We have had a really exciting week with the launch of our new site (we are overwhelmed by the positive response we have received from the site and thank everyone for their emails!) and DREAMFEST – an event we co-sponsored with our friends from NYSYLC (pictures to follow soon)! It has also been a very exciting week for immigration, with the president and top elected officials pushing more strongly for immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency for the 11 million+ undocumented immigrants in the United States currently. Here are some of the top immigration stories from the past week:
- President Obama plans to push Congress to act on a “comprehensive overhaul” of the immigration system within the next few months, keying in on a pathway to citizenship/permanent residency.
- Confusingly enough, the President confirmed last week that it had “extended agreements” allowing law enforcement agencies in four Georgia counties to continue to participate in the 287(g) program – a program (much like the Safe Communities program) allows state la enforcement to act as an arm of immigration enforcement.
- Immigration activist Erika Andiola made national headlines yesterday after her house was raided by ICE and her mother and brother were detained.
- The Migration Policy Institute found in an extensive study that the government spent $18 billion (yes, that is billion with a B) on immigration enforcement in the past year.
- Illinois has voted to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for Driver’s Licenses and permits.
- Immigration proponents push President Obama to focus on reform as costs to delay rise.