With the fiscal cliff behind us (for now), and the debate around immigration reform growing louder, I’ll continue to bring you the most insightful commentary from the immigration blogosphere every Monday. This week’s notable analyses include the ACLU’s piece illuminating the failings of the 287(g) program through the story of one county in Tennessee, and Immigration Impact’s article on an important Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision that protects family unity.
- In her piece for America’s Voice, “2012: Recap of an Amazing Year in Immigration,” Van Le recounts the many victories of the year for immigration activists, including, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Maryland DREAM Act, and the Supreme Court’s decision on SB 1070.
- Lindsey Key, writing for the ACLU, examines 287(g)’s psychological toll through the lens of a family that moved rather than speak to the police after receiving threats, in “The Consequences and Cost of a 287(g) Jail Agreement: One Tennessee County’s Story.”
- Annie-Rose Strasser of Think Progress’s commentary, “Arizona Losing Millions as a Result of Anti-Immigration Law,” argues that SB 1070 has seriously stunted economic growth in the state, as businesses and convention groups are avoiding the state due to its harsh legislation.
- In a post for Immigration Impact, “DHS Publishes New Provisional Waiver to Help Some Families Stay Together,” Mary Giovagnoli breaks the news of new DHS procedures easing family reunification efforts, but warns of the limitations of the decision.
Please don’t hesitate to email me if you enjoyed this week’s Top Picks and have thoughts for more posts in the weeks to come. I look forward to continuing to bring you the best content from the immigration blogosphere every Monday.