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Obama Will Send 1,200 Troops to the Border

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 4:10PM

President Obama plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to bolster border security measures. The troops will be accompanied by an extra $500 million President Obama has promised for border protection and law enforcement work. According…

Topics: Immigration

AZ Sen. Russell Pearce Smells Blood: Intends to Prey on US Citizen Children of Immigrants

by on May 21 2010, 9:30AM

Russell Pearce, the Arizona state Senator who spearheaded SB 1070, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country, is not stopping there. His next assault may be on the 14th Amendment and the citizenship rights of US citizen children of immigrants….

Topics: Immigration

Costa Mesa, Calif. Declares Itself The Anti-Sanctuary City

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 4:15PM

The Costa Mesa city council unanimously passed a resolution at the urging of Mayor Allan Mansoor on Tuesday night declaring itself a “rule of law” city that doesn’t condone unlawful immigration. “I have a lot of concerns with cities calling…

Topics: Immigration

How to Make a Boycott Matter Infographic

How to Make a Boycott Matter

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 12:00PM

The outrage over Arizona has provoked a growing number of efforts to make the state pay. But will it? We consider the landscape of boycotts past and present.

Topics: Immigration

Is the DREAM Act a Military Recruiter’s Dream, too?

by Michelle Chen on May 20 2010, 10:03AM

Activists across the country have rallied around the DREAM Act as a first step toward comprehensive immigration reform. The DREAM Act, which broadens undocumented youths’ access to higher education, basically granting conditional relief to enable students to finish their…

Topics: Immigration

Mexican Pres. Calderon Arrives In U.S., Slams Arizona Law

by Julianne Hing on May 19 2010, 3:59PM

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala arrived in the United States today, and Calderon wasted no time getting down to business. In a joint press conference with President Obama at the White House Rose Garden, Calderon raised…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Rhode Island Introduces SB 1070 Copycat Legislation

by on May 19 2010, 3:29PM

A Rhode Island state lawmaker introduced legislation yesterday that closely resembles Arizona’s SB 1070, the law that criminalizes the presence of undocumented immigrants and essentially requires racial profiling. The Rhode Island bill, H 8142, was introduced by Rep. Peter Palumbo,…

Topics: Immigration

UPDATE: Undocumented Dream Act Students Handed Over to ICE

by on May 19 2010, 1:45PM

UPDATE 1:35PM ET: After their arrest and subsequent apprehension by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yesterday, the three undocumented students who staged a sit-in in Sen. John McCain’s office on Monday were released from custody. The students will still face…

Topics: Immigration

Courage! Undocumented Students Arrested After McCain Sit-in [VIDEO]

by on May 18 2010, 10:50AM

Most people have never done anything so courageous. Of course, most people’s lives don’t depend on it.

Topics: DREAM Act, Immigration

The Arizona Legal Battle is On

The Arizona Legal Battle is On

by on May 17 2010, 8:50PM

The battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 ratcheted up today when a coalition of legal advocates filed a class action suit against the state.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Arizona's Long Walk to SB 1070 Interactive

Arizona’s Long Walk to SB 1070

by Valeria Fern�ndez, Daisy Hernández on May 17 2010, 12:00PM

The Grand Canyon State is now considered a standard-bearer for anti-immigrant backlash. But it didn’t get there on its own. Check our interactive timeline of how the feds pushed Arizona over the right’s edge.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, History, Immigration

McCain Ad Promotes “Danged” Fence He Once Thought Danged Dumb [Video]

by Michelle Chen on May 17 2010, 10:30AM

Sen. John McCain’s touting his 10-point Border Security Plan—a familiar right-wing wish list of ways to militarize the border—in a campaign ad that presents him as just the kind of stalwart border vigilante who could win over angry constituents…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Who is New SEIU President Mary Kay Henry?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on May 14 2010, 10:26AM

Mary Kay Henry has been appointed the new president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union, and the one representing janitors, homecare workers, and security guards—a huge number of whom are people of color. Her predecessor Andy…

Topics: Immigration

Chicano Studies Teach “Ethnic Chauvinism,” Says AZ School Chief Tom Horne

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2010, 11:39AM

Arizona’s State School Superintendent Tom Horne took to the airwaves yesterday to defend HB 2281, the law that he wrote that bans ethnic studies classes in Arizona public schools. He and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson duked it out…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

5 Real Reasons to Ignore Pew's Arizona SB1070 Poll

5 Real Reasons to Ignore Pew’s Arizona SB1070 Poll

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2010, 9:00AM

Big new polls show majority support for Arizona’s new immigration law. Don’t believe them.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, Media

SEIU To Take Up Immigration

by Daisy Hernandez on May 11 2010, 6:45PM

With the health care win behind them, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest growing union in the country, is now turning its sights on immigration, according to The Ballot Box, one of The Hill’s blogs. Javier Morillo, SEIU’s…

Topics: Immigration

Gov. Brewer: Immigrants as Drug Trafficking Thugs

by Kai Wright on May 10 2010, 12:02PM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s going all-in on making her name synonymous with SB 1070. This weekend, she shot back at President Obama’s opposition to the law with a new campaign ad. The ad’s a pretty bleak affair. It first rattles…

Topics: Immigration

America vs. the Census

America vs. the Census

by Kai Wright on May 10 2010, 12:00PM

The country’s 2010 effort to enumerate itself was more ambitious than ever—and may have been more consequential. But it’s complicated by the question it begs: Who does and doesn’t count?

Topics: Immigration, Politics

BREAKING: Minnesota Introduces Its Own Version of AZ’s SB 1070

by Julianne Hing on May 6 2010, 2:10PM

Yesterday, Republican Representative Steve Drazkowski introduced HF 3830, a bill that mirrors Arizona’s recently signed law, SB 1070, that criminalizes undocumented immigrants in the state and empowers law enforcement officers to inquire about the immigration status of people while enforcing…

Topics: Immigration

Florida’s Rubio Supports SB 1070, Not Children of Undocumented

by Jamilah King on May 6 2010, 1:56PM

After a week of flip-flopping on the issue, Florida Republican Senate Candidate Marco Rubio has come out in favor of Arizona’s SB 1070. Rubio, the Miami-born son of Cuban exiles, was recently endorsed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Shortly…

Topics: Immigration