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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Day Labor Ban

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Day Labor Ban

by Michelle Chen on June 15 2010, 1:30PM

The courts have delivered a mixed bag for immigrants in recent days. The Supreme Court issued a breakthrough decision for immigrants yesterday, restoring some judicial discretion to the deportation process. But in California, a federal appeals court upheld a local…

Topics: Immigration

Unanimous Supreme Court Narrows Deportation Pipeline

Unanimous Supreme Court Narrows Deportation Pipeline

by on June 14 2010, 11:48PM

In a hugely significant unanimous decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a documented immigrant convicted of two minor drug-possession crimes will not face mandatory deportation. The ruling could drastically alter implementation of a controversial 1996 law that limited discretion…

Topics: Immigration

Study: Latino Immigrants Choose 'White' Pass

Study: Latino Immigrants Choose ‘White’ Pass

by Michelle Chen on June 14 2010, 2:56PM

With draconian anti-immigrant laws and deportation dragnets in high gear, it looks like America’s racial barriers are hardening against the Latino community. But who draws those lines? Researchers from University of Illinois and Ohio State have examined the racial identities…

Topics: Immigration

The Border Violence Lie Infographic

The Border Violence Lie

by Julianne Hing, Hatty Lee on June 14 2010, 12:00PM

Politicos justify our increasingly militarized southern border by pointing to public safety. But the only violent spike on record is the death of unarmed civilians.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

FBI Opens Civil Rights Probe on Border Patrol Shooting

FBI Opens Civil Rights Probe on Border Patrol Shooting

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2010, 11:42AM

Scene where Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca was shot dead underneath the border crossing in El Paso June 7, 2010. On Friday, the FBI added a civil rights investigation to its ongoing probe into last week’s Border Patrol shooting of 15-year-old…

Topics: Immigration

Trying To Win An Election In Arizona? Propose Tent Cities

Trying To Win An Election In Arizona? Propose Tent Cities

by Julianne Hing on June 11 2010, 1:43PM

The Arizona gubernatorial primaries aren’t till August, but GOP candidates hoping to best current frontrunner Governor Jan Brewer need to start picking up the pace if they want to make a dent in her solid polling numbers. Enter Dean Martin,…

Topics: Immigration

Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Teen Pulled Gun First [Video]

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2010, 1:25PM

Univision obtained a cell phone video showing that the Border Patrol agent who killed 14-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca pulled his gun long before rocks were thrown. The video shows the agent riding on his bike when he stops…

Topics: Immigration

Today in Anti-Muslim Party Politics: Dutch Edition

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2010, 12:15PM

With the Tea Party making inroads in primaries across the country, you might think the rabid outbursts and vapid sloganeering are a peculiarly American phenomenon. But in fact, Thursday’s elections in the Netherlands show that the U.S. has no monopoly…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Conflicting Reports Of Border Patrol Shooting

by Julianne Hing on June 9 2010, 6:27PM

FBI officials and eyewitnesses agree that rocks were thrown Monday evening right before a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 15-year-old boy who was on the Mexican side of the El Paso-Juarez border. They also agree that the slain…

Topics: Immigration

Latinos Leave Arizona in Droves

Latinos Leave Arizona in Droves

by Jamilah King on June 9 2010, 2:33PM

If the understated intention of Arizona’s new immigration law was to maintain the state’s white majority, it appears to be working.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

by Brentin Mock on June 9 2010, 12:00PM

A sheriff has set up checkpoints and called federal agents to BP’s cleanup sites because he says “illegal aliens” are building “criminal enterprises”—just like they did after Katrina.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

Anger, But No Shock at Border Patrol Shooting of Teen

by Julianne Hing on June 8 2010, 7:35PM

Maria del Rosario and Maria Guadalupe Huereca, sister and mother of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca. Last night a 14-year-old boy named Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca on the Mexican side of the El Paso-Juarez border was shot and killed by a…

Topics: Immigration

BREAKING: La. Sheriff Ordered ‘Illegal Alien’ Probe of Oil Spill Workers

by Guest Columnist on June 8 2010, 6:58PM

By Brentin Mock St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens acknowledged today that his office requested federal immigration officials search for undocumented workers among those cleaning up BP’s oil spill. After a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department initially denied involvement*—and federal…

Topics: Immigration

Border Patrol Kills Mexican Teen Near El Paso, Texas

by Julianne Hing on June 8 2010, 11:42AM

UPDATE 3:50PM ET: A city spokesperson from teenage victim Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca’s hometown of Juarez condemned the shooting, saying that Hernandez was with other friends playing around the international Paso del Norte bridge. CNN reports that Hernandez, who was…

Topics: Immigration

It’s Official, No Immigration Reform This Year, But More Enforcement Anyway

by on June 7 2010, 2:33PM

The last glimmers of hope that a comprehensive immigration reform bill would pass this year are rapidly fading in Washington. In place of a broad bill, advocates and policy makers are now moving toward a piecemeal approach to immigration reform…

Topics: Immigration

Under Political Siege, Muslim Americans Confront America’s Ugly Side

by Michelle Chen on June 7 2010, 12:02PM

Besieged by media attacks and riven by internal conflicts, Muslim American communities have been wrestling with an identity crisis for years now. The latest slew of “homegrown terrorism” allegations has prompted the Obama administration to show that it’s at least…

Topics: Immigration, National Security, Politics

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

by Kai Wright on June 4 2010, 4:18PM

Federal officials have been targeting BP’s job sites in Louisiana in a hunt for undocumented workers who are risking their lives to clean up the disastrous oil spill.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

Jan Brewer, Obama Have A “Cordial” Chat About SB1070

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 4:23PM

UPDATE 6:30pm ET In her post-meeting press conference, Jan Brewer commented on the ongoing boycott efforts against Arizona. “At this point in time, I don’t think we have felt any of that impact,” she said. Not according to Phoenix Mayor…

Topics: Immigration

Even Border Patrol Says: Talk of Border Violence Overblown

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 12:00PM

You wouldn’t know it from the way Republicans like Senator John McCain and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer talk about the U.S.-Mexico border, but the region is not the lawless, violence-ridden land it’s portrayed to be. At least not according to…

Topics: Immigration

Sex Assault Charges Back in ICE Detention Centers

by on June 3 2010, 11:10AM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement quietly announced last week that it is investigating alleged sexual assault at a privately run immigrant detention center in Texas. The incident is the latest in a string of sexual assault charges and convictions at Texas…

Topics: Immigration