Federal Judge Blocks Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law at Eleventh Hour

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has enjoined the state of Arizona from implementing key provisions of its anti-immigrant law, which is set to take effect at midnight tonight.  Calling it a "substantial likelihood" that the law would lead to "wrongful arrest" of legal resident aliens, Judge Bolton ruled the State may not require police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other violations until courts decide whether the provision is permissible.  She also ruled the State may not require immigrants to carry immigration documentation or prohibit undocumented workers from soliciting employment in public places until those provisions are tested by the courts. 

The 36-page injunction may be read here. We will post updates as available.
 

ICE Trains More State and Local Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Immigration Laws

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it has increased the number of state and local law enforcement officers authorized to enforce the nation's immigration laws under its 287(g) program, bringing the total to 1,200.  Under this program, ICE has the authority to train state and local law enforcement officers on immigration law, intercultural relations, and how to use Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases to help positively identify criminals and immigration violators.  Twenty-six officers from eight states received training in accordance with a memorandum of agreement between their respective jurisdictions and the DHS.  Proponents of the contested Arizona immigration law argue that it is based on the Federal Government's 287(g) program.  The ICE press release can be viewed here.

DHS Announces Advanced Imaging Technology Deployment to 28 Additional Airports

In an effort to strengthen security at the nation's airports, and create local jobs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the deployment of its advanced imaging technology (AIT) at 28 additional airports, bringing the total to 142.  Up to 450 will be in operation in 2010.  AIT technology is designed to bolster airport security by screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats, such as weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.  The machinery is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  AIT screening is optional, allowing passengers to opt for physical pat-downs if they have privacy or other concerns.  The DHS press release, which contains the list of the 28 additional airports, can be found here.

USCIS Extends Deadline for Haitians To Register for Temporary Protected Status

On July 13, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that Haitians who qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now have until January 18, 2011, to register.  The previous registration deadline was July 20, 2010.  For additional information on Haiti TPS and related advocacy efforts, see "Coalition of US Charities Launches Efforts To Support Long-Term Haiti Rebuilding" and "DHS Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status and Provides Other Haitian Relief".

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USCIS Provides "Hire Date" Guidance for E-Verify Users

The USCIS has issued guidance to users of its eVerify system with regard to the "hire date" for new employees.  If the E-Verify record was created before the employee began working for pay, the E-Verify hire date is the date the case was created in E-Verify; if the E-Verify record was created on or after the employee began working for pay, the E-Verify hire date is the date the employee began working for pay.  Employers working under federal contracts containing the FAR E-Verify clause and are creating E-Verify records for existing employees must use the original dates those employees began working for pay, even if completing new I-9 forms.  The USCIS guidance can be found here.