Local immigration enforcement has driven immigrants to different parts of the United States, but generally not out of the country, according to a working paper being circulated by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The exception is Maricopa County, Ariz., home to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's controversial immigration enforcement tactics.
Some allegations by immigrants in detention that they had been sexually assaulted were not passed along to Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters as required.
Plaintiffs who challenged an Alabama immigration law reached a settlement with the state Oct. 29 that permanently blocks parts of the law. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found several provisions unconstitutional in two rulings in August 2012. The law, known as HB 56, was signed into law in 2011.
Views among Latinos of the impact of illegal immigration on their community have grown more favorable since 2010, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Nearly half of Latinos said illegal immigration had a positive impact on their community in 2013, up from 29 percent in 2010, but still below the 50 percent who said so in a 2007 Pew survey.
"We're not introducing the perfect bill," said Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), the bill's sponsor, at a press conference Oct. 2. "We're introducing a comprehensive reform bill that provides that space for compromise." The House bill (H.R. 15) removes the Senate bill's Hoeven-Corker 'border surge' amendment, which would add 20,000 Border Patrol agents to the southwestern border.
The U.S. district court in Arizona takes pleas en masse for individuals charged with illegally entering the country under Operation Streamline, a federal program that speeds up the prosecution of the large number of individuals who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. But during a group proceeding in 2009, the court failed to determine that each defendant understood his or her rights, in violation of federal law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit says.
The California State Assembly passed a bill Sept. 12 to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has said he will sign it.
ICE issued a memo Sept. 4 that outlines new procedures to automatically review solitary confinement cases, whether detainees are separated for protection or punishment. Whenever detainees are held in solitary confinement for more than 14 days in any 21 day period or for more than 30 consecutive days, field office directors have to submit a written report to ICE headquarters on their findings and any actions taken.
A multinational company can transfer an employee from a foreign office to a U.S. office on an L-1 visa if the employee serves in a managerial or executive role, or if the employee has specialized knowledge. But the term "specialized knowledge" is highly subjective, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers.
In what appears to be a growing trend nationwide, King County, Wash. is the latest local government to consider no longer complying with routine Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, as reported by the Seattle Times.