Thursday Immigration Blog Roundup

This week's Immigration Blog Roundup will cover the President's FY2011 budget proposal, new reports on immigration, and more...

The President has released his FY2011 budget proposal:
-$368 million proposed to keep 20,000 border patrol agents watching over 6,000 miles of U.S. borders.
-$110 million to improve the E-Verify program, which distinguishes between workers legally able to work in the United States and those who are not.
-$18 million to support integration for new immigrants (preparation for citizenship, ELL).
-Additional resources to relieve overburdened immigration courts nationwide, which are strained by case backlogs and staffing shortages.
-Funding to support reforming our immigration detention system.
-Funding to USCIS to improve and lower the cost of processing immigration applications.
Recently released Immigration reports:
Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases” submitted to the American Bar Association.

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has released their final work in their series of "Solutions Papers" called "Future Flow: Repairing our Broken Immigration System" which highlights principles for visa reform.

"Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement" released by the Urban Institute examines the effects of parental arrest, detention, and deportation on the well-being of the children involved in these situations. 

Also in immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced their new partnership in strengthening immigrant integration efforts in Los Angeles through citizenship awareness, education, and outreach activities.

Galen Carey, Dir. of Government Affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals discusses the many efforts that Evangelicals are putting forth in making immigration reform a priority.  The NAE, along with various partner organizations have held events all over the country as a call to action claiming that the "current system contradicts our nation's deepest values." 

Lastly, in a federal lawsuit against Signal International, depositions revealed that immigration authorities worked with the marine oil-rig company to discourage the organization and protests of skilled Indian workers contracted to work under the H-2B Temporary Worker Program.


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