December, 2013

  • 27 December

    100 Immigration Judges May Retire in 2014

    Immigrants may have to wait longer to have their cases heard in immigration courts in 2014. That’s because more than 100 immigration judges will be eligible for retirement next year and some may take the opportunity, according to the Associated Press.   As of 2013, 220 immigration judges presided over 59 immigration courts and they are still wading through a backlog …

  • 15 December

    The Different Immigration Reform Visions

    Five months ago, the Senate took a historic step toward enacting immigration reform with a path to citizenship by passing S.744 — the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act — with a bipartisan supermajority. Unfortunately, the House has still not brought immigration legislation to the floor. But while many have rushed to pronounce immigration reform “dead,” House leadership …

  • 9 December

    Another County Passes Its Own Immigration Bill

    While the House held hearings this week on whether President Obama (D) exceeded his executive powers on immigration policies and whether there are “bio signatures” in outer space (i.e., aliens), the most populous county in Washington state is forging ahead on an immigration-related bill to fill gaps left by Congressional inaction on immigration reform. Local council members in King County, Washington,  which covers Seattle, passed a measure by a slim …

  • 7 December

    German Politics Finds its Immigrant Flavor

    Germany left behind a federal election on Sept. 22. Approximately 44 million German citizens out of 62 million voters went to the ballot box, and re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel for the third time. The election was surprising to many as the Christian Democrats gained an unprecedented victory, the Greens and the Left party lost votes, and the Free Democrats failed to win seats in …

  • 5 December

    Obama’s Undocumented Uncle Spared from Deportation

    Onyango Obama, President Obama’s undocumented uncle, ducked deportation Tuesday (Nov 3), when a federal immigration judge allowed him to remain in the U.S. legally. Obama, 68, has been living in the U.S. for fifty years, but a 2011 drunk driving charge attracted the attention of immigration officials, who have been instructed by President Obama to prioritize criminal deportations. The president’s …