Rep. Steve King has been threatening to sue the Obama Administration over their new directive to stop deportation proceedings and instead offer work permits to DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants. King continued that threat yesterday.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 15, 2012 1:35 pm|
President Obama outlined his decision on immigration policy today, granting relief and work permits for approximately 800,000 “DREAMers” brought to America as children. And in the middle of his announcement, Neil Munro, a writer for the right-wing Daily Caller, interrupted the President and asked him why he was taking the side of foreigners over Americans.
As President Obama laid this out today, it became clear that opposition to the DREAM Act is rooted in basically bullying or misplaced anger, which became evident with Munro’s interruption.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 15, 2012 7:54 am|
The Department of Homeland Security will grant immunity from deportation to so-called “DREAMers,” undocumented immigrants brought to America as children, and give them work permits to stay in the country.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 13, 2012 8:20 am|
The Obama Administration proposed last year to reform deportation reviews to help 300,000 undocumented immigrants currently in the deportation system get a fair shake. Only threats to public safety or repeat offenders would get deported, and those contributing to society, particularly the DREAM students who know nowhere else as a homeland, would be spared. This is not happening.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 24, 2012 3:40 pm|
During the debate last night, Mitt Romney offered up the idea of “self-deportation”, which sounds like something you shouldn’t do because you’ll go blind, but which actually just describes the idea of making life completely miserable for immigrants so they’ll give up on America and go home.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:40 am|
The White House announced that Cecilia Muñoz, currently the director of intergovernmental affairs, will become the director of the Domestic Policy Council, replacing Melody Barnes. It’s a strange choice, because she’s caught up in the controversy over the Secure Communities program, which has near-universal condemnation in the Hispanic community.
|By: David Dayen Sunday January 8, 2012 1:15 pm|
In potentially good news on the immigration front, the Obama Administration will change the rules for immigrants who apply for legal status. They will allow children and spouses of US citizens applying for legal status to go through the process while staying in the country, rather than the current rule, where the applicant has to leave the country while requesting the waiver.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 4, 2012 1:00 pm|
If you want to understand why the Obama Administration should have some concern about Latino voter turnout in 2012, it’s partly because under his Administration, ICE keeps rounding up American citizens, misidentifying them, and wrongly deporting them.
|By: David Dayen Thursday October 20, 2011 12:30 pm|
This deportation review is unlikely to stop the record level of deportations, which hit 400,000 last year. Obama Administration official Cecilia Munoz admitted on a Frontline documentary this week that “As long as Congress gives us the money to deport 400,000 people a year, that’s what the administration is going to do.”
That’s a pretty shocking admission.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 19, 2011 9:30 am|
The news that the Obama Administration deported 400,000 undocumented immigrants in the last fiscal year, setting another record, did not come as welcome news to immigration advocates. The Administration claims there is new focus on just criminals, but what do they define as “criminal”?