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Urgent: Call Your Senator Now on Amendments to the Immigration Bill

Urgent: Call Your Senator Now on Amendments to the Immigration Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently debating amendments to the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744). As the committee considers the section of the bill that addresses interior immigration enforcement, we have gotten news that certain harmful amendments could be voted on as soon as today! continue reading »

Corporations Make Millions by Detaining Undocumented Immigrants

Corporations Make Millions by Detaining Undocumented Immigrants

The detention of undocumented immigrants has become a multimillion dollar business for corporations devoted to the administration of prisons and detention centers in states like Arizona, activists say. continue reading »

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting Undocumented Immigrant

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting Undocumented Immigrant

Texas Border Patrol Agent Philip Westerman has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted an undocumented immigrant while she was hospitalized. continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Says Only Immigration Reform Can Stop Deportations

Rep. Gutierrez Says Only Immigration Reform Can Stop Deportations

President Barack Obama will not put a halt to deportations of undocumented immigrants until and unless Congress passes immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez told Efe. Obama could not keep his 2008 promise for immigration reform and made it one of the pillars of his second term, but, according to Gutierrez, the immigrant community "is suffering intensely" due to the deportations. continue reading »

REPORT: Number of Undocumented Children Crossing U.S. Border on Rise

REPORT: Number of Undocumented Children Crossing U.S. Border on Rise

Every day, 80 to 120 children cross the Texas border illegally — and alone. continue reading »

Immigrants Represent Integral Part of Arizona Economy

Immigrants Represent Integral Part of Arizona Economy

The state of Arizona would lose $48.8 billion in economic activity and 581,000 jobs if all the undocumented immigrants left the state, according to figures released Thursday. continue reading »

PEW STUDY: 75% of US Residents Believe Immigration System Needs Fixing

PEW STUDY: 75% of US Residents Believe Immigration System Needs Fixing

Three-quarters of U.S. residents believe that the immigration system needs major changes, including a path toward legalizing the status of the undocumented population, according to a national survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. Of the more than 1,500 people surveyed by Pew early this month, 35 percent said the immigration system should be "completely rebuilt." continue reading »

Immigration Reform Could Fail With Amendments Says McCain

Immigration Reform Could Fail With Amendments Says McCain

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), part of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" who drafted an immigration reform bill, warned Wednesday that the measure could fail if too many amendments are added. continue reading »

New Study: Nearly Half of Latinos Less Likely to Report Crime Due to Immigration Fears

New Study: Nearly Half of Latinos Less Likely to Report Crime Due to Immigration Fears

Federal legislation to improve the nation’s immigration system is taking a step forward this week, when the Senate Gang of 8 immigration bill goes into markup, but advocates today are reminding President Obama of the high cost of strict immigration enforcement and what he can do to alleviate the problem. continue reading »

Dominican Artist’s Miami Mural Portrays Struggle of Undocumented Immigrants

Dominican Artist’s Miami Mural Portrays Struggle of Undocumented Immigrants

The painful experiences of Hispanic immigrants inspired Dominican artist Ruben Ubiera to paint a mural with a message of sympathy and understanding for the undocumented and in favor of a just immigration reform in the United States. continue reading »

Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Second Immigrant Commits Suicide at Detention Center Within a Week

Activists described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. continue reading »

Terrified Nativists Unleash Everything They’ve Got Against Senate Immigration Bill

Terrified Nativists Unleash Everything They’ve Got Against Senate Immigration Bill

Nativists are terrified by the Senate immigration bill. Legal status for most unauthorized immigrants; a pathway to citizenship for those who are legalized; more flexible limits on future immigration—all of these are anathema to the nativist vision of what the United States should become. continue reading »

Activist Sound Alarm as Two Undocumented Guatemalan Immigrants Die in Custody

Activist Sound Alarm as Two Undocumented Guatemalan Immigrants Die in Custody

Activistas described as alarming Friday the fact that two Guatemalan immigrants died in less than a week at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona. "I'm concerned that there is no way for independent groups to verify what is happening inside these detention centers. continue reading »

Man Has to be Rescued After Getting Stuck on Border Fence Razor Wire

Man Has to be Rescued After Getting Stuck on Border Fence Razor Wire

A man believed to be an undocumented immigrant had to be rescued after he attempted to climb over a border fence and became stuck in the razor wire along the California-Mexico border. continue reading »

How New Immigration Bill Could Have Caught Two Suspects Arrested In Connection With Boston Bombing

How New Immigration Bill Could Have Caught Two Suspects Arrested In Connection With Boston Bombing

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced they had arrested three suspects for allegedly helping the Boston Marathon bombers in the aftermath of the attacks. Two of the suspects are Kazakh nationals Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, who had already been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the days following the bombing for overstaying their student visas. continue reading »