Immigrant Rights News - Friday, August 14, 2009
4. New York Times: Napolitano Focuses on Immigration Enforcement
Obama Vows to Focus on Borders
But Immigration Action Won't Come Until 2010
By Cheryl W. Thompson and William Booth
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The president said he expects draft legislation and sponsors by the end of the year, but no action until 2010 because of more pressing issues, including health-care reform, energy legislation and financial regulatory changes. […]
American-Statesman (Austin )
T. Don Hutto detention center united diverse group in protest
Group's efforts helped lead to an overhaul of nation's immigrant detention policies.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
When she first set foot in the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center in
"It was shocking,"
Last week, three years and three months after the Hutto detention center opened, the Obama administration announced it will stop holding families there as it looks for alternatives to prison cells for some immigration law violators as part of an overhaul of the nation's immigration detention system.
Los Angeles Times
The heated issue inflames a court case, in which an
By Ashley Powers
August 13, 2009
Walt Staton wanted to help people, and his tool was a water jug. On the morning of Dec. 4, he and three others drove southwest from
But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the plastic jugs he left for the immigrants endanger wildlife, and this week Staton was sentenced in federal court in
New York Times
August 12, 2009
Napolitano Focuses on Immigration Enforcement
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
EL PASO — A day after President Obama announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws would have to wait until next year, the secretary of homeland security played down the need for change in a speech here and took a tough stance on enforcing current immigration laws. […]
But Ms. Napolitano argued that the Obama administration had changed Mr. Bush’s programs in critical ways, such as putting an emphasis on deporting criminals and holding more employers responsible for hiring illegal workers.
“But border security will not itself stop illegal entrants into our country,” Ms. Napolitano said. “Our border strategy must be combined with better enforcement of the immigration laws within the
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