Immigration News Roundup March 2, 2010

Posted on March 2nd, 2010, by James Livesay in Immigration Law. Comments Off on Immigration News Roundup March 2, 2010

Mexican Immigrants in the United States
“This spotlight focuses on Mexican immigrants residing in the United States, examining the population’s size, flow, geographic distribution, and socioeconomic characteristics using data from the US Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2000 Decennial Census, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) for 2008.” MPI, February 2010.

Mexico: A Crucial Crossroads
“A decade into the 21st century, Mexico finds itself at a crucial crossroads with its northern neighbor the United States, where about 10 percent of its citizens live.” MPI, February 2010.

Pushback Over Border Busts
“After warning federal prosecutors for two years, Judge Sam Sparks was fed up with the parade of nonviolent illegal aliens in the overburdened courtrooms in his Texas division. What he did next, said lawyers across the country, was astounding and unprecedented.” Marcia Coyle, NLJ, March 1, 2010.

Tech Group Urges Passage of Immigration Legislation
“A leading tech group on Wednesday urged lawmakers to adopt legislation that would allow immigrants to remain in the United States if they proved to be skillful entrepreneurs.” The Hill, February 25, 2010.

CIS-Zogby Poll Cooks the Books on Latino Support for Mass Deportation
“This week the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the ‘think tank’ of the anti- immigrant lobby, announced the results of a new CIS-sponsored Zogby poll purporting to show that people of color, including Latinos, support their mass-deportation, anti-immigrant agenda. Coming from the same group whose leader, Mark Krikorian, recently argued that Judge Sotomayor should change her name to sound more ‘Anglo,’ and who has previously blamed immigrants for global warming, CIS’ viewpoints and strategies are clearly far from mainstream. Still, this latest effort to muddy the waters about public opinion on immigration ventures into the realm of the absurd.” America’s Voice, February 26, 2010.

ICE “Surge” Targets Aliens With Criminal Records
“The nation’s top immigration cop said Friday that the Obama administration is stepping up enforcement against immigrants who commit crimes and will move aggressively against employers who hire unauthorized labor.” Dallas Morning News, February 27, 2010.

American Bar Association: Deportation System “Severely Flawed”
“The number of people deported from the US annually has grown from just over 69,000 to over 356,000 in the past eight years, while resource-starved immigration judges issue decisions without sufficient time to conduct legal research and analyze the complex cases they are asked to decide. This is among the key findings of a new comprehensive review of the current deportation process by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Immigration and one of America’s leading law firms.” William Fisher, February 25, 2010.

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Attorney James Livesay is a Partner at Livesay & Myers. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, he began his legal career in the Navy JAG Corps, before entering private practice as a Virginia family lawyer in 2001. Along with partner Kevin Myers, Mr. Livesay founded Livesay & Myers in 2003. Today he advises the attorneys in each of the firm’s four offices.

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