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May 2014 Archives

Texas Releases Hundreds of Immigrants Due to Lack of Space in Detention Centers

Texas Releases Hundreds of Immigrants Due to Lack of Space in Detention Centers

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in Texas are being freed under supervision in Arizona because the detention centers in the Lone Star State do not have enough space for them due to an avalanche of immigrants entering illegally from Mexico. continue reading »

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Decries Republican Attack on DREAMers

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Decries Republican Attack on DREAMers

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), an original co-author of the DREAM Act, strongly criticized a House Republican amendment aimed at undermining the Obama Administration’s efforts to prevent the deportation of young people brought to this country as children continue reading »

Catholic Bishops Pray for Immigrants in Washington

Catholic Bishops Pray for Immigrants in Washington

Several Catholic bishops celebrated a Mass on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of immigration in a church near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where they will meet with members of Congress to ask them to approve immigration reform. continue reading »

President Obama Postpones Deportation Review

President Obama Postpones Deportation Review

President Barack Obama's decision to postpone until August completion of a review of the deportation policy so as not to torpedo immigration reform in Congress was received on Wednesday with criticism by activists and skepticism by Republicans. continue reading »

Latino Immigrants Give Up Dream of Homeownership in U.S.

Latino Immigrants Give Up Dream of Homeownership in U.S.

A poster in the window of a Queens, NY real estate office proclaims: “Immigration reform is coming, so buy your house in your country, Colombia.” It’s far from certain that Congress will enact changes to the nation’s immigration laws. But that hasn’t stopped this real estate agency, and others like it in immigrant neighborhoods, from trading on a growing sentiment among Latino immigrants. continue reading »

Immigrant Activists Begin Trek Through Arizona Desert Same Taken by Undocumented

Immigrant Activists Begin Trek Through Arizona Desert Same Taken by Undocumented

Fifty activists from the United States, Canada, Central America and Mexico on Monday began a trek on foot that will take them to Arizona by the same route used by undocumented migrants in crossing the desert. continue reading »

Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today

Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today

Each year, roughly 8,000 immigrants join the U.S. military, bringing linguistic skills and cultural diversity that enrich each branch of the Armed Forces. Nearly 65,000 service members have become naturalized U.S. citizens since continue reading »

Mass Deportations are Alienating Young Latino Voters from the Democratic Party

The United States government has been deporting large numbers of undocumented migrants as of late, and the majority of them are Latino. In addition to negatively affecting the individuals removed from the country, this policy also affects many people who remain, such as continue reading »

Activists Demand Georgia Universities End Discrimination Against Undocumented

Activists Demand Georgia Universities End Discrimination Against Undocumented

Activists protested Tuesday in front of the offices of the Georgia Board of Regents to demand an end to a measure that bars undocumented students from admission to the state's five most-selective public universities. continue reading »

Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children—often referred to as DREAMers—have grown up here, gone to school here, and formed deep roots in local communities. And while their immigration status prevents them from voting or even accessing affordable higher education in some states, DREAMers are civically active in pushing for reforms to the nation’s immigration policies that personally affect them and their families continue reading »

Organization Implements Emergency Watering Stations in Arizona Desert

Organization Implements Emergency Watering Stations in Arizona Desert

With the aim of saving the lives of undocumented migrants who venture into the Arizona desert during the summer, the Humane Borders organization will install five new water stations in the areas through which the greatest flows of immigrants pass. continue reading »

Immigration Expected to be Decisive Issue in Close Congressional Races

Immigration Expected to be Decisive Issue in Close Congressional Races

A survey of voters who will decide this year's most competitive congressional races found 71 percent support for immigration reform, online publication Politico said Monday. continue reading »

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

Counties Limit ICE Detainers As DHS Secretary Says He’s Taking a ‘Fresh Look’

As a growing number of states and counties end or limit their cooperation with immigration detainers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he is taking a “fresh look” at Secure Communities, a program that started in 2008 that allows local law enforcement to share fingerprints of people booked in jails with federal immigration officials continue reading »

NELSON BALIDO: Confusion Reigns in Border Security Debate

NELSON BALIDO: Confusion Reigns in Border Security Debate

When we hear Congress call for securing our border, what exactly does that mean? What should it mean? Cries from misinformed politicians for more security might poll well in some districts come election time, but the real issues about border security go beyond having more people on patrol or more surveillance equipment monitoring desolate areas. It’s about ensuring a process of reliable checks and balances is put in place. continue reading »

Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts

Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts

News stories and NGO reports continue to document the plight of “unaccompanied children,” and their complex legal issues were brought to the attention of Congress when Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee last month that the Department of Justice needs to do more to address the problem of unaccompanied children in immigration courts. continue reading »