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As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

Now that the federal government is up and running again, President Obama has announced that immigration reform is his highest priority. The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.

And that, in a nutshell, has always been the private prison business model. Mass incarceration leads to massive profits. Read more >

Winning Immigration Reform or Winning Elections?

October 23, 2013

Perhaps never before has there been such a broad coalition and well-formed consensus on the need for inclusion of those who are undocumented in our country. Years of struggle, sacrifice, and unprecedented organizing have built momentum to force immigration onto the national agenda and Congress’ docket. Yet, even though legalization is inevitable, the outcome of its legislation is still and uncertain. Read more >

Immigration Reform is Probably Dead

October 21, 2013

Dave Weigel reads the tea leaves from Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue this morning, and concludes that the business community isn't going to press for comprehensive immigration reform anytime soon: Read more >

Advocates Ask Banks to Divest From Private Prisons

October 17, 2013

Immigrant rights activists in Oregon are asking the city of Portland to stop buying bonds from Wells Fargo, which has a mutual fund with shares in a company that operates immigration detention centers.

The request is part of a nationwide campaign to get investors to divest from private prison companies. Most recently, the campaign has focused on local institutions such as cities, counties and universities. Read more >

Immigration reform gets overshadowed by world, national events

At a march in Washington last week, thousands of people rallied — and 200 were arrested — making the case for comprehensive immigration reform. On Saturday, 300 small groups from evangelical organizations in 30 states began nine days of prayer for immigration reform. Read more >

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Immigration Reform 2013: Advocates, Opponents Not Taking Pelosi's Proposed Plan Seriously

Some advocates and opponents of an immigration overhaul are already balking at a possible plan by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that aims to make progress on a 2013 immigration reform bill in the lower chamber.

Politico reported Tuesday that Pelosi plans to introduce legislation that marries a comprehensive measure that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a House border security bill. Read more >

ACLU, immigrant groups to keep an eye on U.S. Border Patrol after profiling-case win

SEATTLE — The Border Patrol will share records of every traffic stop it makes on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for 18 months with immigrant advocacy groups as part of a settlement to a lawsuit that said agents were racially profiling people they pulled over.

The agreement settles a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project against the Border Patrol. The suit alleged that people were stopped and questioned for the way they looked and without reasonable suspicion. Read more >

California's Immigration Reforms May Affect the Rest of the U.S.

California is, as Supreme Court Justice Brandeis put it, one of the "laboratories of democracy." Within this particular laboratory, the experiments have been going strong: AB 60 (driver's licenses), AB 1024 (right to practice law) and the Trust Act are all awaiting signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown, alongside the more local San Francisco Due Process for All ordinance and the in re Garcia case. Read more >

Immigration Reform 2013: Carter, Johnson Quit House Gang of Seven

September 20, 2013

The U.S. House Gang of Seven whittled down to five Friday, as distrust of President Barack Obama led Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson, both Texas Republicans, to leave the bipartisan group. In a joint statement, the men said that they have no faith in Obama to enforce current or new laws. Read more >

House Republicans say they’ll act on immigration reform this year

September 22, 2013

House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration reform this year. The effort has revived hope among advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to address the fate of the nation’s 11 million undocumented workers and students. Read more >

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