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  1. Honda associate issued a Citation for Violating Alabama Immigration Law

    by , 12-01-2011 at 05:19 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It looks like Alabama is fighting World War II all over again.  Last week a German Mercedes-Benz executive was detained for violating Alabama's immigration law, and now this week a Japanese Honda associate has been cited.  
    The Alabama law requires police officers to detain individuals that are unable to prove that they are in the United States legally.  Papers, Please.
    The charges against Detlev Hager from Mercedes have now been dropped.  I wonder if the unnamed Honda associate will be as lucky.
    Reuters reports that Honda has invested $1.4 billion in the State of Alabama, producing 300,000 vehicles per year, and employs 4,000 people.  And yes, that was billion with a B.
    Take note Honda: Alabama wants your $1.4 billion, just not your foreign nationals.
    Click here for more of the story.
  2. GAO Pans USCIS Transformation Efforts

    by , 11-30-2011 at 05:06 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Transformation is the self-designated term for USCIS' efforts to move its processes online. A lot of the ideas are good, but many are worrying and the process by which they've been implementing the changes have garnered a lot of criticism from stakeholders who receive information on what USCIS is planning but cannot realistically be called collaborators in the process.
    Now those efforts are the subject of a harsh report from the General Accounting Office which accuses the agency of mismanaging nearly $2 billion in funds designed to underwrite automation efforts. Nextgov reports on the findings and also tells the very troubling story of a senior USCIS official who tried to blow the whistle but ended up pushed out as a result.
  3. Alabama Business Leader: New Law is Hurting Us

    by , 11-30-2011 at 04:48 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    A reality check for Alabama lawmakers:

    Win Hallett, the [Mobile] chamber's president and chief executive officer, said the controversy surrounding the law has become an impediment to local job recruiting efforts.
    'I can tell you that in economic development, it is a very rough-and-tumble game. And to think that our competitors are not beating us over the head with this would just be folly,' Hallett said in his closing remarks to the audience. 'They are, and it's hurting us.'

    Alabama lawmakers were warned about this when the bill was being debated and didn't care. They still don't.
  4. Another Republican Leader Warns Candidates on Immigration

    by , 11-30-2011 at 04:26 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    From CSM:

    Republican candidates need to watch the tone of their comments about immigration to avoid hurting their party, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, chair of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC that works to elect Republicans to the House.
    "It is not the debate, it is the tone of the debate and some of the voices that have been out there that I don't think have been very helpful," Mr. Coleman said at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters.

    But this is really missing the point. The tone is covering up the real problem which is that the GOP is overwhelmingly an anti-immigration party. And I'm not just talking about illegal immigration bills. The GOP has given the House Immigration Subcomittee leadership to Lamar Smith who is opposing any increases in green card numbers in any category and is blocking many temporary immigration bills. And that committee is stacked with Republicans who think the same way. As for the DREAM Act, AgJobs and the rest, the GOP almost uniformly opposes all of those measures and those that are willing to moderate their positions are hounded by their fellow party members.
    The public is not stupid. Saying you love immigrants and calling the country an immigrant nation doesn't cover up a terrible voting record. If the GOP wants to win pro-immigration voters, they have to actually become pro-immigration and not just tone down the hate.
  5. Steve King, You Stay Classy

    by , 11-30-2011 at 03:18 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    From today's Huffpost Hill e-newsletter:

    STEVE KING TO LEGAL IMMIGRANT: YOU SURE? YOU SURE? YOU SURE? YOU SURE??? - Elise Foley: "Steve King got all Steve King-y at an immigration subcommittee hearing when he asked a witness, a law enforcement expert, for information on how he immigrated to the United States. 'You said you're likely the only immigrant on the panel,' King said. 'I wonder if you could tell us how was it you were inspired to come to the United States.' Arturo Venegas, a former Sacramento police chief, responded by telling King his U.S.-born mother brought him to the states after he was born in Mexico. 'Can you just tell us what year and what visa, then, Mr. Venegas?' Venegas answered that he came in 1958, although he was unsure of the visa type. "But I am a U.S. citizen," he added. King: 'I congratulate you on that.' King then moved onto the next question."

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