June was a busy month for immigration news with the Department of Justice announcing its intentions to sue the state of Arizona for the controversial immigration bill, SB 1070. Since then, United States vs. Arizona has been and will continue to be a contentious subject among Republicans and Democrats alike. While June began with news stories of tension along the US/ Mexico border and students and married couples facing the threat of deportation, it ended with an announcement by President Obama on the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
By: Ann Atalla
Advocacy Attorney, CLINIC
Immigration advocates have been down in the dumps lately, with news reports pronouncing the death of immigration reform in 2010. As the nation’s largest network of legal service providers for immigrants, CLINIC has felt the pain as vividly as other immigrant advocacy organizations. Although the lack of action in Congress can be discouraging, not all is wrong with the immigration landscape these days. In three recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has provided immigration advocates with reassuringly good law.
March was a big month as more than 200,000 people from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. to show their support for comprehensive immigration reform. Additionally, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC) released a blue print for what could become a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate. With deportations on the rise, it is events such as these that show steps being made in the right direction. These stories and more were the most read immigration related news items for March.
Over the past month, the debate over health care has heated up as both sides argue about how immigration plays into reform. In addition, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) discussed the possibility of increasing the fees to apply for citizenship and a U.S. citizen was deported twice after the FBI ignored evidence of his citizenship. These stories and others proved to be popular among readers of CLINIC’s daily Immigration News Briefings. The following are the top five most read stories for the month of September: