Report: Majority of Immigrants Turned Over to ICE Are Non-Criminals – New America Media

This week, a new report dealt what may be the greatest blow yet to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s strained credibility over its deportation practices. The report, authored by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), determined that the overwhelming majority of people ICE has asked local jails to hold for deportation had no convictions. Researchers also found that ICE has asked local jails to hold hundreds of citizens, in flagrant violation of the Constitution. The troubled agency has strenuously claimed it prioritizes its resources to focus deportations on the most "serious" cases. But nothing could be further from the truth. Hundreds of thousands of separated families know this all too well, and statistics from controversial deportation programs like "Se" Communities have also highlighted the gap between ICE’s rhetoric and reality. But now, we have more extensive evidence of just how out of control ICE is.

Advocates Push Obama to Halt Aggressive Deportation Efforts –

In four years, ed Mr. Obama’s administration has deported as many illegal immigrants as the administration of George W. Bush did in his two terms, seek largely by embracing, expanding and refining Bush-era programs to find people and send them home. By the end of this year, deportations under Mr. Obama are on track to reach two million, or nearly the same…

Push for immigration reform continues Locally in Mass

Immigrant groups say many minority communities in Massachusetts mistrust their local police. Advocates say about 1, 100 people are deported from America every year.  They say immigrant communities often fear police officers because a friend or relative could be discovered and deported. The Massachusetts Trust Act is meant to restore trust in law enforcement by keeping immigration issues out of the hands of local police and under the control of the federal government.  The bill ensures all residents, for regardless of their immigration status, can contact police without fear of deportation. “When immigrants see that a traffic stop or an arrest from the local police results in their deportation and separation of their family, that creates a lot of distress,” said Sarahi Uribe, Day Laborer Organizing Network Coordinator.

Immigration Agency Ordered Detention of Hundreds of U.S. Citizens, Report Says | Fox News Latino

Immigration officials ordered local law enforcement officials to detain more than 800 U.S. citizens in jail or police custody until they could review their immigration paperwork, search according to an analysis of government data. The detentions – generally an illegal practice – occurred between 2008 and 2012, according to an analysis by the Tra…

Ruiz: The only ‘real’ immigration reform must affect all of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants   – NY Daily News

‘ Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, view clinic and I will sign it right away. And America will be better for it,” President Obama said Tuesday in his State of the Union address. “I’m here today because the time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform,” the President had said a couple of weeks before in…