The Austin American Statesman is running a series on an in-depth analysis of deportations from local jails. http://www.statesman.com/news/statesman-investigates/undocumented-immigrants-in-jail-who-gets-deported-2244677.html UT Immigration law specialist Denise Gilman is also mentioned in the story (she will be speaking to my comparative immigration politics course on Friday, March 23).
ICE has opened a new "kindler, gentler" detention center in Texas for men awaiting deportation proceedings: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-detention-salad-bar-20120318,0,7461999.story "It is part of an effort by the Obama administration to improve conditions for
some of the 33,000 people now in detention as their immigration cases are
reviewed." The New York Times also wrote an editorial about the new detention center: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/opinion/immigration-detainees-get-a-better-prison.html
Mississippi is the latest state to pass an "Arizona-style" immigration law: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/16/us/mississippi-immigration-law/index.html "The Mississippi bill includes measures like requiring police to check the immigration status of people who are arrested. It would also prohibit any "business transactions," including renewing a driver's license and getting a business license."