Thursday will mark the anniversary of a federal program that has benefited numerous undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as children. Called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program allows them to legally work and stay here temporarily without fear of deportation.
There is a hitch, however. Martin Enrique mailed his forms nine days after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began taking DACA applications. A year later he is terribly discouraged. In June, a USCIS officer told him that the agency’s remaining step was to make the decision. Yet every inquiry he has submitted comes back saying his application is pending. Understandably, Martin is tired of waiting.Read more
JULY 31, 2013
Illegal entry from Mexico into the US may be down overall, but the South Texas Rio Grande Valley is its own story. That stretch of border is closest to Central America, where extreme levels of violence and poverty are pushing people out. An unprecedented number of migrants are now being intercepted by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol. And what happens to them next is causing concern among their advocates.Read more
MIAMI | Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:15pm EDT
By David Adams
(Reuters) – Federal immigration officials in south Florida are failing to abide by an Obama administration directive to focus deportation efforts on dangerous criminals, according to a report Monday by a Miami-based immigration advocacy group and researchers from a Florida university.Read more
April 15, 2013 5:24 PM
Reporting: Gary Nelson
MIAMI (CBS4) – Star power and hard facts were wielded in South Florida Monday to slam a controversial immigrant deportation program. Operation “Secure Communities” is supposed to rid cities and towns of violent criminals.
Opponents, though, say the government is spending a fortune to round up and deport nickel and dime offenders.Read more
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released “several hundred” immigrants from detention facilities across the United States late last month in an effort to stay within its budget amid “fiscal uncertainty” related to the so-called sequester. More immigrants are expected to be freed soon. This is a good thing: The agency detains about 400,000 men, women and children per year, most of whom pose no threat to the United States.Read more
Lawyer for immigrants says his clients suffered in a bed-less, toilet-less cell agents called the “icebox,” with their fingers and lips turning blue and their skin cracking from the cold.Read more
MIAMI — Though fast becoming a national spokesman for immigration reform, when Julián Castro addressed activists, their benefactors and so-called DREAMers here Thursday night, he made a plea to fix a broken system as the mayor of a city where undocumented immigrants exist in the shadows.Read more
MIAMI | Sun Feb 24, 2013
By Alphonso Chardy
Each year, the Miami-based Americans for Immigrant Justice generally honors immigrants who succeed in winning asylum or a green card against all odds.
Things will be a little different this time.Read more
A pesar de persistir las dudas, muchos abogados e inmigrantes indocumentados acogieron positivamente el borrador bipartidista para una amplia reforma inmigratoria.
Carlos Roa celebrated this summer when the Obama administration announced a new program to defer deportation for young undocumented immigrants.
But two months into the program, the 25-year-old activist has yet to apply.Read more