Dayen’s Roundup from October 18, 2011

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 6:15 am

David Dayen’s New Roundup from Tuesday night, October 18, 2011. Stories on Israel/Palestine prisoner exchange, record deportations, Snowe, Tester, Liz Warren, James Kwak, Corray, and many more.

ICE Rounds Up Criminal Immigrants, While DoJ Undercuts Dream Act

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 1:25 pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced a roundup over the last week of nearly 3,000 alleged criminal immigrants from across the country. The action follows a recent order from the Department of Homeland Security to focus only on serious criminals in their deportation efforts. But why is the Department of Justice undermining the Dream Act?

Latino Activists Not Satisfied by New Deportation Order from White House, Still Pressing for Full Reform

By: Friday August 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Latino and immigration activists have staged mass walkouts of federal task force hearings over the Obama Administration’s immigration and deportation policies, including “Secure Communities.” This week that pressure had an impact, as the Administration revised its rules. But activist groups aren’t satisfied.

Notes on Civil Liberties

By: Friday August 19, 2011 4:45 am

Here’s the list or the latest civil liberties stories. Protests and civil disobedience against the Obama administration’s “Secure Communities” program have taken place all over the country, while protests and violence continue in the UK. Plus updates in wikileaks and much more.

Local Law Enforcement Says Secure Communities Harms Their Efforts

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 1:30 pm

A few people asked me why the Obama Administration is so dead-set on deporting hundreds of thousands of immigrants, when they have no hope of attracting the anti-immigrant crowd from a political standpoint. Rep. Luis Gutierrez explained that to me at Netroots Nation, and I think if more people understood this rationale you’d see even more outcry than you do now:

So why have there been so many deportations, more than under the Bush Administration? Gutierrez suggested that the White House feels they have a mandate from Congress to deport 400,000 people a year. Which means they’re literally breaking up families to fulfill a budgetary authority. Congress has expanded deportation systems and given DHS more money to deport. So the contractors have been paid, and now they have to be used. That’s how Secure Communities, a real cash cow for the contractors, was created. And that’s why they don’t want states dropping out. “The fastest-growing airline in the country is the one that flies around undocumented immigrants,” said Gutierrez. In the end, it comes down to money, for detention, information sharing and the mechanics of deportation.

Hundreds of Latinos Protest Record Deportations and Secure Communities Program in Los Angeles

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 7:30 am

Hundreds of immigrants rights advocates in Los Angeles staged a walkout during a federal task force field hearing about the Secure Communities program, blamed for the deportations of tens of thousands of non-citizens living peacefully in America. Activists implored the members of the task force to resign their post, and recommend that the Obama Administration end Secure Communities, before exiting the meeting to a chant of “we don’t need a hearing, we need to end the program.”

Push on Immigration Reform Not Incompatible with Executive Action, Reformers Say

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 2:50 pm

While I think that immigration reform groups are generally appreciative of having their message delivered in a high-profile way, they aren’t likely to wait while concrete steps could be taken by the Administration right now to improve the lives and standing of undocumented immigrants.

DREAM Act Chimera Looks Like the Beginning of 2012 Campaign Agenda

By: Monday December 27, 2010 6:30 pm

If Congress couldn’t pass the DREAM Act with its strongly Democratic makeup, the prospects for next year, with a Republican House and a less Democratic Senate, are dim. It may represent a second-term agenda item Obama can sell in his campaign, but it’s not a humane approach to immigration reform which is likely DOA as long as Republicans hold the House.

Obama Administration Set New Deportation Record to Appease GOP

By: Monday December 20, 2010 3:00 pm

In an effort to win GOP favor on immigration legislation in Congress, the Obama Administration stepped up ICE deportations of undocumented workers to record levels. More than 800,000 immigrants were moved out of the United States in just two years by President Obama to appease Republicans, according to the Washington Post.

Hispanic Voters Must Be the “Professional Left,” Too

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 1:50 pm

With the public’s approval ratings of Congress at near-historic lows and not budging, it’s hard to see how this could be the fault of a couple of bloggers nobody has heard of. More likely, it’s the result of constituencies who aren’t happy with symbolic gestures while the government’s priority is to battle for the dollars of big corporate donors.

According to Gallup, Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanics has dropped 20 points this year. They note that “the two major drops in Hispanics’ approval of Obama this year — in February and May — coincide with two periods when the president was under fire for not doing enough to promote comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.”

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