Immigration Blog

Florida Law Enforcement Now Using DHS Fingerprint Database

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are sharing a new fingerprint database to identify foreign nationals, documented or otherwise, taken into custody in Florida.  Previously, fingerprints taken from arrestees were only compared against the Department of Justice’s fingerprint database. The program allows local authorities to better identify foreign nationals who have been arrested and if they are deportable under immigration laws.  ICE receives this information and evaluates […]

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Department of Justice Files Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law

Citing violations of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (which prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s authority to set national policy), the Department of Justice has filed suit to challenge the state of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070. In a statement dated July 6th, the DOJ says that the law “will place significant burdens on federal agencies, diverting their resources away from high-priority targets,” and “will also result in the harassment and detention of foreign visitors […]

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July 4th Weekend Welcomes New American Citizens

For many, the recent 4th of July holiday meant a time to celebrate with family and friends over hot dogs and fireworks displays.  For another group of people, the weekend was a time to celebrate their new status as naturalized U.S. citizens. Beginning July 1st, in more than 55 ceremonies across the nation, 3,800 individuals were sworn in as American citizens.  The ceremonies are part of a weeklong celebration, hosted by the USCIS, celebrating the […]

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