Research Roundup: Federal Immigration Program Mainly Nets Low-Level Criminals, The GOP Takes Its War on Women to the States, and

Federal Immigration Program Mainly Nets Low-Level Criminals – Of the hundreds of counties in the U.S. participating in the rapidly expanding federal “Secure Communities” program designed to catch and deport immigrants who are dangerous criminals, Arizona’s Maricopa County leads the nation in both the number of immigrants arrested and the number deported. But as this Arizona Republic analysis of the 2-year old program concludes, the majority of the immigrants caught in the county and deported through “Secure Communities” – 66 percent – are in fact either low-level criminals or have no criminal record at all.

The GOP Takes Its War on Women to the States – This report by People for the American Way describes in detail the vast assault on women’s reproductive rights taking place in the states this legislative session. The bills being advanced across the nation include ultrasound requirements, biased counseling, targeted restrictions on abortion providers, “personhood” laws, the legalized murder of abortion providers, and more. As the report notes, these “new and dangerous laws emerging from the states put women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom at grave risk.”

Slashing Subsidies, Bolstering Budgets – As public employees and critical public services find themselves the targets of choice for many state legislatures facing budget shortfalls, this Good Jobs First report highlights how targeting wasteful corporate subsidies and economic development programs can save states billions of dollars. As examples, the authors highlight ten ineffective state programs that, added together, cost $2.8 billion and which could be targeted for elimination or scaled back – programs which have not succeeded in creating or retaining jobs, aid large corporations while shortchanging small businesses, and are subject to little accountability.