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The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program: A Fact Sheet

Immigration law is highly complex. Determining which non-citizens are “lawfully” or “unlawfully” present and whether they should be allowed to stay in the United States are complex matters which involve the interpretation of a range of federal laws and regulations, broad policy considerations, and prioritization of existing resources, to name just a few considerations. continue reading »

Just in Time for the Holidays: Congress Moves 4 Million Children Closer to Poverty

Just in Time for the Holidays: Congress Moves 4 Million Children Closer to Poverty

Congress has been unable to pass any meaningful immigration legislation this year, but the House couldn’t miss a chance to stick it to immigrants by going after their U.S. citizen children in a recent tax bill. While Americans are debating whether taxes on millionaires should be raised, the House, at least, is planning to raise taxes on the most vulnerable of American citizens. continue reading »

Immigration Showdown in Arizona by Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

Immigration Showdown in Arizona by Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that it will hear arguments in June concerning Arizona’s controversial immigration measures, the infamous SB 1070 signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2010. continue reading »

Testimony Before Congressional Ad Hoc HB56 Hearing on Alabama Crisis

Testimony Before Congressional Ad Hoc HB56 Hearing on Alabama Crisis

Mary Bauer from the Southern Poverty Law Center gave testimony to Congress about the Alabama crisis and suggested that we share it. I don’t think anyone else has so clearly described the situation down there. continue reading »

Polls Reveal Even Conservative Voters Favor Path to Legal Status for Unauthorized Immigrants

Polls Reveal Even Conservative Voters Favor Path to Legal Status for Unauthorized Immigrants

Immigration is a hot issue in the GOP primary debates, complete with extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric and far-fetched policy proposals. Michele Bachman, for example, continue reading »

Note to Alabama Legislators: Anti-Immigrant = Anti-Business= Anti-Economy

Note to Alabama Legislators: Anti-Immigrant = Anti-Business= Anti-Economy

It's getting even worse in Alabama, folks, and the pain is spreading beyond. Just a couple of days after a Mercedes Benz executive from Germany was arrested and taken into custody under Alabama's worst-in-the-country immigration law, HB 56, a continue reading »

Rejoice: FDA Approves New Hangover Pill

Rejoice: FDA Approves New Hangover Pill

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a “hangover pill” strong enough to take on any college sponsored Four Loko-thon (unfortunately, the threat of mixing energy and alcohol came first, prompting a ban on the caffeinated malt beverage.) continue reading »

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health on FDA’s Emergency Contraception Ruling

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health on FDA’s Emergency Contraception Ruling

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is deeply disappointed by today’s FDA ruling to withhold emergency contraception medication, Plan B One-Step, from teens under 17 without a prescription. After review of safety data, the FDA found no reason to continue to continue reading »

Giselle: Being Attacked For Being A Gay Latina Teenager (VIDEO)

Giselle: Being Attacked For Being A Gay Latina Teenager (VIDEO)

My name is Giselle Ramirez and I am a working class-chicana, a proud queer woman, concerned citizen of the world, and a conscientious objector to dehumanization. continue reading »

UPDATE: American Heritage Dictionary Responds to “Anchor Baby” Definition Criticism

UPDATE: American Heritage Dictionary Responds to “Anchor Baby” Definition Criticism

the executive editor of the dictionary has agreed to revise the definition of to reflect the derogatory nature of the term. In conversations with Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center, Executive Editor Steven Kleinedler continue reading »

Mitt Romney’s “Solution” to Immigration Calls for Latino Immigrants to Go “Home”

Mitt Romney’s “Solution” to Immigration Calls for Latino Immigrants to Go “Home”

Mitt Romney has officially staked out the most extreme immigration position possible: the removal of every undocumented immigrant in the nation. His message to Latino immigrants is: "go home." continue reading »

Jose Antonio Vargas Reports: The Tragic Death Of Joaquin Luna

Jose Antonio Vargas Reports: The Tragic Death Of Joaquin Luna

An 18-year-old in Texas took his own life fearing he didn't have much of a future. Shortly after kissing his family members goodbye, and dressed in a suit and tie, Joaquin Luna continue reading »

Gingrich Sees Immigrants as Humans- Will He Be Nominated?

Gingrich Sees Immigrants as Humans- Will He Be Nominated?

Can GOP voters stomach a presidential candidate who talks about undocumented immigrants without calling them “illegals”? Can the tea party base that’s driving the Republican party handle a presidential hopeful who acknowledges the impossibility of deporting every one of the estimated 11 million continue reading »

Contradictory Immigration Laws Leave Families in Limbo

Contradictory Immigration Laws Leave Families in Limbo

The contents of Maria Teresa Fuentes’ immigration file take up an entire table. Legal appeals, government letters carrying bad news, attorney advertisements clipped from newspapers, technical explanations of cryptic immigration laws continue reading »

The Holiday Season for the Families of Missing People

The Holiday Season for the Families of Missing People

As the holiday season goes into high gear and Thanksgiving is approaching, we in America have a lot to be thankful for continue reading »