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The killing of a young woman in San Francisco by an unauthorized immigrant has sparked a debate over the role of "sanctuary" cities. (Photo: Michelle Prevost)
The recent fatal shooting of a woman in San Francisco by an unauthorized immigrant dramatically revived the dormant debate on so-called sanctuary cities. The death of Kathryn Steinle sparked members of Congress, lately quiet on the immigration front, to spring into action and introduce multiple bills to sanction cities that decline to cooperate fully with federal immigration enforcement authorities. Separately, the controversy over San Francisco’s release of the unauthorized immigrant charged in the killing after he had been on track for deportation gave a rocky start to the Obama administration’s rollout of the successor to the controversial Secure Communities program, until recently the primary vehicle for federal-local relations on immigration enforcement.
The aftermath of the shooting, which propelled illegal immigration to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign, has also served as a reminder of the fragility of the politics of immigration—that one single event can galvanize a national public response and shift the direction and momentum of the immigration debate. In many ways, the Steinle tragedy is similar to last summer’s short-term surge of Central American unaccompanied children and families arriving at the border, which triggered a renewed debate over border security and hardened public opinion on immigration.
On July 1, 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was killed as she walked on a San Francisco pier by alleged gunman Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico. Lopez-Sanchez had previously been deported five times, served more than 15 years in federal prison on unlawful re-entry charges, and been convicted of four drug-related charges.
Congress wasted no time in responding to the killing. Republican lawmakers quickly introduced a flurry of bills targeting “sanctuary cities”—at least five in the Senate and eight in the House—and Ms. Steinle’s father testified before House and Senate committees. On July 23, the House passed the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which would prevent cities that limit their cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from receiving certain federal law enforcement grants. In the Senate, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced Kate’s Law, a bill that would fence off additional federal grants from cities that resist cooperation with ICE and establish a mandatory minimum sentence for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported. Other GOP measures in play range from making sanctuary policies illegal, to granting state and local police more authority to enforce immigration law. California’s senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, have also announced their intention to craft legislation requiring local law enforcement officials to notify ICE when an unauthorized immigrant with a felony conviction is released, if ICE requests such notification. With Congress on summer recess, these measures could become fodder for fall appropriations fights and pave the way for an immigration standoff if lawmakers attempt to link them to must-pass spending bills. The White House has already indicated it would veto such measures.
In addition to drawing strong congressional reaction, the Steinle killing has complicated the implementation of a new Obama administration initiative, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Coincidentally also launched on July 1, PEP represents an approach to federal-local cooperation on immigration enforcement more tailored to the demands of individual jurisdictions. PEP aims to limit ICE requests for local law enforcement collaboration on high-interest immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes or are seen as a national-security
Comment: American's Oppose Cutting Legal Immigration
Today's Immigration Daily carries various items of interest, including articles about Americans' opinion on Legal Immigration; and FINRA Rule Regarding Payments to Foreign Agents. Also find blog postings about BALCA Determining that Employer-Provided Survey is Acceptable Without Arithmetic Mean; and a news item about the USCIS Simplifying the Immigrant Fee Payment Process.
Focus: Seminar - Physician Immigration for Experts
The third session of the ILW.com seminar series, "Physician Immigration for Experts" will be taking place this Thursday, September 3rd. The Discussion Leader is Robert Aronson and other speakers for this series include Dan Berger, Kristen Harris, Matthew Shick, Greg Siskind, Heather Sivaraman and Barry Walker. The curriculum is as follows:
FIRST Phone Session on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - THE ROLE OF IMG'S IN THE NATION'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
(You will receive a CD-ROM of this session)
What are the challenges/inadequacies in the physician workforce
Where do INGs fit in to address physician shortages
What have we learned over the years on the practice patterns of IMGs
SECOND Phone Session on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - WORKAROUNDS
Gallup released today the latest iteration of the longest running survey of the public’s views on immigration in the United States. The poll provides a strong rebuke to voices on and off Capitol Hill agitating for lowering legal immigration on the grounds that Americans are fed up with the current system.
Since 1965, Gallup has asked Americans whether immigration should be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased. In the 1990s, support for further restriction peaked at 65 percent before falling dramatically (for the full historical trends, see here).
This year, it reached the lowest level, 34 percent, of any point since 1965.
Meanwhile, opposition to cuts — support for increasing the level or keeping it the same — hit 65 percent this year, the highest amount of support for at least the current level of immigration since the poll was taken.