Immigration Headlines – Feb 17, 2016

Pope Visits Border During Mexico Trip

“Pope Francis is finishing his six-day trip to Mexico on Wednesday, with his final stop at Ciudad Juárez, at the border with the United States. He will not step into the United States, but he will certainly step directly into the angry American political debate about immigration. Which is exactly what he wants,” the New York Times says.

Denying the Obvious

“[T]here’s nothing inevitable about the arrival of foreigners leading to extremist violence, as a new academic study shows,” the Washington Post says.

“The paper — ‘Does Immigration Induce Terrorism?’ — was published this week in the University of Chicago’s Journal of Politics. As a precis of the study explains, the researchers gauged the level of risk using three decades worth of ‘data on migration inflows from the World Bank, weighted by the number of terrorist attacks in the country of origin of the immigrants.’”

Judge Says Asylum Process Constitutional

“A federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday rejected a request by dozens of undocumented immigrant mothers and children to declare part of the asylum process unconstitutional, a step that clears the way for their deportation to Central America,” says.

“In a case that advocates say could end up before the Supreme Court, U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond declared that the expedited review process that led to their expulsions was not unconstitutional and that such removal decisions are an executive branch prerogative not subject to federal court oversight.”

Protest Against Deportations Blocks Traffic

“Protestors took to the streets in downtown Chicago early Tuesday in an anti-deportation rally organizers say will not stop until Latino families are allowed to live in peace,” reports.

“Demonstrators blocked traffic for more than an hour, along the busy Congress Parkway at LaSalle Street, resulting in the arrests of at least 12 protesters. ’We had a civil disobedience protest and those demonstrations will continue as long as we are the targets of immigration officials,’ Not1More Deportation activist Rosi Carrasco told Latin Post in a phone interview. ‘We were organized to do action because every single day in Chicago and across America we have seen deportations.’”

Any Act of Enforcing Immigration Law Will Be Protested

“Reynold Garcia was attending church services in suburban Illinois last month when agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement tricked him into exiting the building so that they could arrest and deport him. The agents reportedly pretended to be Garcia’s cousin, sending text messages from her cellphone indicating that she had been in a car accident. Then an agent pretending to be a police officer called Garcia to ask that he come help file an incident report, so he stepped outside,” says.

“When Garcia went outside, the agents — attired in vests that read “POLICE” — led him to an unmarked vehicle and then revealed that they were with ICE.”

Detainer Requests Fall

“With a $6 billion budget and more than 20,000 employees, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stands poised to seize and deport immigrants — undocumented or not — who commit serious crimes in the United States. Provided someone else catches them,” the Texas Tribune wrote.

“In its latest incarnation, the detainer is reserved for the most serious convicted immigrant criminals. This new, narrower restriction, imposed in November 2014, has caused the number of detainers to drop. As of October 2015, the latest monthly figure available, 7,117 detainers were issued. That’s down from an all-time monthly high of 27,755 in August 2011, according to voluminous Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.”

Arizona Bills Target Sanctuary Policies

“As expected with a Republican-controlled Legislature, some bills are sailing through, mobilizing pro-immigrant groups, Democratic state legislators and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” complains Elvia Diaz at

“On Monday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 1017, which limits the ability of cities to issue an ID card to residents. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Sen. John Kavanagh, is aimed at stopping Phoenix from issuing ID cards to undocumented immigrants.”

Wisconsin Dairies Push for Amnesty

“A rally in Madison could hurt a economic stable in Wisconsin. ‘Dia Sin Latinos’ or ‘Day Without Latinos.’ Latinos in the area will be closing businesses and missing work that day to rally in Madison against two bills,” says.

“Assembly Bill 450 would prohibit the creation of ‘sanctuary cities’ for undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin, while penalizing cities that block police from inquiring about one’s immigration status.”


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  1. avatar Leland says:

    It’s amazing how being here illegally has become a civil rights issue. Like the story above about how demonstrators say they “will not stop until Latino families are allowed to live in peace.” The fact is, you already are, either in the country you left, or this one if you came here with permission. “Our families deserve justice”, proclaim signs in the linked story. Sure, but their idea of “justice” is that they be allowed to ignore the laws the rest of us are required to abide by. Truly a through-the-looking-glass mindset.

    A question I never see addressed, but is entirely appropriate, is why do we think it’s a good idea to hand citizenship in this country, something prized around the world, to people who feel none of the rules apply to them. Including stealing your identity and using it to work.

    • avatar No Change says:

      “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice”

      Abraham Lincoln

      That is phrase that is only understood truly by Americans as a way of life and in their genes.

      A type of wisdom that has been lost and this who do to have that always were a thorn to the progress and future of this land.

      • avatar No Change says:

        That is a phrase that is only understood truly by Americans as a way of life and in their genes…..or those who have come recently with the same goal in life……

        A type of wisdom that has been lost and those who do not have it that always were a thorn to the progress and future of this land…………