HEADLINES: Immigration

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The deportation program Secure Communities that is central to the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy has led disproportionately to the removal of Latino immigrants and to arrests by immigration authorities of hundreds of United States citizens, according to a report by two law schools using new, in-depth official data on deportation cases. The report, released on Wednesday, is the first analysis of deportations under the Secure Communities program based on data about individual cases, which was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The report found that 93 percent of immigrants arrested under Secure Communities were Latinos, although Latino immigrants are about three-quarters of the illegal immigrants in the United States. [NYTimes]

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, PBS Frontline released a documentary covering the controversial “get-tough” immigration policy of the Obama administration. The documentary examines the boom in immigration detention in the last twenty years, as well as the realities that immigrants face in detention centers. The investigation revealed a number of cases across the country of abuse in detention centers, and in the repeated attempts in one facility to cover up the abuse.  The documentary examined the structure of laws and policies that determine the present-day climate with officials inside the Obama administration and also experts in issues of immigration and detention. [PBS Frontline] Read more about the documentary and GOP debate

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano about pending deportation cases on Wednesday, Oct. 19.  Sen. Durbin persisted on finding a time frame for the administrative closing of low-priority cases. Napolitano said that pilot cases for the new policy would begin in two or three weeks. [Durbin, YouTube]

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