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33,400 immigration violators must be locked up continuously

Believe it or not, the U.S. Congress several years ago passed a provision that requires the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep a minimum of 33,400 illegal immigrants locked up at all times. In California and throughout the country, the average detention cost is $120 per day. This has cost the taxpayers $2 billion per year. The Obama White House recently made budget requests to cut the immigration quota but the U.S. Congress has rebuffed those efforts.

Women for immigration reform protest in front of U.S. Congress

The intransigence of the U.S. House of Representatives on the immigration bill has created demonstrations throughout the nation's capital. In California, grass roots groups continue their efforts as state legislation favorable to the immigration reform movement is passed. At the U.S. House, one group of prominent women organizers is joining hands in a prolonged demonstration to tell recalcitrant Congresspersons that women and children are the recipients of the unfairness imposed by current immigration laws and policies.

Protestors hit multiple immigration issues while Congress dallies

Once you've known the loss of everything in life it's much easier to take risks in the future. Seven illegal immigrants chained themselves to a fence at the White House on Sept. 18 in a protest against deportations of illegal immigrants who had hoped to be legalized by now. This was done as the U.S. House of Representatives contemplated taking up immigration reform. Many calling for immigration reform in California and elsewhere are dedicating their efforts to influence conservatives in the House to act.

Immigration Trust Act may relieve deportation surge in California

The Trust Act is all about a lack of trust between the state and federal governments. The California Senate recently passed the Trust Act and, after another review by the house, the controversial immigration legislation will go to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. It's not definite that he'll sign it because he vetoed it last year. The Act would restrict local police from detaining undocumented immigrants without serious criminal records on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

Immigration violators being targeted for stiff prison sentences

According to commentary in the Huffington Post, the next wave of nonviolent offenders to flood the federal prison system will likely be undocumented immigrants. The recent policy announced by the Department of Justice promises a letup in nonviolent drug prosecutions and sentencing policies, both here in California and nationwide. At the same time, however, the government has stepped up its nearly decade-long immigration policy that's designed to put undocumented immigrants in prison rather than deporting them.

California Trust Act consistent with federal immigration reform

One nice thing about a vetoed bill is that you can keep coming back until you get it right. That's what's happening in California with the so-called Trust Act, which would limit the circumstances under which local law enforcement offices would work with federal authorities to detain immigrants who are here illegally. The bill would assist in a more humane immigration policy by limiting the current zealous enforcement of deportations.

Immigration bill offers a long and difficult path to citizenship

A federal legislative process that protects many different interests, and a legislative body controlled by conservative forces is not going to make things easy for immigration reform. Even if and when the federal legislation is passed, it's going to be a long haul here in California and elsewhere for an immigrant to achieve citizenship. Arriving at acquired citizenship status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants will be long, expensive and filled with difficulties.

Immigration laws may legalize parents of children born here

Immigration law at one time allowed the parents of a child born here to apply for and achieve legal status. That procedure was eliminated during a period of harsher feelings toward immigration policy, and possibly also influenced by higher unemployment rates brought on by generally poor economic factors. California and other jurisdictions now must deport the undocumented parents of a United States citizen. As discussed in a prior blog, with respect to younger children born here, this is done rather unceremoniously in a manner that destroys the family unit.

California Governor calls for swift action in immigration reform

In today's acrimonious political environment even a touted immigration reform proposal has controversial provisions that are downright nasty. The immigration reform bill still going through the U.S. Congress has provisions that are inimical to California's interests and will be harmful to many of the 2.6 million undocumented persons living in California. The latest individual to repeat these criticisms is California Governor Jerry Brown.

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