Articles by CLINIC
As you know, the House and Senate are scheduled to negotiate a compromise that could produce a comprehensive immigration reform bill. For the first time since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, legalization may become law. Without knowing exactly what will pass, it is difficult to plan for our programs. However, we know the rough outlines of the possible legislation and we can mine our own experiences for concrete preparation steps we can take now.
Laura Dogu, Deputy Consul General, and Mark Bosse, Communications Unit Supervisor, U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, as well as Warren Janssen, Field Office Director of the USCIS office located at the consulate, each spoke at CLINIC’s annual family immigration law training in El Paso on February 5, 2008. The following is a summary of the updated information provided by the State Department and USCIS.
By Debbie Smith
Immigrant communities have historically been targeted for intense scrutiny during times of crisis. Among the better-known examples are the “Red Scares” of the early 20th century and internment of Japanese immigrants (as well as naturalized citizens) during World War II.2 Each recent emergency – from September 11 to the current program of DHS raids – has had distinctive elements. Certain strands of effective emergency response run through them, however. Persons hoping to respond to today’s emergencies have much to learn from what has worked well for others.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits individuals from transporting illegal immigrants in the United States. Under the law, it is an offense for any person who “knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law.
Over the past year, the level of immigration law enforcement has increased dramatically. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has boosted its number of employer inspections, raids of workplaces, and arrests of individuals without lawful status in the United States. Because of this visible and concentrated effort on immigration enforcement by the federal government, CLINIC strongly recommends that individuals and their families have an emergency plan in place if they are at risk for arrest and deportation.