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DOMA Ruling Clears Path for Binational Couples

DOMA Ruling Clears Path for Binational Couples

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 26 2013, 10:45AM

In striking down the DOMA, the Supreme Court also settles a hotly debated issue immigration reform: should LGBT US citizens be allowed to sponsor their partners for green cards. Yes, the court says.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Senate Passes Border Militarization Amendment With Bipartisan Support

Senate Passes Border Militarization Amendment With Bipartisan Support

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 25 2013, 7:00AM

The Senate agreed today on an amendment to the immigration reform bill that will invest billions to double the number of armed agents on the US-Mexico border and build hundreds of additional miles of fences.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

CBO Report Leaves Conservatives With Nothing But Racial Anxiety To Fight Immigration Reform

CBO Report Leaves Conservatives With Nothing But Racial Anxiety To Fight Immigration Reform

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 20 2013, 12:40PM

The Congressional Budget Office report on immigration reform largely settles the economic argument over the bill’s overall benefits. Now conservatives have little but their racial anxieties to fall back on.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Los Otros DREAMers: A Book Of Young People's Deportation and Return To Mexico

Los Otros DREAMers: A Book Of Young People’s Deportation and Return To Mexico

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 12 2013, 4:42PM

A new book project tells the stories of Los Otros Dreamers, young people who were deported or returned from the US to Mexico and are trying to rebuild their lives. The authors have launched a kickstarter campaign to finish the project.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Immigration Debate Begins While Advocates Demand Obama Halt Deportations

Immigration Debate Begins While Advocates Demand Obama Halt Deportations

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 11 2013, 12:40PM

As the Senate prepares to take up the immigration reform bill, immigration advocates are renewing calls on the administration to halt deportations. Meanwhile, Republicans, with some support from Democrats, are pushing the immigration bill to the right.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Report: Immigration Enforcement Takes Heavy Toll On Kids' Physical And Mental Health

Report: Immigration Enforcement Takes Heavy Toll On Kids’ Physical And Mental Health

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 6 2013, 11:20AM

A new report reveals that immigration reform could save hundreds of thousands of children from suffering physical and mental health strains.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Study: Immigrants Put Billions More Into Medicare Than They Use

Study: Immigrants Put Billions More Into Medicare Than They Use

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 30 2013, 11:30AM

New research finds that immigrant communities keep federal health care programs afloat. The data strikes a heavy blow to conservatives who say the U.S. can’t afford immigration reform.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Deported Parents Who Return Found Dead In Desert or Locked Up In Prison

Deported Parents Who Return Found Dead In Desert or Locked Up In Prison

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 22 2013, 11:00AM

As Congress considers immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of deportees are waiting to see if the bill will allow them to return. In the meantime, thousands of returning deportees are dying in the desert or ending up in federal prison.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Immigration Bill Leaps Forward, Heads to Full Senate

Immigration Bill Leaps Forward, Heads to Full Senate

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 22 2013, 7:15AM

The Judiciary Committee passed the bill without rights for LGBT couples, and with new visa provisions tech companies had demanded over labor’s opposition.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Senators Add Protection for Detainees to Immigration Bill

Senators Add Protection for Detainees to Immigration Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 21 2013, 8:40AM

The Judiciary Committee started a long week of immigration reform markup with a series of amendments to protect the rights of detained and deported immigrants.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Harvard Students Demand Investigation Into Heritage Researcher's Immigrant IQ Dissertation

Harvard Students Demand Investigation Into Heritage Researcher’s Immigrant IQ Dissertation

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 20 2013, 10:35AM

Jason Richwine’s dissertation claiming that immigrants of color have low IQs discredited his Heritage Foundation research on immigration reform. Now, Harvard students are asking why the thesis was ever approved.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Senate Amendment Limits Dangerous Deportation Practice

Senate Amendment Limits Dangerous Deportation Practice

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 15 2013, 9:50AM

The Senate Juditiary Committee agreed to amend the immigration reform bill to limit practices that send deportees to dangerous spots on the border and separate family members who migrate together.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Advocates To Obama: Stop Deporting Future Citizens

Advocates To Obama: Stop Deporting Future Citizens

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 13 2013, 1:32PM

Immigration reform advocates are calling on President Obama to stop deportations of people who would become eligible for a path to citizenship under the Senate immigration bill.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Day One Of Immigration Amendments: Enforcement Is Never Enough For Republicans

Day One Of Immigration Amendments: Enforcement Is Never Enough For Republicans

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 10 2013, 9:54AM

As it’s amended the immigration reform bill will move to the right. How far is yet to be seen.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Margaret Cho, Alice Walker and 100 More Artists Call for Humane Immigration Reform

Margaret Cho, Alice Walker and 100 More Artists Call for Humane Immigration Reform

by Julianne Hing on May 8 2013, 1:05PM

Their statement comes just as the Senate takes up its immigration bill.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Senate Battle Lines Drawn on Immigration Bill

Senate Battle Lines Drawn on Immigration Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 8 2013, 11:15AM

Senators in the Judiciary Committee introduced hundreds of amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill yesterday. They could dramatically alter the bill.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

New York Times Recycles Same 'Racist Undertones' It Covers

New York Times Recycles Same ‘Racist Undertones’ It Covers

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 3:15PM

The paper of record’s A1 story could have been about how public policy pushes workers of color to the margins. Instead, it’s about an imagined battle between blacks and Latinos.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Report: Latinos Scared To Report Crime Because of Local Immigration Enforcement

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 2:36PM

A new poll finds that nearly half of Latinos and 70 percent of undocumented immigrants say they’re unlikely to call the cops if they’re the victim of a crime out of fear of immigration enforcement.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration's Economic Drain

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration’s Economic Drain

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 9:00AM

The conservative think tank released a report yesterday to convince lawmakers that immigration reform costs too much. Its claims are mostly false, but they’ve worked before.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Is Facebook's Push for Immigration Reform More Sinister Than It Seems?

Is Facebook’s Push for Immigration Reform More Sinister Than It Seems?

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 1 2013, 2:11PM

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently started a group to back immigration reform. But his real goal may be to secure a source of low-wage workers for businesses like his.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW