By ASHLEY PARKER Published: April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON — As a bipartisan group of eight senators prepared to introduce a plan early next week to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, Senate negotiators have agreed to a cutoff date that could bar hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the path to legalization provided in the legislation.
ByMichael R. Crittenden, November 27, 2012, 2:41 PM ET
“Sen. Kyl stressed that the measure would not disqualify participants from also seeking U.S. citizenship, but said it would not give them preference in the process or make them eligible for programs such as welfare”
A pair of Senate Republicans said they want to “get the ball rolling” on overhauling the immigration system, offering an alternative bill to the Dream Act aimed at giving young illegal immigrants a way to avoid deportation.
Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who are retiring this year, acknowledged their move is largely symbolic, since the Senate isn’t likely to take up immigration in the few weeks remaining in the lame-duck session Read more
via Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union by Rahul Bhagnari, ACLU on 11/15/12
Garfield Gayle, a 59-year-old green card holder from Jamaica, has lived in the United States for 30 years. He raised two U.S. citizen daughters, and has long worked as a union carpenter in Brooklyn, New York.
Nearly eight months ago, when federal agents put him in handcuffs at his home, he learned that the government was trying to deport him based on an alleged attempted drug sale offense that happened more than 17 years ago. Since then, the government has held him in mandatory immigration lock-up without any opportunity for a bail hearing. The government has never even alleged that he poses any danger or flight risk. In addition, Mr. Gayle’s long residence in the United States and close family ties make him a strong candidate for immigration relief from a judge, allowing him to keep his green card and stay in this country. Read more