By: James Porter
This July was one of the hottest on record across the country. Also hot in July was immigration, thanks in part to the continued focus on Arizona’s immigration law. The Obama administration’s challenge of Arizona’s law saw part of it overturned, while the rest went into effect at the end of the month. Additionally, President Obama gave his first major speech on immigration to mixed reviews from those on either side of the debate. Overall, the month certainly saw an increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric such as a list of supposed undocumented immigrants that was sent to government officials in Utah. As we rapidly head towards mid-term elections in the fall, it will be interesting to see what role immigration will play. These stories and more were the most read immigration related news items for July.
- Washington Post Opinion – “What Obama didn't -- and couldn't -- say on immigration”
- Parts of Arizona’s immigration law went into effect as a federal judge did not overturn the entire law.
- In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Doris Meissner and James W. Ziglar, senior fellows at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) explain why the U.S. had to challenge Arizona’s immigration law.
- Two state employees were found responsible and were fired for compiling and distributing a list of 1,300 alleged undocumented immigrant in Utah.
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched its On-line Detainee Locator System (ODLS) a public, Internet-based tool designed to assist family members, attorneys and other interested parties in locating detained aliens in ICE custody.