Daily Border Bulletin – Richard Carmona: best hope of turning Arizona blue,How New Immigration Laws Are Changing States, Fewer Illegal Immigrants Stopped for Traffic Violations Will Face Deportation

As the national attention focuses on Arizona for the general election, Richard Carmona former Surgeon General emerges as a possible Senate pick up in the Grand Canyon state. NPR’s Talk of the Nation takes a hard look at how state passed immigration laws are changing the country.  A directive from the Obama Administration has severely curtailed the practice of local police in Deporting undocumented immigrants who are stopped for traffic violations.

Richard Carmona: best hope of turning Arizona blue As the national attention focuses on Arizona for the general election, Richard Carmona former Surgeon General emerges as a possible Senate pick up in the Grand Canyon state. “Richard Carmona, the Democratic candidate for senator from Arizona, had a rough childhood in New York City. His Puerto Rican parents had drug and alcohol problems, and he was homeless for a time. He dropped out of high school and went to Vietnam, where he won two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. When Carmona came back, he put himself through college and became a police officer. He once rescued a man on a cliff by rappelling from a helicopter. Another time, he saved a woman from an assailant and then shot and killed the man when he fired at Carmona.”

How New Immigration Laws Are Changing States NPR’s Talk of the Nation takes a hard look at how state passed immigration laws are changing the country. “Since Arizona passed SB 1070 in 2010, five other states signed similar legislation into law: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Indiana. Some of those laws are on hold pending court rulings, but lawmakers in say they’ve already seen successes, as well as unforeseen consequences.”

Fewer Illegal Immigrants Stopped for Traffic Violations Will Face Deportation A directive from the Obama Administration has severely curtailed the practice of local police in Deporting undocumented immigrants who are stopped for traffic violations. Fewer illegal immigrants stopped by police for minor traffic violations would be held for deportation under changes announced Friday to a federal fingerprinting program, Department of Homeland Security officials said. The policy change on how federal agents will handle illegal immigrants arrested by state and local police for offenses like driving without a license came in the department’s response to a report by a task force on the federal program. One of the task force’s central recommendations was that the program, called Secure Communities, should avoid deportations of traffic violators. The sharply critical task force report, issued last September, argued that such deportations were inconsistent with the department’s stated priorities of removing foreigners with serious criminal records. The increase in deportations of minor offenders under Secure Communities, the task force concluded, was undermining vital ties of trust between local police and immigrant neighborhoods.

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