Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration reports that the Obama administration is instituting fewer deportation proceedings against individuals with criminal grounds of removal.
Here is what they found:
During the most recent quarter (January - March 2012), ICE sought to deport a total of 5,450 individuals on criminal grounds. While this number is preliminary and is likely to increase once late reports are in, it represents a drastic decrease compared with 10,732 individuals against whom ICE sought deportation orders just two years ago (during the period January - March 2010).
They also determined that:
Court filings began dropping even before ICE Director John Morton issued his June 17, 2011 directive on prosecutorial discretion (PD), which outlined the manner in which enforcement activity could be focused on deporting serious criminals. Since that announcement, however, official court records show that rather than increasing, the number of deportations ordered on the basis of criminal activity has continued to decrease. Evidence from the most recent quarter show that the agency continues to be headed in the opposite direction from its stated goal.
Click here to see the original report with charts and graphs that organize all of the data analyzed.
As of the writing of this blog there has been no vote on Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, and Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur proposed changes to Alabama's immigration law HB 56.
Yesterday, Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton proposed to repeal the law entirely. This attempt failed by a vote of 20 to 14.
As soon as I know more I'll post an update.
Below is the text of the proposed substitute bill. Have at it.
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).