Thursday, November 21, 2019

Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Expresses Support for Executive Action on Immigration

On Monday, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano expressed her support for President Obama’s intent to act on immigration through executive action.  Under Napolitano, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came to fruition in 2012, and granted thousands of young, eligible undocumented immigrants the ability to stay and work in the U.S. […]

Guest Blogger Series: Julie C. Rodriguez “Celebrating Independence Day by Welcoming New Citizens”

Members of the Obama Administration and other officials in locations important to American history across the country welcomed scores of newly naturalized citizens in commemoration of our nation’s independence in naturalization ceremonies across the country last week. President Obama himself hosted a special naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House. In remarks […]

Key White House Officials support DREAM Act at Senate Hearing

On Tuesday the Senate held its first-ever public hearing on the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Hundreds listened closely as Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, testified in support of the immigration bill. If passed, the DREAM Act would create a […]

Homeland Security Head Calls for Passage of DREAM Act

Joining a chorus of diverse support, yesterday Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act citing improved immigration enforcement as another reason to back the legislation. “It’s important to point out that the DREAM Act fits into a larger strategy of immigration enforcement, and would actually complement the Department […]

DREAM Act Up for Vote in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday that he will add the Dream Act as an amendment to a defense bill to be voted on by the Senate next week. The DREAM Act would allow young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, and have been here for at least five years, […]

Justice Department Sues Arizona Over Anti-Immigration Law

After much anticipation and speculation that a suit was eminent, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this afternoon that it was filing a lawsuit against Arizona asking a federal judge to declare the state’s new anti-immigration law, SB 1070, as unconstitutional and strike it down. The defendants are named as the state and Arizona Gov. […]

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Reaffirms Administration’s Commitment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

La Plaza is reporting from the NALEO conference in Denver. Even a “bitterly partisan” Congress will not deter Obama’s administration from working to pass comprehensive immigration reform Secretary Napolitano told attendees at the annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Denver, Colorado. “It is a bitterly divided Congress right now, bitterly […]

Homeland Security Signals Policy Changes Ahead for Immigration Raids

As reported in the Washington Post, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids. A senior department official said the delays […]