In case you missed it, I posted a lengthy round-up of last week’s immigration news on Deportation Nation:
This week the Obama Administration announced new guidelines to unclog the immigration courts by allowing low-priority immigrant offenders to remain in the country and apply for a work permit. The White House promoted that DHS had for the first time “prioritized the removal of people who have been convicted of crimes in the United States.”
The decision coincided with advocates calling for the termination of the unpopular Secure Communities program. Protests held in Los Angeles and Chicago resulted in walk-outs and arrests as a result of public hearings with members of the Secure Communities Task Force.
Meanwhile, the FOIA war between ICE and an immigrant coalition, made up of the Center for Constitutional Rights, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic, continued to rage on. A New York judge ordered the reproduction of hundreds of documents, this time unredacted.