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The New Operation Wetback: Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the Obama Era

Last week Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) joined a demonstration in Washington D.C. to protest the refusal of President Obama to use his executive powers to halt the deportations of the undocumented. Gutierrez’ arrest came only two days after Obama had addressed a conference of the National Council of La Raza. continue reading »

Running from Violence, Young Student Finds Cultural Barriers in Her New Country (VIDEO)

Mariana had always dreamt of her quinceañera party. For several months, she and her family planned the celebration, looked for the nicest dress and the best place, sent the invitations and ordered a big cake. But exactly 15 days before the big day, she was kidnaped from her home by a gang of thugs. On April 1st, 2009, 20 men dressed as Mexican police agents broke into her house in a small town in the state of Chihuahua, beat up her father and threatened him and the rest of the family. They took her away for two days and one night. Mariana’s family was required to pay $8,000 to get their daughter back. continue reading »

Showing its true Colors: Dept of Homeland Security Comes Clean with its Mass Deportation Agenda

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced significant changes to Secure Communities(S-Comm), the department’s signature immigration enforcement program. Starting Friday, DHS will unilaterally rescind Memoranda of Agreement with 42 states that authorized fingerprint information sharing with DHS under the flawed S-Comm progra continue reading »

Border Patrol Accused of Forcing Drug Traffickers to Eat Marijuana & Run Naked in Desert

Yesterday two Border Patrol agents working the Arizona-Mexico border were indicted of violating the civil rights of four convicted drug smugglers in an incident that occurred back in November of 2008. continue reading »

Mexico & 15 Other Latin American Countries File Suit Against Alabama’s New Immigration Law

The list of countries and organizations filing legal briefs against Alabama’s new tough immigration law continues to grow. First came the very much anticipated suit by the U.S. government followed by the Catholic Church and American Civil Liberties Union. continue reading »

NALEO Welcomes Department of Justice Action Against Alabama’s Immigration Law

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s actions on Alabama’s HB 56: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund welcomes the U.S. Department of Justice decision to file a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction against HB 56, an anti-immigrant legislation that is even more flawed than Arizona’s SB1070. continue reading »

Rescue of Illegal Aliens in “Heat Distress” on the Rise Along the Border

With much of the nation locked in a blistering heat wave, the number of illegal aliens who require assistance because of extreme temperatures is on the rise. continue reading »

Noncitizens Right to Pursue Legal Action on Immigration Issues from Abroad Upheld by Courts

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit joined the growing list of courts to reject the government’s attempt to bar noncitizens from seeking reopening or reconsideration of their cases from outside the United States. continue reading »

U.S. Government Files Suit in Court to Stop Alabama’s Immigration Law

The Department of Justice challenged the state of Alabama’s recently passed immigration law, H.B. 56, in federal court. In a complaint and brief filed in the Northern District of Alabama, the department said that various provisions of H.B. 56 conflict with federal immigration law and undermine the federal government’s careful balance of immigration enforcement priorities and objectives. continue reading »

Immigration Judges at Border Have Higher Rate of Denying Asylum Petitions

According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearninghouse shows that immigration judges working at the border are more likely to deny asylum petitions from Mexican nationals than anywhere else in the country. continue reading »

MALDEF Secures Court Victory: Texas Can’t Deny Drivers Licenses to Legally Working Immigrants

Yesterday, the 345th District Court in Travis County granted a declaratory judgment and enjoined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from enforcing rules it created that deny driver’s licenses to immigrants living and working in Texas with authorization from the federal government. continue reading »

Mexico: Fewer Coming, Fewer Leaving, and 3/5 of Unauthorized Have Been Here for a Decade or Longer

Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases a summary of recent data on Mexican migration to and from the United States. This data provides an important reminder that as migration patterns change over time, so too must U.S. immigration policies. continue reading »

Unwarranted Arrest of Civil Rights Attorney Brings Sheriff Joe Arpaio Another Lawsuit

A year after Sunita Patel, a civil rights attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), was arrested while documenting law enforcement activity during protests against Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law, CCR and Patel jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arizona against Maricopa County, Sherriff Joe Arpaio, continue reading »

Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Hearing

While the House Judiciary Committee focused on a very different part of immigration yesterday, its Senate counterpart held a hearing on “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform.” In the hearing, witnesses testified that immigration reform that makes it easier for high-skilled immigrants to come work in the U.S. is not only good policy, but an economic necessity. Brad Smith, General Counsel and Senior VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft testified that smart immigration reform could create more jobs for American workers, something the economy needs as our nation struggles to recover from the recession. continue reading »

An Important Speech for the Hispanic Community- President Obama (VIDEO)

This week, the President went to the National Council of La Raza's annual conference luncheon in Washington, DC. There he discussed how the success of the Latino community is intrinsically tied to the success of our country, telling an audience of more than 2,000 that "the American family is only as strong as the Latino community." continue reading »

NCLR Poll:  Immigration Tops Jobs & Economy as Most Important Issue for Latinos

A poll conducted at the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C. showed that immigration overwhelmingly trumps both the economy and education as the most important issue for Latinos. continue reading »

Deportations Hit 1 Million Since Obama Sworn -In- Sign Petition To HALT Dreamer Deportations

One million[1] -- as unbelievable as it sounds, that’s the number of immigrants the Obama Administration has deported since the President was sworn into office. continue reading »

Even With College Degree, Young Illegal Immigrants Face Low-Skill Jobs

In the same week that California opened up some financial aid for illegal immigrants, a new report finds that many college graduates who entered the country illegally ended up with the same low-skill jobs as their parents, despite dreams of bettering their lives. continue reading »

WATCH:  Rep. Luis Guitierrez Arrested in Front of White House Protesting Immigrant Deportations

Yesterday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the Democrat from Illinois, was arrested at 4:40 pm (EST) for protesting in front of the White House with others against the deportation of undocumented immigrants. continue reading »

Crackdown on Illegal Immigrant Drivers Now Nationwide

The two remaining states that let illegal immigrants get regular driver’s licenses—New Mexico and Washington—are both taking a hard line on out-of-state license applicants. continue reading »