If President Obama wanted to reassure voters that he would respect enforcement of the law, choosing the month before the election to stop successful local enforcement measures like 287(g) is the wrong way to do so. Secure Communities does valuable work, but as a screening program it is not proactive but reactive.
LA ID Card Passes City Council
“A plan to provide illegal immigrants with an official city ID card easily won a key vote Tuesday when members of a Los Angeles City Council committee agreed to solicit bids for a third-party vendor to handle the program. Councilman Ed Reyes, a member of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, said it’s ‘about time’ that L.A. residents, regardless of immigration status, have the ability to easily open bank accounts and access city services,” the LA Times reports.
“‘It is clearly an accommodation,’ said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group critical of illegal immigration. ‘Los Angeles is making it easier for people who have violated federal immigration laws to live in the city.’”
Romney, Obama Discuss Immigration at Debate
“President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney sparred over immigration policy on Tuesday for the first time during the course of their debates, and the sparks did fly,” says Univision/ABC.
“Obama raked Romney over the coals for the tough positions he adopted earlier in the campaign. Romney tried to soften his hardliner image, but stuck to many of the conservative policies he adopted during the primaries. He also tried holding the president to account over his pledge to pass a comprehensive reform bill in his first term.”
“Speaking for the topic in front of the largest TV audience he has faced yet, Romney framed himself as a problem solver who could accomplish what Obama could not in his first term: a comprehensive immigration reform bill.”
Cuba Changes Exit Permissions
“Cuba will scrap much-reviled travel restrictions starting in January, making it easier for its citizens to leave the communist-ruled island in the first major reform to its migration policies in half a century. The changes reverse tough restrictions imposed in 1961 when the government tried to put the brakes on a mass migration of people fleeing after the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power,” Reuters reports.
“Now, most Cubans will only have to show their passports, national identity cards and, if needed, a visa from the country they will visit to go abroad, deputy immigration chief Colonel Lamberto Fraga told reporters. In theory, the changes should make it easier for Cubans not only to travel but to work abroad and return home when they want.”