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Both sides of immigration debate criticize latest removal numbers

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Both sides of the immigration debate were quick to criticize the latest removal numbers released Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that reveal the agency deported 368,644 people in fiscal year 2013.

Advocates are not happy with the numbers, saying undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or community

A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

safety continue to be deported and separated from their families. At the same time, immigration hardliners are criticizing the Obama administration for deporting about 41,200 fewer people than last fiscal year when a total of 409,849 people were deported.

The number of removals this year brings the total number of people who’ve been deported during the five years that President Barack Obama has been in office to nearly 2 million. The number of deportations during the eight years of George W. Bush presidency reached 2 million.

NMSU to be host to immigration discussion

New Mexico State University

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a community dialogue on immigration at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

Journalist Anabel Hernández to discuss drug war, journalism at UTEP

Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernandez. (Photo courtesy of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernandez. (Photo courtesy of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

University of Texas at El Paso

Two events to explore the drug war and its impact on journalists will feature one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists, Anabel Hernández. Hernández is a household name in her native country for being one of very few journalists willing to take on both the drug war and government corruption.

  • What: Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernández to speak about drug war and journalism in symposium and lecture
  • When: 4-6 p.m. Nov. 11; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 12
  • Where: Tomas Rivera Conference Center Nov. 11; Union Cinema Nov. 12

Border biometric plan won’t be ready until 2015

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – The number of foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas in the U.S. remains unknown, and Congress is pressuring the Department of Homeland Security for a solution.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, questions the value and costs of the biometric exit system at a hearing Thursday. Department of Homeland Security officials estimate upward of $3 billion for the exit system. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, questions the value and costs of the biometric exit system at a hearing Thursday. Department of Homeland Security officials estimate upward of $3 billion for the exit system. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, DHS was required to  create a biometric entry and exit data system to match a physical component – fingerprints, facial image or iris scan – for foreigners who enter the U.S.

That would allow the country to track which visitors leave and which ones overstay their visas.

Border leaders slam militarization

Besides roughly doubling the size of the Border Patrol from 20,000 to 40,000 agents,  Hoeven-Corker, named after its Republican  sponsors, would add 700 miles of border fencing, increase drone and high-tech surveillance and require Department of Homeland security certifications, among other measures, all to the tune of at least $46 billion during the next decade.

Frontera NorteSur

As was predicted, the procedural vote on moving forward the Hoeven-Corker amendment to the U.S. Senate’s immigration reform bill passed by a hefty majority (67-27) on Monday, June 24, paving the way for final approval of the legislation.

Border militarization by Congress threatens to derail immigration reform bill

The fence separating the United States and Mexico stretches across southern Arizona. (Photo courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

The fence separating the United States and Mexico stretches across southern Arizona. (Photo courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

“Congress has it exactly backwards — border security conflicts are just a symptom of failed immigration policy. Our elected leaders need to focus on crafting a more efficient, humane immigration system that reduces the pressure for destructive enforcement activities in our fragile borderlands.”

— Randy Serraglio, Center for Biological Diversity

Congress aims to stop 90 percent of illegal border crossings

Barbara Corbellini Duarte

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – A group of House members wants to ensure border security before discussing comprehensive

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., proposes an amendment to use biometric identification to monitor documented immigrants from their entrance in the country, through airports, ports or borders, until they leave. (SFHWire photo by Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., proposes an amendment to use biometric identification to monitor documented immigrants from their entrance in the country, through airports, ports or borders, until they leave. (SFHWire photo by Barbara Corbellini Duarte)

immigration reform.

On Wednesday, members of the House Homeland Security Committee amended and approved the Border Security Results Act of 2013 and sent it to the floor.

“We have seen the promises of border security coupled with immigration reform go unfulfilled in the past,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chair, said. “If Congress again addresses immigration changes without focusing on the root of the problem we will undoubtedly repeat this debate a decade from now.”

Citizenship main topic at first immigration hearing

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, right, pushes for full-fledged citizenship for undocumented immigrants at a House committee hearing on immigration reform. He is sitting next to Puneet Arora, vice president of Immigration Voice, who supports citizenship for those with scientific degrees.  (SHFWire photo by Jasmine Aguilera)

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, right, pushes for full-fledged citizenship for undocumented immigrants at a House committee hearing on immigration reform. He is sitting next to Puneet Arora, vice president of Immigration Voice, who supports citizenship for those with scientific degrees.
(SHFWire photo by Jasmine Aguilera)

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – A pathway to citizenship was the main topic of discussion Tuesday at a House hearing, the first to take place since proposals for immigration reform were introduced in the new Congress.

Protesters interrupt a hearing on immigration reform and chant “undocumented and unafraid.” The hearing took place Tuesday and was the first since reform proposals were introduced in the new Congress. (SHFWire photo by Jasmine Aguilera)

Protesters interrupt a hearing on immigration reform and chant “undocumented and unafraid.” The hearing took place Tuesday and was the first since reform proposals were introduced in the new Congress. (SHFWire photo by Jasmine Aguilera)

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro pushed for citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.

“I believe that is the best way and it is in our nation’s best interest,” Castro said. “We’re a nation of immigrants. We’ve progressed because we are pragmatic. Complete citizenship is in our national interest, our economic interest.”

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