• California: Sheriff's Department No Longer Checking the Immigration Status of Inmates, Cancels Agreement With ICE

    December 30, 2017 03:42:am

    -- by Alma Fausto and Roxana Kopetman, The Orange County Register:

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday halted a program that allowed deputies to act as immigration agents.

    Looking to comply with a new state law taking effect on Jan. 1, deputies no longer screen inmates for their immigration status or alert federal officials that they’re in custody.

    Sheriff Sandra Hutchens opposed what some called the “sanctuary state” legislation, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October.

    “This is going to limit local control and put a lot of responsibility on the federal government,” said Ray Grangoff, a sheriff’s spokesman. “The sheriff is going to exercise her discretion to cooperate with federal law enforcement as much as the law allows.”

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  • Trump Sends Fewer Mexicans Home Despite Deportation Talk

    December 28, 2017 16:15:pm

    -- by Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg:

    President Donald Trump sent 26 percent fewer Mexicans back home this year through November than Barack Obama did in the same period in 2016, despite vows to crack down on illegal immigration, Mexican government data show.

    About 152,000 Mexican nationals were repatriated from the U.S. between January and November, according to data from Mexico’s Interior Ministry that were first reported by Milenio newspaper. That compares with just under 205,000 in the first 11 months of 2016.

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  • The 'Despacito' effect: The year Latino music broke the charts

    December 26, 2017 16:29:pm

    - by Marisa Arbona-Ruiz, NBC News:

    It was a cultural moment in a year of swift changes.

    Much like the #MeToo movement brought attention to the sexual harassment of women, “Despacito” and later “Mi Gente” brought into clear view Latino artists' rising influence in the American and music scene.

    With staggering numbers, both the Spanglish “Despacito” by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and “Mi Gente” by Colombian-born J Balvin and French artist Willy Williams in full-on español, hit #1 on Spotify’s most streamed songs worldwide.

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  • McConnell Pledges Immigration Vote in January - if Deal is Reached First

    December 21, 2017 17:13:pm

    -- by Tal Kopan, CNN:

    The Senate will hold a vote on immigration legislation, including whether to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, next month, but only if lawmakers can reach a deal before the end of January, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

    "There are bipartisan discussions in the Senate, involving the administration, about improving border security, interior enforcement and reforming important parts of our broken immigration system, including addressing the unlawfully established Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program," McConnell said in a statement.

    "If negotiators reach an agreement on these matters by the end of January, I will bring it to the Senate floor for a free-standing vote," he said.

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  • Puerto Rico Governor Orders Review of Death Count after Hurricane Maria

    December 18, 2017 19:47:pm

    -- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News,

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Monday said the deaths related to Hurricane Maria "may be higher" than the official count of 64 and ordered a review of all deaths since the hurricane.

    Roselló made the order to the Puerto Rico Demographic Registry, which is the island's vital statistics bureau, and to the Department of Public Safety following investigative media reports on the death toll and after residents claiming deaths of their loved ones were caused by Maria.

    Rosselló said in a statement he wants a "thorough review and inspection of all deaths that have taken place since Hurricane Maria hit, regardless of what the death certificate says." The governor also said he'd create an expert panel to review the island's death certification process.

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  • Court Again Finds Intentional Racial Discrimination in Texas Voting Rights Case

    April 20, 2017 21:15:pm

    -- by Tierney Sneed, TPM:

    A divided 3-judge panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that the Texas legislature in 2011 drew its state house districts with the intention of diluting minority voters.

    “With regard to the intentional vote dilution claims under § 2 and the Fourteenth Amendment, the Court finds that Plaintiffs proved their claims in El Paso County (HD78), Bexar County (HD117), Nueces County (the elimination of HD33 and the configuration of HD32 and HD34), HD41 in the Valley, Harris County, western Dallas County (HD103, HD104, and HD105), Tarrant County (HD90, HD93), Bell County (HD54), and with regard to Plan H283 as a whole,” the two-to-one decision, issued from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, said.

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  • ICE Immigration Arrests of Non-Criminals Double Under Trump

    April 17, 2017 00:23:am

    -- by Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post:

    Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of the Trumpadministration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year, according to statistics requested by The Washington Post.

    Arrestsof immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, the clearest sign yet that President Trump has ditched his predecessor’s protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

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  • The Money and Charity Behind the Anti-Immigration Cabal

    April 14, 2017 22:30:pm

    An increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids around the country and the recent White House executive order on immigration has kept immigration at the forefront of national debate. With far too much regularity, we hear reports of ICE stakeouts at church homeless shelters or of the Dreamer, whose DACA status had expired, but nonetheless spoke out on behalf of undocumented immigrants and was taken into custody by ICE raids.

    These recent happenings have incited fear among members of the Latino community and other communities of immigrants. As we have said before, “our leaders must welcome the immigrants who have made their way here — not just for humanitarian reasons but for economic ones too.”

    The Trump Administration has given a national platform to the alt-right’s hateful immigration agenda, and mobilized this audience with one dog whistle after another. The leaders of these organizations admit that they have only recently been given a seat at the table, despite many years of advocating their views and building their operation. In fact, Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, gleefully highlighted his organization’s newfound status under the Trump Administration saying, “we have been in the wilderness for 20 years under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations.  It doesn’t matter the party.  And yes, now we are in the room.”

    In a recent Atlanta Daily World article, Hazel Trice Edney notes that the Trump Administration’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, its continued advocacy for a southern border wall, and its attempts to implement a Muslim travel ban have all been applauded by right-wing hate groups such as NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Center for Immigration Studies (CSIS) who “make up the network that lay the foundation for this vitriolic movement.”

    Over the last decade, these extreme anti-immigration groups have received a staggering $20 million from the Foundation for the Carolinas, an organization run by individuals such as Fred Stanback, a wealthy North Carolina octogenarian who has been plotting a population control, pro-white agenda. In 2015 alone, Roy Beck’s NumbersUSA received $3 million from the Foundation, according to its tax records.

    The Foundation has been quick to deny responsibility for its ties to these organizations. In a subsequent article, Edney details an attempt by the Foundation to distance itself from the grants.

    The Foundation’s funding has been virtually unreported before now because individual donations are typically buried in tax filings alongside contributions to organizations engaged in publicly recognized civic projects such as the YWCA Youth Learning Center and the Carolina Opera.

    It’s time for organizations like the Foundations for the Carolinas to cut off their ties to Stanback and other extremist donors by refusing to fund these anti-immigration, hate-mongering groups.

  • 1500 Economists Tell Trump, Lawmakers to "Modernize Our Immigration System."

    April 14, 2017 11:20:am

    -- by Andrew Sourgel, US News & World Report

    A group of nearly 1,500 economists and experts – including a half-dozen Nobel laureates and a cadre of high-ranking officials from previous presidential administrations – wrote to leaders of Congress and President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterating the value of immigrants to the U.S. economy and pushing for lawmakers to "modernize" the country's immigration system.

    The letter, coordinated by the right-leaning American Action Forum and New American Economy advocacy groups, featured a bipartisan smorgasbord of signatures, including economic advisers and officials who previously worked under former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

    "Some of us favor free markets while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy," the letter reads. "But on some issues there is near universal agreement. One such issue concerns the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring."

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  • The Hispanic Institute's Statement on President Barack Obama's Executive Order on Immigration Policy

    March 28, 2017 01:25:am

    For Immediate Release

    We are more than pleased that the President has taken this incremental move toward fairness and justice in immigration policy.  While we hoped this administration would have acted much earlier, thus sparing pain for countless hard-working families who were dedicated to helping this nation and its residents make a better life, we applaud his determination and encourage him in the battle that lies ahead.

    In that vein we welcome the dialogue that this action will provoke.  But let us not forget that in terms of constitutional authority this administration has already used executive power to deport two million undocumented immigrants.  The Republican opposition will not talk about those deportations because it demonstrates that the President has already done exactly what they have asked.  This executive action is a sorely needed corrective measure.

    We expect that the order will arouse some not-so-kind sentiments towards immigrants.  However, in the end we believe "better angels" will prevail.


    Contact: XiNomara Velazquez: (202) 544-8294xinomara@thehispanicinstitute.net