HEADLINES: Immigration

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A bill that that would restrict California law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement efforts passed the state Senate on Thursday. The Trust Act would prohibit police and sheriff’s officials from detaining arrestees for possible deportation unless the suspects have previous convictions for a serious or violent felony. The measure is aimed at blunting federal immigration enforcement, in particular the Secure Communities program, under which fingerprints of arrestees are shared with immigration officials who issue hold orders. If signed into law, the measure would mark another in a string of state legislative efforts on behalf of California’s estimated 2.55 million undocumented immigrants. [LATimes]

President Barack Obama used an Independence Day ceremony in which immigrants serving in the U.S. military became citizens on Wednesday to renew his election-year call for new immigration laws popular with an important part of his political base. The move appealed to Hispanic voters, a major voting bloc that could swing the election to the Democratic incumbent in battleground states such as Nevada and Colorado. The issue of immigration has become a flash point in Obama’s battle with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to win the White House on November 6. On June 15, Obama issued an order that circumvented Congress after it failed to pass legislation known as the DREAM Act, which would have helped address the issue of children who came to the country with their undocumented parents and faced deportation. [Reuters]

A federal judge will reconsider Monday his injunction against parts of South Carolina’s immigration law, including a requirement for local police to conduct immigration status checks. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel filed an order late last week, saying he likely would find it necessary to revise a portion of his injunction against the law, which was filed in late December. Gergel’s order comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the controversial Arizona immigration law, which was the model for South Carolina. In that ruling, the Supreme Court said states could require local law enforcement to conduct immigration checks, but it also warned against civil rights violations. [The State]


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