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  1. GOP Standing With Hispanics Grows Worse

    by , 10-02-2013 at 02:31 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The NY Times reports on a new Public Religion Research Institute poll showing 6 in 10 Hispanics saying they have grown closer to the Democratic Party than in the past. 48% had negative opinions of the Republican Party compared to 22% for Democrats. Republicans hoping that immigration was just one on a list of issues of importance that might be overlooked by people otherwise supportive will be disappointed. Hispanics told pollsters that they were much more likely to vote for candidates based on immigration than on other issues.

    Of course, this should not really be news to Republicans. The drubbing at the polls was due to many factors but certainly much can be attributed to the one-two punch of performing worse than ever with Hispanics and having a million more of them voting than in 2008. Expect that number to grow by another million by 2016 which means Republicans will need to perform much better with Hispanics just to tread water.
  2. House Democrats Tee Up Their Own Comprehensive Immigration Bill

    by , 10-02-2013 at 01:10 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    I don't have the text yet (and am not sure it's even out), but I can tell you what is basically in the House Democrats' immigration bill just released with a big press briefing. In short, it's the Senate bill minus the Corker-Hoeven border surge amendment (the $40 billion overkill provision that calls for a border patrol agent every 1000 feet along the border) and plus the unanimously approved House Homeland Security Committee border bill.

    The Democrats are trying to sell this as a bipartisan bill and it is. The Senate bill was the product of the bipartisan Gang of Eight and half of the Senate's Republicans voted for it. And the border security language is now the product of the Republican controlled House.

    But don't expect the Republicans to take this bill up - at least not anytime soon. Later this month after the budget distractions are over, the House Republicans are planning to start moving their own individual bills. If they fail, then who knows what's possible. But for now, I think the Democrats' bill is designed to keep pressure on the Republicans to keep moving on immigration reform.
  3. CNN Report: 'Deportation a humanitarian crisis'

    by , 10-02-2013 at 09:50 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
  4. Only One in Nine ICE Detainers Target Individuals Posing a Serious Threat to Safety

    by , 10-02-2013 at 08:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Syracuse University's TRAC immigration reports the following:

    Despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) setting new, stricter detainer guidelines last December, very recent government data reveal that six months later fewer than one in nine (10.8 percent) of the ICE detainers met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security.

    Further, only slightly more than a third (38 percent) of the individuals against whom detainers were issued had any record of a criminal conviction, including minor traffic violations. If traffic violations (including DWI) and marijuana possession violations are excluded, then only one-quarter (26 percent) of the individuals against whom detainers were issued had any conviction. See Figure 1 and compare with a similar chart showing patterns before the guidelines went into effect.

    TRAC also determined that not only are enforcement guidelines being ignored, they are actually trending in the wrong direction:
    TRAC's analysis of the new data reveals that little has changed (see Table 1). Before the new policy was issued, slightly more than half of detainers were placed on individuals convicted of some crime, however minor. Now decidedly fewer are turning up with any conviction record.

    Before the new policy was announced, 14 percent of all detainers had been placed against those convicted of committing offenses identified as ICE's highest — Level 1 — priority. After the new policy, that number had acually dropped to between 10 and 12 percent.

    Click here to read the full report.
  5. 7 of the DREAM 30 Released

    by , 10-02-2013 at 07:45 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that 7 of the DREAM 30 have been released from custody.

    From Colorlines:

    "Elsy Núñez, originally from Honduras, and her four-year-old daughter Valeria, who is a U.S. citizen, were released late Monday—just hours after the action in Laredo, Texas. Since then, Javier Galvan, 16, and his father Javier Calderon were released; Jessica Gallegos, 16, and her sister Ingrid Gallegos, 13, were released with their mother Victoria Reyes; and Brandow Gonzalez, 15, and his mother, were released. That leaves only one minor—Luis Lopez Rivera, 17—in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody. NIYA organizer Mohammad Abdollahi says that officials have indicated Lopez Rivera will be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement; CBP declined to comment on the case."

    I'll keep you posted as new information becomes available.
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