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House Passes Lamar Smith’s STEM Jobs Act 245-139

House Passes Lamar Smith’s STEM Jobs Act 245-139

In the first vote on an immigration bill since this month’s election, the Republican-controlled House rehashed an old policy and passed a version of a bill that already failed earlier this year, 245-139. Twenty-seven Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the legislation. continue reading »

Deferred Action Immigrants Denied Driver’s Licenses in Arizona

Deferred Action Immigrants Denied Driver’s Licenses in Arizona

A coalition of organizations on Thursday filed suit against the state of Arizona for denying driver's licenses to undocumented young people who have been given a reprieve from deportation under the federal Deferred Action program. continue reading »

Study Confirms Faults With 287(g) Immigration Program

Study Confirms Faults With 287(g) Immigration Program

The Immigration Policy Center on Thursday published a study confirming faults with the 287(g) immigration program at a time when the government is subjecting it to review. continue reading »

Democratic Leaders Present 9 Principles For Immigration Reform

Democratic Leaders Present 9 Principles For Immigration Reform

Democratic leaders of both houses of Congress on Wednesday presented the nine principles that should guide comprehensive immigration reform they say will contribute to the economic recovery. continue reading »

STEM Bill Still Plagued by Politics

STEM Bill Still Plagued by Politics

In 2010, the lame duck session of Congress was dominated by debate over the DREAM Act, which passed the House of Representatives before succumbing to a conservative-led filibuster in the Senate. continue reading »

Deported Mexican Regains Custody of U.S.-born Children

Deported Mexican Regains Custody of U.S.-born Children

A county magistrate in North Carolina ordered Tuesday that a Mexican man deported two years ago receive custody of his three U.S.-born children. continue reading »

GOP Senator: If Immigrants Want A Path To Citizenship, They Can Just Marry Americans

GOP Senator: If Immigrants Want A Path To Citizenship, They Can Just Marry Americans

Lawmakers from both parties have expressed new interest in comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants, after Latino voters overwhelmingly supported President Obama in the presidential election. continue reading »

STUDY: Most Domestic Workers are Undocumented, Paid Poorly and Abused

STUDY: Most Domestic Workers are Undocumented, Paid Poorly and Abused

Domestic workers, most of them undocumented immigrants, receive insufficient pay and are victims of verbal, psychological and physical abuse, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of Illinois at Chicago. continue reading »

Former Massage Parlor Owner Gets Life for Trafficking Undocumented Female Migrants & Abuse

Former Massage Parlor Owner Gets Life for Trafficking Undocumented Female Migrants & Abuse

Alex Campbell, 45, of Glenview, Ill., a former northwest suburban massage parlor owner was sentenced today to life in federal prison for various crimes including sex-trafficking, forced labor continue reading »

Mexican Citizen Sentenced 54 Months in Prison for Trafficking ID’s of Puerto Rican, U.S. Citizens

Mexican Citizen Sentenced 54 Months in Prison for Trafficking ID’s of Puerto Rican, U.S. Citizens

A Mexican national was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for trafficking of identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and corresponding identity documents. continue reading »

Border Patrol Arrests Human Smuggler, 14 Undocumented Immigrants

Border Patrol Arrests Human Smuggler, 14 Undocumented Immigrants

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio, Calif. station stopped a tractor trailer with 14 people inside and arrested one suspected alien smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City, Calif. continue reading »

Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year

Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. continue reading »

Illinois Politicians Support Plan for Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented

Illinois Politicians Support Plan for Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented

Some of the main politicians in Illinois, including Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton, on Tuesday publicly expressed their support for a bill to issue driver's licenses to some 250,000 undocumented immigrants. continue reading »

A Look at Immigrant Detention Facilities: Abuses and Proposed Reform

A Look at Immigrant Detention Facilities: Abuses and Proposed Reform

Last week, Detention Watch Network (DWN) launched its “Expose and Close” campaign, an initiative designed to reveal the egregious human rights violations taking place in immigrant detention facilities throughout the United States and to advocate for reform. continue reading »

Massachusetts to Allow Undocumented to Pay In-State Tuition

Massachusetts to Allow Undocumented to Pay In-State Tuition

On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that, under existing Board of Higher Education policy, certain young immigrants who meet criteria under the federal continue reading »