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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…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

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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The Redeemed Immigrant: NY Gov. Makes Exception to Corrupt Rules

by Michelle Chen on March 8 2010, 6:25AM

After the mistakes he made as a kid nearly got him kicked out of the country, Qing Hong Wu has gotten a precious second chance. Embattled New York Governor David Paterson took a brief respite from a maelstrom of political…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

California Sobriety Checkpoints Prove Profitable for Cities While Bankrupting Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on March 3 2010, 11:02AM

A new report by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley with California Watch found that in 2009 California’s sobriety checkpoints nabbed about 3,000 drunk drivers off the road but also impounded the cars of 24,000 unlicensed drivers. The…

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Varick Is Closing, But That’s Not The Answer to Our Broken Detention System

by Julianne Hing on February 25 2010, 11:20AM

The Varick Federal Detention Facility is days away from closure, and this should be good news. But immigration advocates and activists gathered today in New York City to demand that ICE evaluate policies that mandate that immigrants must be held…

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Immigrants’ Invisible Presence in Health Care Debate

by Michelle Chen on February 20 2010, 12:12AM

You might be sick of hearing about health care by now, The politics of medicine grow messier by the day, dripping with empty jargon and industry lobbyists determined to eviscerate any substantive effort toward reform. Now imagine if you’ve…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

Lawsuit Sheds Light on Guestworkers in Hostile Terrain

by Michelle Chen on February 17 2010, 10:24PM

“We felt like we were imprisoned, held captive. What else did he need, a whip?”—Vincente Vera Martínez, migrant forestry worker, from the Sacramento Bee series, “The Pineros” In the popular imagination, America’s forests serve as a sanctuary of nature, sheltered…

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Immigrants Fill Courtrooms Amid Vacuum of Justice

by Michelle Chen on February 16 2010, 9:38AM

The American Bar Association’s 510-page report on the need to overhaul immigration courts was not just an academic exercise. Several new analyses examine the crisis engulfing the courts, as well as the entire law enforcement racket that lawmakers have constructed…

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Farm Guestworker Standards Lifted From Worse to Bad

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2010, 6:19AM

Americans are obsessed with what they eat and where it comes from, and far less concerned about who does the work of bringing it to their table. Farm workers are some of the least visible facets of the food system,…

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