A day after California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris made compliance with the program optional, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced that he will not comply with federal requests to detain suspected illegal immigrants arrested in low-level crimes.
A six-year-old Colorado law that requires local law enforcement to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities is costing local agencies in the state more than $13 million annually, according to a study.
Source: Los Angeles Times | California |
December 5, 2012
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told local law enforcement agencies that they were not obligated to comply with a federal program whose stated goal is to deport illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes. It was Harris' first public assessment of Secure Communities.
The Obama administration announced its opposition to an immigration bill that is designed to boost the number of visas for foreign-born graduates with advanced technical degrees from U.S. universities, saying it fails to fulfill the President's long-term goal of achieving comprehensive immigration reform.
Source: Los Angeles Times | Nation |
November 28, 2012
Under political pressure to take action on immigration reform, three Republican senators introduced an alternative version of the Dream Act that would give legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children.
Source: New York Times | New York |
November 27, 2012
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that more people had been killed by Hurricane Katrina, but said that Hurricane Sandy had had a greater economic impact because of the dense population in the New York City area.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
November 26, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie said that Hurricane Sandy caused $29.4 billion in damages to New Jersey but cautioned the estimate would probably rise once next summer’s tourism season, populations shifts and the effect on real estate values were taken into consideration.
Numerous U.S. municipalities and states are looking to make small steps to fend off the higher seas and more frequent storms forecast to accompany climate change. Sandy's destructiveness is only likely to increase those efforts.