The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it will begin reviewing about 300,000 deportation proceedings to implement prosecutorial discretion measures laid out in a June 2011 memo issued by John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (aka ICE).
With State Senator Russell Pearce’s dramatic recall in Arizona behind us, the nation’s immigration watchers turn their eyes to Alabama, now home to the nation’s fiercest immigration laws.
Defenders of the Keystone XL pipeline have argued that the project is important for creating up to 20,000 new jobs in a struggling economy, but TransCanada, which owns the pipeline, said late last week that the number of permanent jobs would only number in the hundreds.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s alternative Supplemental Poverty Measure — “a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure,” released this week — shows that 49.1 million Americans were poor in 2010, “more than the 46.6 million using the official definition of poverty.”
The Campaign to Defeat Obama, a political action committee with ties to the Republican Party and the Tea Party Express, has launched a campaign linking Democratic Party lawmakers and President Obama to the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is depicted by the organization as “violent mobs.”
Following a Colorado Department of Labor and Employment hearing today, the state minimum wage rate will increase from $7.36 to $7.64 an hour on January 1, 2012. The increase is directed by Amendment 42, a constitutional amendment passed by Colorado voters in 2006 that provides annual cost of living adjustments to the minimum wage. The minimum wage rate for Colorado’s tipped workers will increase from $4.34 to $4.62 an hour.
Immigration and human rights experts say that no other developed country has passed an immigration law as stringent as Alabama’s.
Mock cable news conservative Stephen Colbert this week skewered Alabama lawmakers who passed the state’s toughest-in-the-nation anti-illegal immigration legislation this year. Alabama’s “papers please” law endorsed in Colorado by immigration crusader Tom Tancredo came amid a wave of similar proposals floated last spring by Republican state lawmakers around the country, including here in Colorado. The law has led to a mass exodus of Latinos in Alabama, which has left the agricultural industry shorthanded and thousands of acres of produce unpicked and rotting during harvest season.