them in grave danger. An ICE spokesman tells NPR the domestic phase of its Human Smuggling Disruption Initiative concluded on Friday. He said the "surge initiative" will now shift its focus to the transnational smuggling organizations that bring the children to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The operation, which uses immigrant children to target their sponsors in the U.S., has been controversial. Immigrant advocates complain it is hampering efforts to reunite families.  Critics also say it was just another ICE roundup, and didn't have the intended effect of breaking up smuggling rings. The vast majority of those arrested have been hit with civil and criminal immigration violations. Only a handful were charged with federal smuggling crimes.

 

KJ

August 20, 2017 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Batten Down the Hatches: ICE director says his agents are just getting started

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In the seven months since Thomas Homan was appointed to carry out President Trump's promises to crack down on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., he has been accused of abusing that power by targeting undocumented immigrants without criminal records.

So far, the data seems to back up those accusations, with the percentage of undocumented immigrants without a criminal record arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents increasing each month, from 18% in January to 30% in June.

But Homan, a 33-year law enforcement veteran who is the acting director of ICE, doesn't shy away from those numbers. In fact, he said they're only the start:  "You're going to continue to see an increase in that," Homan told USA TODAY during a visit to Miami on Wednesday.

KJ

August 20, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump Administration Terminates Protection Program for At-Risk Central American Children

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The Trump administration announced earlier this week that it was ending the CAM (Central American Minors) Parole Program, which had allowed certain children in Central America to enter the United States and be reunited with their legally residing parents. This is yet another example of the administration’s increasingly tough stance toward vulnerable immigrant children and is at odds with their recent crackdown on human smuggling.

The CAM program was first implemented by the Obama administration in December 2014 as a response to the uptick in violence facing Central Americans and served as an in-country processing program for minors. It sought to “provide a safe, legal and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey” that many children were taking attempting to reach safety in the United States. Thus the end of this program may lead to an increase in the number of children fleeing for their lives who fall into the hands of human traffickers.

KJ

August 20, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

DHS Inspector General Questions Need for 15000 More Border Enforcement Officers

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Immigration Impact reports on a governmental report questioning the need for the border enforcement officers proposed by President Trump in his January 2017 executive orders.  The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report calling into question the need for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents as outlined in President Trump’s January executive orders. The report noted that ICE and CBP had no operational plans to justify all these new hires or a plan on where and how to deploy the new staff once hired.

Here are the DHS Inspector General's findings:

"The Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are facing significant challenges in identifying, recruiting, hiring, and fielding the number of law enforcement officers mandated in the Executive Orders. Neither CBP nor ICE could provide complete data to support the operational need or deployment strategies for the additional 15,000 additional agents and officers they were directed to hire. Although DHS has established plans and initiated actions to begin an aggressive hiring surge, in recent years the Department and its components have encountered notable difficulties related to long hire times, proper allocation of staff, and the supply of human resources.
Proper workforce planning is needed to ensure correct staffing levels, ratios, and placements, and to guide targeted recruitment campaigns. Conversely, inadequate workforce planning will likely undermine the ability of CBP and ICE to achieve hiring mandates and perform mission essential duties and functions." 

KJ

August 20, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

Michael Grabell for NPR reports on how undocumented workers seeking to access insurance for work-related injuries have been subject to deportation.  Generally speaking, undocumented workers are eligible for workers' compensation.  But identity fraud and other means have been used to deport workers seeking benefits.

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Nixon Arias worked off and on for a Florida landscaping company for nine years before a legitimate injury at work resulted in his arrest, prosecution and deportation to Honduras. Courtesy of Nixon Arias

 Arias left three U.S. citizen children in the United States.

KJ

August 20, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fed’s Kaplan Says Immigration Key to U.S. Economy Beating China