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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court grappled last week over whether the state of Arizona has authority to implement standards and penalties on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. The hour-long hearing on Dec. 8 put Arizona, once again, at the center of a conflict between federal and state government over immigration enforcement. The eight…

Janet Napolitano.

WASHINGTON — Criminal deportations have reached a record high in U.S. history, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said last Wednesday. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) deported 392,862 people in fiscal year 2010. Criminal deportations jumped to 195,772 persons in 2010, while non-criminal cases dropped to 197,090. The numbers amount to a 70…

Congressman Howard Berman.

WASHINGTON — Legislation easing the trade embargo against Cuba was postponed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, with some speculating that the vote will resurface after the midterm elections. Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA.), chairman of the committee, released a statement indicating the vote would be delayed because the end of the Congressional session would…

Senator Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON — An amendment to provide undocumented youth a chance to attain legal residency, inserted into a $726 billion military defense bill, deadlocked today. The DREAM Act amendment, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), was proposed as an attachment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate voted 56-43 to stall the bill’s…

Janet Napolitano.

WASHINGTON — Skepticism on comprehensive immigration reform is resurfacing. Leading Hispanic experts discussed federal inaction on immigration reform with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute conference on Sept. 13. While Napolitano emphasized the administration’s efforts to boost security, speakers at the panel said the system requires more tweaking….

Havana, Cuba.

WASHINGTON — As speculation surfaces of oil prospects in Cuba, officials are worried that the United States’ embargo will fall short with trade, as the island continues to attract global investments from countries such as China. “If we insist on maintaining the embargo, other countries will benefit from that increased trade,” said Ronald Saligo, professor…