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Immigration Rules Hit the Classroom

A new immigration policy at Georgia’s five most competitive colleges has so far resulted in only one illegal immigrant being turned away after being accepted. continue reading »

Border Patrol Answering More Heat-Distress Calls from Illegal Aliens

With temperatures remaining high throughout south Texas, the number of illegal aliens who require assistance due to extreme heat continues to rise. continue reading »

Major Pork Producer Settles Allegations of Immigration-Related Discrimination

The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Farmland Foods Inc., a major producer of pork products in the United States, resolving allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing continue reading »

Virtual Technology Being Applied to Illegal Border Crossings

Technology is now being used to address the challenges of both crossing the border illegally or capturing those that are doing the crossing. continue reading »

Authoritative National Report Condemns Secure Communities Program

National Leaders, Experts, and Victims of S-Comm Conclude Program Should Be Ended. This week, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and others made public an authoritative report condemning the Secure Communities deportation program and recommending its termination. continue reading »

100 Years of Immigration

It's easy to get wrapped up in the current immigration debate, to feel like there's some sort of bottleneck going on, that the U.S. is facing new issues in uncharted territory. This couldn't be further from the truth. The Americans of 100 years ago were facing many of the same issues, some of them feeling overrun by waves of foreign immigrants who came to the U.S speaking a seemingly strange tongue, looking out of place, and amassing in new, ethnic communities. The only difference between now and then is where these immigrants are coming from. For example, in 1910 the U.S. issued 1,041,570 green cards. In 2010, the U.S. issued 1,042,625 green cards continue reading »

Cecilia Muñoz Answering DREAM Act Questions on Twitter

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new strategy that focuses immigration resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first. Following the announcement, Cecilia Munoz, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, answered your questions on Twitter, continue reading »

Case-by-Case Review for Undocumented Aliens in Line for Deportation

President Obama has announced that his administration will take the 300,000 deportation cases for illegal immigrants and review them on a case-by-case basis. The new policy calls for giving a chance for undocumented immigrants who don’t have criminal records to stay in the U.S. by suspending deportation proceedings against them. continue reading »

U.S. Being Forced to Release New “Embarrassing” Documents Related to Secure Communities Program

In the wake of protests and civil disobedience in Chicago and across the country criticizing the Obama administration’s Secure Communities program, immigrant advocates called on the government to turn over remaining documents about the program sought in a Freedom of Information lawsuit and to halt the controversial program. continue reading »

The Ridiculous:  A U.S.-Mexico Border Wall and Asking If You Have You Ever Had Sex With Rick Perry

As certain Latino voters are trying to figure out what Governor Rick Perry’s stance will be on immigration (not good probably given his insistence Texas eliminate its sanctuary city policy) he makes a passing statement that is overshadowed by his sex life. Yes folks, welcome to the 2012 Presidential election campaign. continue reading »

Another Drug Tunnel Between Mexico & U.S. Found in Arizona

U.S. Immigration agents and Border Patrol have located another drug tunnel running between the U.S. and Mexico this week. The tunnel small by comparison to the tunnel found several days ago that was 980-feet long. continue reading »

POLL:  Voters Not As Concerned Anti-Immigration Efforts Will Violate Their Own Civil Rights

Voters are showing less concern that anti-immigration efforts will also end up violating civil rights and most continue to oppose automatic citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrants. continue reading »

ACLU Sues Over Shackling of Non-Violent Immigration Detainees

The American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Lawyers' Committee), and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) filed a class action suit on behalf of adult immigration detainees, all of whom appear in immigration court shackled at the wrists, waist, and ankles, regardless of their history or capacity for disruption. continue reading »

The White House Responds: In the Debate Over Immigration and Deportations, the Facts Matter

As too often happens in the debate over immigration, anger and heated rhetoric from all sides dominate while the facts tend to get lost along the way. So it’s important to set the record straight. Fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needs has been and continues to be a priority for President Obama. continue reading »

Immigration Services Launches Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, is now available in Spanish and accessible to residents in 16 additional states continue reading »

Families, Church Officials Search for Northbound Mexicans who Disappear

Ricardo Salazar Sanchez boarded a northbound bus in the central state of Guanajuato with 22 fellow residents for a journey to the U.S.-Mexico border -- and a subsequent attempt at crossing into Texas, where potential construction jobs awaited. continue reading »

AZ Governor Jan Brewer Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Hold on SB1070

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fulfilled her promise to fight for the enactment of SB 1070, the state’s strict immigration bill, in its totality all the way to the Supreme Court. Late today she filed an appeal with the Supreme Court to overturn a lower state court ruling that put on hold on certain portions of the bill. continue reading »

Mexicans Seeking Asylum: A Facet of U.S.-Mexican Political Entanglements

A young policewoman feels trapped living in abysmal despair after fleeing a Mexican town near the border. She attempted to uphold the law in a society fed by narco-violence, but faced insurmountable opposition. Now, her only escape hinges on the uncertainty of the U.S. legal system. continue reading »

Alabama Issues Response in Court to Multiple Court Filings Against Its Immigration Law

The state of Alabama has filed a response to the multitude of lawsuits against its new immigration law, H.B. 56. In its filing, consisting of 159 pages, the state asserts that its new law is cooperative in nature with federal immigration law and wholeheartedly denies the law is in anyway discriminatory. continue reading »

Encouraging Entrepreneurs and High Skilled Workers through Immigration Changes

The United States has a long, rich history of welcoming innovative entrepreneurs and skilled workers into our country. These men and women fuel our nation’s economy by creating jobs, and promoting new technologies and ideas. Thursday I joined Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano continue reading »