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641412/7: This Week in Immigration: Children Demand Immigration Reform

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    Dec 6, 2013


      From the Mouths of Babes: Children Demand Immigration Reform 
      http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=LgpUhIaN22n7vWHhbCmPsVCfkPwqNm5+Families across the U.S. are facing the holidays separated from mothers, fathers, and siblings due to deportations and years-long waits for visas. Children—some of whose parents are undocumented immigrants—have taken to the halls of Congress this week to go to congressional offices, meet with members, and ask them to support immigration reform so that their families won’t be separated. 

      Local Officials Improve Immigration Enforcement Policies as Congress Fails to Act
      http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=AVTb6Y2mBuAIrGIUo2RJrFCfkPwqNm5+The county council in King County, Washington, decided this week that local law enforcement officials will stop honoring federal immigration agents’ requests to detain immigrants who are arrested for low-level crimes. They voted 5-4 for the new policy on Monday, and supporters hope the change “will build trust between local police and immigrants who don’t report crimes for fear they or a family member will be deported,” according to the Seattle Times.

      The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too
      http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=V6huxuoacWsTOgYALwaQflCfkPwqNm5+The punishment should fit the crime. That maxim is as old as law itself, dating at least as far back as the Old Testament and Hammurabi’s Code. So what does proportionality have to say when the government tries to deport a lawful permanent resident who, a decade ago, shoplifted $200 worth of merchandise from a department store? Right now, astonishingly, nothing.

      ‘Fast 4 Families’ Moves to Next Phase as New Fasters Take the Mantle
      http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=lYiWTvf9E5tKbw+EokCtolCfkPwqNm5+On the National Mall today, the four core fasters leading the “Fast 4 Families” ordained new fasters and ended their 22-day, water-only fast. Members of Congress, the faith community and civil and immigrant rights groups turned out to witness the four fasters passing the baton over to others who will continue the fast until House Speaker John Boehner schedules a vote on immigration reform.

      Will New USCIS Memos Confuse House Judiciary Committee Again?
      http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=oEmaMyhUeuCCO4veyGSwKD8kWyj87T36One of the significant lessons of 2013 is that good immigration policy matters to the American public.  It’s unfortunate, then, that the House Judiciary Committee is choosing to end its year focusing not on immigration reform, but on how best to take the President to task for making use of executive authority.

      This Week at the American Immigration Council



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