3) Obama would strengthen enforcement against illegal immigrants while reducing the number in detention. The president’s budget would ramp up funding for two immigration verification programs: E-Verify, s which helps employers determine whether potential employees are legally able to work in the United States, treat and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE), order which helps public agencies verify the immigration status of those applying for federal, state and local government benefits. There aren’t any new mandates for requiring employers or the government to screen for immigration status or go after illegal immigrants. But the new changes would make E-Verify a more reliable system by allowing applicants to voluntarily “self check” and pinpoint errors in their documentation, and both programs are intended “to promote compliance with immigration laws while preventing individuals from obtaining benefits they are not eligible to receive,” according to the budget. Washington Post
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a new bill into law Tuesday that limits the city’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities on Rikers Island. The law will prevent the Department of Corrections from turning over immigrants with no criminal convictions upon their release, ed who are not known gang members or who are not on the terror watch list
“What we are doing is righting a wrong against people who are on the soil of Cook County under the protection of the U.S. Constitution, ” said Commissioner Larry Suffredin, a Democrat who supported the measure. Why, asked Jesus Garcia, the commissioner who sponsored the ordinance, should immigrants be treated any differently than anyone else who
Law Enforcement Leaders Express Growing Concern with Se Communities Program
On October 19, 2011, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy of the University of California-Berkley, released its report titled “Se Communities by the Numbers: An Analysis of Demographics and Due Process” on Se Communities. Se Communities, or S-Comm, is an immigration enforcement program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs…
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In August, s after the federal government rescinded state contracts related to the Se Communities immigration enforcement program, those states that at the time were trying to opt out of the controversial fingerprint-sharing program seemed to have little choice but to comply. But there’s another option, click at least according to a California state legislator who is retooling a bill from last year to allow for another kind of out: Restricting how law enforcement agencies hold immigrants for deportation at the request of federal immigration officials.