Although ICE’s Secure Communities initiative claims to prioritize “the removal of criminal aliens, those who pose a threat to public safety, and repeat immigration violators,” recent national reports by PBS Frontline and the Applied Research Center (ARC) indicate that most immigrants taken into ICE custody have no serious criminal history—and, moreover, that a growing number are parents with dependent children.
- The Supreme Court announced that it would begin hearing arguments about state immigration laws in April, beginning with Arizona law SB1070, the first in a series of state laws targeting undocumented immigrants. Justice Elena Kagan is recusing herself from hearing the arguments about Arizona’s immigration law on account of filing a lawsuit against Arizona during her tenure as solicitor general.
- Alabama’s attorney general, Luther Strange, recommends the state legislature repeal some parts of the state’s new law until federal courts clarify states’ roles in setting immigration policy.
- With a new training program for lawyers and enforcement officials, The Department of Homeland Security hopes to speed up deportations of criminals and suspend deportations of undocumented immigrants without a criminal record. Read more…