Questions for the White House on Immigration Reform

Key Questions for the White House on Immigration Reform

Questions for the White House on Immigration Reform[En Español aquí]

While President Obama has repeatedly pledged to make immigration reform a centerpiece of his next term, not one question was asked of him on this topic by reporters during yesterday’s White House press conference.  

Though the debt ceiling was the issue of the day, it is fair to assume immigration will take center stage in future White House press briefings.  

To clarify and define what can be expected of President Obama’s reform proposal, and to further advance the national debate about immigration reform, tough questions should be asked that cut through political spin and rhetoric.  

Below are just a few specific questions that we at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network feel should be asked of the White House.  

E-Verify: Immigration Reform’s Threat To Legal Workers – Forbes

Ken Nagel thought it would be no problem to hire his daughter at his Phoenix restaurant. He had not considered that Arizona’s new employment verification system, and E-Verify, would deem her ineligible to work. E-Verify, case which attempts to screen out unauthorized immigrants by checking employees against federal databases, failed his daughter, a U.S. citizen. “It was just another frustration,” Nagel told The Arizona Republic. Despite its problems, Congress and the president will consider a national E-Verify mandate in immigration reform proposals this spring. President Obama called for “a system to give employers a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.” But E-Verify is not reliable and shifts enforcement costs onto citizens. According to E-Verify’s government audit, a national mandate would deem 1.2 million to 3.5 million legal employees, like Ken Nagel’s daughter, initially ineligible to work. In 2008, Intel, the computer chip maker, put its new employees through..

Protestan por sus salarios en Los Angeles

Trabajadores y miembros de una coalición de varias organizaciones y sindicatos, here se reunieron ayer frente a la entrada del Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles para exigir que el Concejo Municipal tome acción en torno a una propuesta de ordenanza contra lo que consideran el “robo” de salarios. “Pedimos que de una vez por todas tengamos respuesta a nuestra petición que hicimos hace tres años al concejo de la ciudad de tener una ordenanza contra el robo de salarios”, click dijo Mario López, miembro de IDEPSCA, una de las organizaciones participantes en la jornada y miembro de la coalición contra el robo de salarios. “Por tres largos años, los trabajadores y trabajadoras han estado esperando que la Ciudad de Los Ángeles adopte una ley que criminalice el robo de salarios”. López añadió que Los Ángeles “podría ser el bastión en donde se respeten los derechos de los trabajadores y trabajadoras. Pero Los Ángeles, desafortunadamente, es la que muestra la peor estadística de robo de salarios en la nación”…

After Sandy, immigrant groups keeping an eye out for abuse of laborers

Nearly a month after superstorm Sandy, ask immigrant labor rights advocacy groups say they’re unaware of any cases of day laborers being denied payment for work related to recovery efforts. “I’m not hearing anything right now that they’re not getting paid, pharm ” said Stuart Sydenstricker of Wind of the Spirit, an immigrant resource center in Morristown. “But it could take a few more weeks to come out.” Sydenstricker and Diana Mejia, also of Wind of the Spirit, document incidents of wage theft or injuries among immigrant laborers — many of whom speak little or no English — that otherwise might go unreported. Part of the problem with officially tracking such incidents is that the state does not and cannot make inquiries at work sites about workers’ immigration status. Consequently, it’s not possible to say whether undocumented laborers are performing work, according to Department of Labor spokesman Brian T. Murray. If a worker complained of being ripped off for wages by a contractor…

‘Reyes Magos’ recurren al gobernador Brown –

Los Reyes Magos llegaron ayer al Capitolio para visitar al gobernador Jerry Brown pero en lugar de regalarle oro, incienso y mirra como lo hicieron los hombres de oriente en Belén —según la tradición—, le entregaron una pluma gigante para que firme el Acta de Confianza, la iniciativa que podría frenar las deportaciones de inmigrantes sin delitos serios. “Queríamos estar aquí en el primer día de sesiones (legislativas) y motivar al gobernador a firmar el Acta de Confianza para dejarle saber que la comunidad está muy preocupada porque hemos visto muchas familias para quienes los días de fiesta fueron tristes debido a las deportaciones”, dijo la reverendo Debbie Lee, de la Coalición Interreligiosa por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes. En cuanto a la posibilidad de sensibilizar al gobernador con esta acción, Lee señaló: “Sabemos que tiene un corazón religioso y que esta temporada significa algo para él, así que estamos tratando de lograrlo con esto”.

New ICE Detainer Guidance Too Little, Too Late

On the Friday before Christmas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released new guidance on immigration “detainers, online ” the lynchpin of agency enforcement programs involving cooperation with local police. In the new guidance, ICE Director John Morton instructed agency employees to only file detainers against immigrants who represent agency “priorities.” Unfortunately, as with prior agency memos on prosecutorial discretion, the detainer guidance is so riddled with loopholes that it could have little—if any—practical effect. The new guidance defines “priorities” so broadly as to make the term virtually meaningless. As is now well known, immigration detainers are requests (not commands) sent by ICE to local jails asking for selected inmates to be held even after they would otherwise be entitled to release. Although the federal government has issued detainers for decades, their use has become especially common following the expansion of Se Communities…