Friday, July 24, 2009

This Week's Current Immigration News

Sheriff Joe (The New Yorker)
In this compelling profile, writer William Finnegan explains how Sheriff Arpaio earned his reputation as "America's Toughest Sheriff." Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona, is one of hundreds of participants in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program called 287(g), which delegates federal immigration enforcement to local law enforcement agencies. Arpaio's harsh treatment of inmates and his raids on Latino towns have resulted in the loss of health accreditation for his county's jails and an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Report Says Immigration Agents Broke Laws and Agency Rules in Home Raids (New York Times)
On Wednesday the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law released a report stating that federal immigration authorities have violated their own rules and the Constitution in hundreds of raids throughout New York and New Jersey. Federal agents acted without judicial search warrants or failed to obtain informed consent for raids. While the raids were supposed to find dangerous criminals, Latinos with civil immigration violations were the target of the vast majority of arrests.

Census Bureau: immigrants and miserly pensions may save Britain (The Guardian)
Around the globe, many countries face aging populations. The shrinking labor pools may strain the economies of the United States, China, Japan, and Italy, just to name a few. However, in Britain, high net immigration will offset a smaller labor pool (as aging workers retire). The total dependency ratio (the ratio of children and pensioners to the total population) is predicted to fall between now and 2020 to the lowest of any large European nation.

-posted by Penny King

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