Friday, December 6, 2019

Top asylum official reassigned for being “source of frustration” to the Trump administration

The top asylum official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reportedly been reassigned to a service center in Virginia — an apparent demotion lambasted by some immigration officials as “just another attack” by the Trump administration on the asylum system. John Lafferty, who led the USCIS asylum division for six years, was “pushed out” […]

Latinos Will Play A Key Role On Super Tuesday

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and for some candidates it’s do or die, with over a quarter of pledged delegates up for grabs. Even with the large electoral bulk of March 1st, tomorrow will give us a strong indication about who Latinos political preference lies. Most of our attention will be placed on Latinos in Texas, […]

Eric Cantor’s Shocking Primary Loss Could Prove Fatal for Immigration Reform

          Any hope of passing comprehensive immigration reform in the House this year was almost certainly squandered after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in yesterday’s Virginia GOP primary by little-known tea party challenger Dave Brat. Top reform advocates contend that immigration likely played a huge role in Cantor’s stunning […]

East Coast Continues Feeling the Ripple Effects of Hurricane Sandy

As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Sandy has caused 75 deaths in the United States, while cutting off power to more than 7 million people and businesses, many of whom have no timeline for when it will be restored. Even though all regions that come into contact with the storm will be affected in a negative way, some […]

Obama Campaign will Target Hispanic Voters

A crucial game-winning piece to keeping the White House in 2012, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign says it will focus on the Hispanic voting bloc. “Hispanics could very well decide this election,” an Obama adviser on the campaign said. Campaign organizers say their strategy is to focus on increasing Hispanic voter turnout in battleground states […]

Virginia Legislature Passes Anti-Immigration Bills

The Virginia House of Delegates signed off on several anti-immigration bills on Tuesday, including an Arizona style measure that would require all state and local police officers to inquire of the immigration status of any persons they arrest, sparking sharp criticism from local immigrant rights groups. Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William said, “My […]

Hispanics and other Minorities Overwhelmingly Fueled Nation’s Population Growth

The first round of states to receive their census redistricting data last week shows that Hispanics and other minorities accounted for 85 percent of the population growth across the country in the last ten years. The data will have important implications as the states begin the process of redistricting.  New Jersey, Mississippi, Virginia and Louisiana […]

States and Cities Should Reconsider Expensive Court Battles

As state legislators across the country continue to push for various anti-immigration bills, two new reports by the Center for American Progress and the Southern Poverty Law Center have exposed the high price tag associated with these growing legal battles. These reports cite the financial, social and economic costs that such immigration bills have already […]

Virginia Permits Officers to Check Immigration Status of Anyone “Stopped or Arrested”

Following the enactment of the controversial immigration law in Arizona last week, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled that state law enforcement offers are permitted to check the immigration status of anyone who is “stopped or arrested”. At a news conference on Monday, Cuccinelli (R) said, “Our opinion basically said that Virginia law enforcement […]