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ICE Leads Border Raids That Obama Admin Promised to Stop

by Julianne Hing on April 16 2010, 10:38AM

Yesterday, more than 800 law enforcement officials conducted the largest raid on border crossers on both sides of the American and Mexican border. The NY Times called it the largest immigrant smuggling raid in U.S. history intended to take…

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Arizona Legislature Passes Racist Immigration Bill, Advocates Urge Governor’s Veto

by on April 14 2010, 10:00AM

Advocates in the state of Arizona are streaming into Phoenix today to urge Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto what might be the most draconian state immigration law ever passed. The Arizona legislature yesterday voted 21-to-35 along party lines to…

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Reid Plays Political Football with Latinos, Makes U-Turn on Immigration Reform Promise

by on April 13 2010, 5:55PM

Just three days after promising immediate action on an immigration bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that it will have to wait. The about-face exposes what was already pretty clear: Reid’s promise last weekend in front of…

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Senate Majority Leader Promises Immigration Reform Now

by on April 12 2010, 10:00AM

At a rally for immigration reform in Las Vegas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised that Congress would start work on an overhaul when it returns from break today. The announcement came as a surprise, especially after other Democratic leaders…

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287g Local Immigration Enforcement Under Fire

by on April 9 2010, 11:02AM

In Obama’s first 15 months in Office, the US continued to deport record numbers of people. The trends result from the Administration’s continued investment in immigration enforcement programs and quotas that advocates, law enforcement officials and others have long protested….

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Are Haitians Forgoing Temporary Protected Status?

by Michelle Chen on April 3 2010, 7:20AM

Homeland Security recently reported that only a small fraction of Haitian immigrants potentially eligible for special immigration relief through Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have actually sought that benefit. Immigrant advocates and humanitarian groups lauded the granting of TPS in the…

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ICE Caught In A Lie, And Immigration Advocates Demand Accountability

by Julianne Hing on April 1 2010, 4:34PM

In the fallout after this weekend’s WaPo article revealed that ICE enforcement policies included deportation quotas, a practice that ICE had previously denied, groups have rallied together to call for ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton’s firing. The Fair Immigration Reform…

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Deportation Infographic

Deportation “Quota”—What It Really Means

by Hatty Lee, Hatty Lee on March 31 2010, 5:42PM

In a bout of messaging confusion, the Washington Post reported that James M. Chaparro, head of detention and removal operations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced the agency was well on its way to deporting a record 150,000 people with…

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Supreme Court Gives Immigrants New Rights

by on March 31 2010, 4:00PM

The Supreme Court today granted immigrants facing detention new rights and protections. The ruling in Padilla v. Kentucky requires defense attorneys to accurately advise their non-citizen clients of the potential immigration consequences of pleading guilty to a crime. Under…

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Quotas or Not, Deportation is a Wrecking Ball

by on March 30 2010, 1:59PM

The NYTimes published another searing piece by Nina Bernstein yesterday about immigrant detention and deportation. The US is deporting mentally disabled people, some coming directly out of mental hospitals who, Bernstein writes, “are too mentally ill or mentally disabled to…

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The Morning Browse: Noose Faxes, GOP’s Immigration Rhetoric, and More

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 9:37AM

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The Tea Party onslaught continued yesterday as Rep. James Clyburn told Keith Olbermann about noose faxes to his office - “This stuff is not all that isolated.” GOP…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Health, Immigration, Politics

In Race for California Governor, Who Will Alienate Immigrants The Most?

by Julianne Hing on March 22 2010, 9:40PM

Steve Poizner’s ad is set to air in California starting Tuesday. It’s an inflammatory ad, and one that’s presumably meant to put the no-name candidate on the map against his better-known opponents like Meg Whitman. The competition now among…

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Obama’s Address to Immigration Rally [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2010, 11:02AM

Obama’s recorded message for Sunday’s immigration rally was very clear: “I pledge to do everything in my power to forge a bipartisan consensus on this issue this year.” But for many immigrants that have been following the immigration debate,…

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Scenes from ‘March of America’ Immigration Rally [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2010, 5:56PM

Rep. Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.), Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) and AFL- CIO Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker speak at March for America rally. Carlos Saavedra, organizer with United We Dreams (Dream Act) talks about the youth movement in immigration reform organizing….

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President Obama Promises to Do “Everything in His Power” for Immigration Reform in 2010

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2010, 4:57PM

Jason Reed / Reuters Though overshadowed by the historic debate on health care taking place nearby, local FOX news affiliate WTTG is reporting 500,000 people attended today’s immigration rally in the National Mall. Speaking by video to the crowd,…

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Pay as They Go: The Cruel Calculus of Deportation

by Michelle Chen on March 21 2010, 1:02AM

On Sunday, thousands are set to rally in the capital to demand a just and fair immigration policy. Though the protesters will try to make their voices ring as loud as ever, perhaps nothing will speak more to the cause…

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National Council of La Raza Opposes Healthcare Bill As Is

by Jamilah King on March 19 2010, 4:35PM

Update, 3/21/10: Late Friday night NCLR announced that they had officially changed their position and are now supporting the healthcare bill. The group cited “significant improvements.” Yesterday, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) took a bold step by…

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Rewriting History in Texas

by Michelle Chen on March 13 2010, 8:38PM

Rewriting history sounds like a daunting task, but an elite group of educational “experts” in Texas makes it look easy. In the Lone Star State, all you need to dictate education policy is an abiding faith in dead white men,…

Topics: History, Immigration, Politics, Schools & Youth

Conservatives: Immigration’s Bad for the Environment

by Jamilah King on March 11 2010, 10:01AM

As the immigration reform debate heats up on Capitol Hill, right wing opponents are uping the ante with sensationalist and factually inaccurate claims. The latest? Immigration increases the country’s ecological footprint. This latest claim came as part of a new…

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Immigration Reform in 2010? Here’s What’s on The Table Right Now.

by Julianne Hing on March 10 2010, 10:01AM

President Obama hasn’t abandoned immigration reform, mostly because immigration rights advocates won’t let him forget about the promises he made. We’ve been hearing whispers and murmurs about talks that President Obama has had with lead immigration bill authors Senators Chuck…

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