The two faces of Obama on immigration

He stays some deportations even as he extends the draconian ‘se communities’. Will the real president please stand up?

Immigrant rights campaigners in Los Angeles, California

How can President Obama continue to portray himself as the champion of immigration reform to Latino voters, while at the same time deporting more people than any other president in United States history?

Two significant announcements this month offer a glimpse into an administration that appears to be playing both sides of a bitter debate over immigration reform.

The first occurred on 5 August, when the Obama Administration announced that it would unilaterally impose its controversial deportation programme known as “se communities” (also known as S-Comm) upon every city in the United States by 2013. The announcement stunned the immigrant justice community, which had spent the last year rallying against policies in Arizona that demonstrated to the world the dangers of using the local criminal justice system to engage in federal immigration law enforcement.

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Secure Communities Protest

The Two Faces of Obama on Immigration

How can President Obama continue to portray himself as the champion of immigration reform to Latino voters, while at the same time deporting more people than any other president in United States history? Two significant announcements this month offer a glimpse into an administration that appears to be playing both sides of a bitter debate over immigration reform.

After Discovery of 1,100 Year Old Indigenous Site, State of Georgia Rescinds Anti-Immigrant Bill

“This is a little embarrassing to admit,” began Governor Deal at an official press briefing. “it turns out, contrary to popular belief, the state of Georgia was not founded in 1732. It has been around much longer than that.” The governor was speaking among what pundits are calling a political shake-up following the monumental discovery…

The Federal Government Was Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Partner in Crime

Department of Homeland Security programs like ‘Se Communities’ help drive the Arizona-fication of the country

By CARLOS GARCIA

Carlos Garcia grew up in Arizona and is a leader of Puente Arizona, a human rights organization seeking to improve conditions for migrant families in Maricopa County, Ariz.

 Now that the Department of Justice has closed its investigation into the troubled office of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, what lessons are there from Maricopa County?

Legalization

NDLON promotes immigration reform that legalizes undocumented immigrants and offers regular status for those living in the shadows. Everyone deserves full respect and dignity in society regardless of immigration status. Legalization and criminalization are two opposites that cannot co-exist. Therefore any immigration reform must offer pathways to citizenship without compromising on policies that broaden the…