Immigration Laws’ Shifting Tides – Learn More at our Panel Discussion

Immigration Law in the US – Practice and Policy

In the last 10 days, the tides have been shifting rapidly in the big sea of immigration law.  On June 15, 2012, President Obama issued an Executive Order to grant “deferred status” to undocumented immigrants who meet certain age, education and good moral character criteria.  Today, on June 25, 2012, the US Supreme Court in, Arizona v. US, struck down 3 of 4 key provisions of Arizona’s “anti-immigrant” law (SB 1070) and held that Arizona should be permitted to try to implement the remaining key provision to see if it can do so in a constitutionally-permitted manner (detaining people suspected to be undocumented after a legitimate stop).  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano then responded by announcing that the Department of Homeland Security will suspend its agreements with Arizona and no longer designate Arizona’s local law enforcement to perform immigration law enforcement functions (formerly known as a “Memorandum of Agreement” under section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996).  Tomorrow, June 26, 2012, our Amnesty International Southern Oregon Chapter is co-hosting a panel discussion on Immigration in the Rogue Valley from 6:30-8PM at Ashland’s Unitarian Church, 87 4th ST.  It’s free and you will hear from Ashland’s Police Chief, an immigration lawyer, an undocumented immigrant “Dreamer,” and our local Amnesty International coordinator.  Read about it in the Daily Tidings, here.

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