If House GOP can’t do better, Obama must act on immigration – The Hill’s Congress Blog

Today, medical the immigration debate continues to be counterproductive enough that, even after a $38 billion “border surge” of military-style security added to the Senate bill, legislation still faces an uphill battle. Many see an opportunity for the House GOP to lead on immigration. However, if the House cannot seize the opportunity, the president has on…

Local Cops Divided Over Continuing To Help Federal Immigration Agents | Fox News Latino

The police director for the city of Newark is ordering his officers to refuse federal immigration officials’ requests that they detain suspected undocumented immigrants accused of minor crimes. In California, ask the legislature is considering a measure that would call for local law enforcement agencies not to hold immigrants held on minor offenses so…

Knox County sheriff criticizes 287(g) denial

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the federal government’s decision to deny the county’s application for the 287(g) immigration program. The agreement would have allowed the sheriff’s department to participate in a program called 287(g), which would train deputies to enforce immigration laws. It would allow deputies to scrutinize the immigration status of people arrested and held in jail. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent a letter to the sheriff’s office within the past week, rejecting the application, and explaining it was denied because of resource concerns. Sheriff Jones issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the government for the decision, and pledging to continue enforcing immigration laws:

Immigration advocates respond to Sheriff Jones’ 287(g) statement | wbir.com

Several immigrant-advocacy groups have now responded to a pointed statement from Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones Wednesday morning, vowing to enforce federal immigration laws. "We feel disappointed of his poor choice of words," said Kukuly Uriarte, an immigrant living in Knoxville and advocate for immigration reform. After a year of limited statements about 287(g), Sheriff Jones published his opinion on his website Wednesday morning. The note followed a decision from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, which did not approve the county’s application for the program. ICE cited "resource concerns," including the sequester, as the reason for denying Knox County’s application. "Once again, the federal government has used sequestration as a smokescreen to shirk its responsibilities for providing safety and security to its citizens by denying Knox County the 287(g) corrections model," the sheriff wrote on his website.

Perspectives: Worker Centers and the AFL-CIO National Convention – Law at the Margins

On September 8, the AFL-CIO will kick off its national convention in Los Angeles.  The last time it was held in L.A. was in 1999, case when the AFL-CIO announced its historic declaration for a legalization program for all undocumented immigrants, increased workplace protection for immigrant workers and an end to employer sanction laws, which it supported back in 1986 as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  The national convention this year in LA will also be a historic one.  With union density at around 12% (the private sector below 7%), the labor movement today is in a state of crisis.  As the recent deep recession, or depression as some economists have labeled it, has shown us, the labor movement is really the only safety net that we have in this country for the working class.

VICTORY! ICE denies Knox County 287(g) agreement – Blog – TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition – TIRRC

Last year, Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones of Knox County announced he would be pursuing a 287(g) agreement–deputizing local sheriff’s deputies as federal immigration agents. For the last year, immigrant community leaders and allies have been tirelessly organizing and advocating against the program. And we did it! We just got confirmation that ICE will not be signing the 287(g) agreement in Knoxville (see notice below).  This victory comes after a year of powerful rallies and marches, fearless civil disobedience, and strong grassroots advocacy. It also comes on the heels of the termination of the program in Davidson County, a program finally abandoned after a 5-year community campaign. Read more about the fight against 287(g) in Knox County here. See the letter we submitted to DHS just a few weeks before the notice was given to Sheriff J.J. Jones here. 

Charges in car wash raid expected to be unsealed

"This was not an enforcement of targeting illegal immigration or illegal immigrants. It was a criminal investigation," said ICE spokesperson Barbara Gonzalez. Eric Falbe, general counsel for Danny’s Family Car Wash, says the company is cooperating with investigators. He declined further comment. "My husband doesn’t have a criminal record.  My husband has dedicated his life to being a gymnast and bicyclist and to be with his children.  Is that being a criminal?" asked Laura Torres. "Laura’s husband was deported 10 years ago and came back. I don’t think that is something that makes someone dangerous to the community. To me, that means that he wanted to be here with his family and he wanted to work," added Tania Unzueta of the National Day Labor Organizing Network.