Obama reverses Bush' Immigration policy (WITH A WONDERFUL UPDATE)
Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 11:00:48 AM PST
SAN FRANCISCO - The Obama administration quietly announced last week that it would overturn one of the harsh immigration enforcement measures enacted by the Bush administration following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Beginning next month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said, those who arrive in the United States fleeing torture or persecution abroad will no longer automatically be welcomed with handcuffs and months in a jail cell. Instead, many of those seeking protection will again be permitted to live freely in the country while their applications for permanent asylum are considered by an immigration judge.
The measure is the latest in a string of little-noticed initiatives by the Obama DHS to reconsider some of the most controversial enforcement policies of the past decade. The administration in August launched an overhaul of the immigration detention system, which had grown out of control as the number of detainees doubled in just five years to more than 440,000 annually. Some of those were simply lost in the system, while others fell ill and died due to poor medical care, and the administration has pledged to stop such abuses. That same month, it moved families out of the notorious T. Don Hutto immigrant detention facility in Texas, which had become a national disgrace after revelations that pregnant women and small children were being held there in prison-like conditions.
The administration has also largely halted workplace raids that resulted in jailing, deportation and even criminal charges for many unauthorized workers, and is focused instead on in-depth audits of companies suspected of hiring those workers. And DHS has curbed the authority of state and local police forces to demand immigration documents from anyone stopped for minor offenses like traffic violations, saying that such checks should be done only for those jailed on criminal charges, particularly for serious criminal offenses. To drive home the point, DHS in October stripped the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona of federal authority to make immigration-related arrests.
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Just another couple of things:
Midwest business jumps near four-year highs in December:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Business activity in the U.S. Midwest expanded far more than expected in December, hitting its highest in nearly four years on a massive recovery in employment and accelerating new orders.
The most admired man in America:
..."Obama dominates the field among men at 30%, though his support also shows a partisan split. He was named by more than half of Democrats but just 7% of Republicans.
Though the president's job-approval rating has eroded during his first year in office, his standing as the most-admired man demonstrates "a very strong fan base," says Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief... "
Idaho’s entire K-12 public school system is getting upgrade thanks to the recovery act:
Idaho’s entire K-12 public school system is getting tune-ups of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, thanks to a $17 million Recovery Act grant from the Department of Energy.
In addition, schools with equipment and facilities that flunk an efficiency assessment will be retrofitted with energy-efficient lighting, heat pumps, heating and cooling systems, and boilers. Ten Idaho engineering firms were contracted to audit all 703 schools in the state to determine which buildings and systems need upgrades the most.
The Homedale school district – site of at least one school dating back to 1940 – was selected as the pilot for the project, which began in June 2009. The overhaul of the boilers, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units in the district’s five schools was completed in October 2009. Over the next two years, the program is estimated to create or save at least 150 jobs, according to the Department of Energy, which is also funding Idaho’s Energy Efficiency Project.
And on a personal note, i just want to thank all who were so kind to me the other day. Thank you so much. This is for you. :)