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U.S. Court of Appeals Blocks Key provisions of Alabama and Georgia Anti-Immigrant Laws

Commission Chairman Martin R. Castro, along with Commissioners Roberta Achtenberg, David Kladney and Michael Yaki* applaud the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit which blocks key provisions of Alabama and Georgia’s anti-immigrant laws from taking effect. Monday’s ruling appropriately barred the State of Alabama from requiring schools to verify the immigration status of newly enrolled K – 12 continue reading »

POLL: Obama Has Huge Lead Among Hispanics

Barack Obama and his vice president and running mate, Joe Biden, would receive the support of a robust 63 percent of Hispanic voters compared with 28 percent who would vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Rya continue reading »

DREAMrelief.org- We are Extremely Sorry- Where to Get Help With Applications

Those of you who attended Navy Pier were part of history. While 300 people showed up in Boston and 1500 in Los Angeles, there were more than 14,000 people who joined us at Navy Pier in Chicago. As promised, we were able to provide one-on-one legal help to 1500 people continue reading »

Does Mitt Romney Still think SB 1070 Is A “Model” For The Nation?

The reviews are in about the first few days of deferred action, with a range of observers praising the program and citing inspiring stories of young people who have a new opportunity to contribute to the only country they know as home. Describing an application workshop held by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights continue reading »

California Artist Neil Rivas’ “Illegal Superheroes” - Undocumented Comic Book Heroes (PHOTOS)

An Oakland, California artist is using comic book characters in his satirical poster campaign to address undocumented immigration. Neil Rivas has created a number of posters depicting the characters such as Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Superman, Thor, continue reading »

What the Show Me State Shows Us About Immigration (VIDEO)

According to data released by the Immigration Policy Center, there are approximately 6,500 young people in Missouri who may benefit from President Obama’s plan to grant deferred action to DREAM eligible youth. continue reading »

Attn DREAMers: Web Site to Assist Undocumented Youth in Application Process- Applications Begin 8/15

Congressman Luis Gutierrez joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to announce DREAM Relief Day on August 15 at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm and to unveil the website DreamRelief.org, where undocumented youth will be able to apply for their work permits starting August 15. continue reading »

Don’t Jump to Conclusions About Costs of Deferred Action

The Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday that the deferred action initiative for eligible, young immigrants, which is still under development, could cost more than $585 million. While some critics immediately jumped on this as proof that taxpayers would be made to pay for the new initiative, that’s just not the way things work at USCIS. continue reading »

Lieutenant Governor Makes Plea for Maryland DREAM Act

At the end of its 2011 legislative session, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill that would allow certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland community colleges, joining 12 other states with similar laws. continue reading »

States Asking Government for Access to Immigrant Database

Officials in Texas joined together on July 18 to seek access to an immigration database to ensure that no noncitizens are voting in this year's elections. According to the Houston Chronicle, the state's Secretary of State, Esperanza Andrade, drafted a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to allow access to the database, which is alleged to contain more than 100 million records of immigrants. continue reading »

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee and, as expected, defended the administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion and recently announced deferred action policies for qualified DREAMers—fielding questions and accusations from those who would rather take Napolitano to task than focus on creating smart, humane, and effective immigration policies. continue reading »

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee and, as expected, defended the administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion and recently announced deferred action policies for qualified DREAMers—fielding questions and accusations from those who would rather take Napolitano to task than focus on creating smart, humane, and effective immigration policies. continue reading »

Anti-Racial Profiling Law in New Mexico has Done Little to Stop It

Only 22 percent of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico are complying with the regulations established by a state law to prevent racial profiling, according to a study released Thursday. continue reading »

Two Guatemalan Women Sentenced to 9 Years Each for Human Trafficking

Two Guatemalan women have been sentenced to nine-year prison terms by a Mexican court in a case involving eight children, the Attorney General's Office said. continue reading »

Voter ID Laws Tackle Non-Existent Problem of Immigrant Vote Fraud

It is election season and voter-fraud hysteria is in the air. A raft of restrictive voter ID legislation from coast to coast is aimed primarily at one imaginary problem: fraudulent voting by immigrants who are not U.S. citizens. continue reading »

U.S. and Mexico Meet for Binational Summit on Human Trafficking

More than 100 representatives from the government and private sectors, including high-level law enforcement representatives from the U.S. and Mexico, convened in Los Angeles Thursday for a bination continue reading »

Across the Country, Opposition to “Secure Communities”  Continues to Grow

The drumbeat of criticism about the Obama Administration’s so-called “Secure Communities” program continues, as more cities and states push back against its dragnet approach and insist on local control over police priorities. As we’ve noted before, the ramifications of S-Comm are often eerily similar to the ramifications of Arizona’s SB 1070 continue reading »

Leaders Urge the 8.2 Million with Green Cards to Become Citizens

Hispanic activists say that more than 8 million permanent residents have not become U.S. citizens, and so they continue to be unprotected from aggressive policies against immigrants and are losing political influence. "Every person who qualifies to be a permanent resident and does not apply for citizenship should be aware continue reading »

Rep. Guitierrez Finds Obama’s Dream Relief Right and Legal ; Lamar Smith Misleads From the Start

US News and World Report offers two members of Congress with opposing views on President Obama’s bold move to provide relief to DREAMers. On one side is Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who supports the President’s action: continue reading »

ACLU INFOGRAPHIC - What’s At Stake: SB 1070 at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has upheld SB 1070’s notorious “show me your papers” provision, deciding that it is not preempted by federal law. This provision has been blocked by lower courts in Arizona and other copycat states until now. Discriminatory laws like SB 1070 invite racial profiling of Latinos and others who may look or sound “foreign,” including many U.S. citizens who have lived in America their entire lives. continue reading »