Latest News from the Immigration Front

by IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE February 18, 2012
DHS Budget:
National Journal: Homeland Security Spending Request Holds Level In a fiscal 2013 budget the Obama administration says commits to border and aviation security, prepares for disaster relief, and boosts cybersecurity, the White House requested $39.5 billion for the Homeland Security Department next year, just a 0.5 percent decrease from current spending.
Southern California Public Radio: DHS Budget Proposes Discontinuing 287(g) in Some Jurisdictions A fiscal year 2013 budget brief released by Homeland Security today has some details on the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement priorities, and one of the losers is the federal-local partnership known as 287(g).
President Obama’s FY ’13 Budget Proposal: DHS Budget (Page 117 of the pdf document)
State and Local Update:
Bloomberg Government: Kan. House Panel Opens Hearings on Immigration (Bloomberg Government subscription required) The Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled two days of testimony on a bill drafted by a coalition that includes agriculture groups and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and their measure also drew support from immigrant rights advocates. They said the proposal represents a realistic approach to dealing with an estimated 45,000 illegal immigrant workers in Kansas.
Hattiesburg American: Tentative Deal Reached in Lawsuit Over Illegal Workers A Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has reached a tentative settlement agreement in a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos, federal court records said.
Border Security:
Bloomberg Government: Giffords Anti-Drug Trafficking Bill Becomes Law (Bloomberg Government subscription required) Anti-drug trafficking legislation sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the U.S. House and U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) in the U.S. Senate was signed into law today by President Obama. The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act was cosponsored in the Senate by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Hearings and Events:
Judiciary Committee
Wednesday February 15th
Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
"Safeguarding the Integrity of the Immigration Benefits Adjudication Process"
2141 RHOB 2 p.m.

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