Tag: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Undocumented Life: One year later, an immigrant gets a Christmas wish

Leticia Morua stands in her son Jose’s bedroom in their Bolingbrook home. She had been placed under deportation proceedings, but then an immigration judge  granted her requests for “cancellation of removal,” which makes her a legal resident. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Leticia Morua had lost hope. The mother of three was severely depressed and the threat of losing her children worried her sick. “I didn’t care about anything. I just kept thinking that I didn’t want to be separated from my children,” she said. “I was worried about the state taking my children away.” The 38-year-old had been... Read more »

The allure of 'secure'

A year after Secure Communities, a controversial immigration enforcement program at the center of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, was launched, Janet Napolitano, then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, described the program as an “effective tool to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety.” But the cover... Read more »

Gutierrez warns immigrants about possible fraud

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez warned immigrants Tuesday about possible scams that seek to exploit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new policy to use “prosecutorial discretion” in prioritizing its deportation cases. “There are scoundrels out there who prey on the fears and hopes of the immigrants,” Gutierrez said during a press conference held at the... Read more »