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Supreme Court Upholds 'Show Me Your Papers' in Arizona's SB 1070

Supreme Court Upholds ‘Show Me Your Papers’ in Arizona’s SB 1070

by on June 25 2012, 11:15AM

In a long awaited decision, the Supreme Court today upheld the most controversial part of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but blocked other provisions.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, /NOW

Supreme Court Rules No Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Supreme Court Rules No Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

by on June 25 2012, 10:25AM

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that juvenile cannot be handed mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYT Report: 300,000 U.S. Citizen Children Follow Parents to Mexico

NYT Report: 300,000 U.S. Citizen Children Follow Parents to Mexico

by on June 19 2012, 9:46AM

The mass deportation of parents means that many families are left with no choice but to relocate children from their homes in U.S.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

How 'Stop-and-Frisk' (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics

How ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics

by on June 18 2012, 9:00AM

Thousands gathered on Father’s Day for a silent march to protest the NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ program. The move helped crystallize how over a decade of organizing against police brutality has made the issue a focal point of the city’s upcoming mayoral election.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

A Deported Dad's Father's Day Letter to His Sons

A Deported Dad’s Father’s Day Letter to His Sons

by on June 15 2012, 9:01AM

After Felipe Montes was deported to Mexico, his three sons were taken away by North Carolina’s foster care system. Here’s his heartfelt letter to his boys.

Topics: Immigration

Georgia Asks Employers to Rat Out Job Seekers Who Fail Drug Tests

Georgia Asks Employers to Rat Out Job Seekers Who Fail Drug Tests

by on June 5 2012, 9:25AM

The state’s one of several that’s using hyped up fears about drugs to weaken unemployment insurance programs.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask

by on May 22 2012, 9:37AM

A for-profit, Corrections Corporation of America facility holding non-citizen inmates is on lockdown after a weekend riot. Officials insist it was a gang feud. But reports from inside suggest a pattern of abuse and neglect that has recurred at privately run prisons.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Feds Use Counter-Terrorism Laws to Fuel Deportation Machine

Feds Use Counter-Terrorism Laws to Fuel Deportation Machine

by on May 15 2012, 8:41AM

A decade after September 11, 2001, the government is wielding it’s broad counterterrorism powers against non-citizens who pose no threat and who face deportation as a result.

Topics: Immigration, National Security

Idaho Supreme Court Reunites Family Torn Apart By Deportation

by on May 8 2012, 1:03PM

Justice Daniel Eismann wrote that a lower court’s finding that the father had willfully abandoned his daughter and failed to maintain contact with his child is “clearly erroneous. In fact, it is absurd.”

Topics: /NOW

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by on May 7 2012, 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: ALEC, Drug Tests, Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

NYT Report: Prosecuting Moms for Drug Use Is Personhood in Disguise

by on April 26 2012, 2:43PM

Legislators can easily conjure up stories, with accompanying stereotypes, about crack-addicted babies and their mothers, but what’s really behind the antagonism toward moms?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Personhood

A Colorblind Supreme Court Hearing on Arizona's Anti-Immigrant SB 1070

A Colorblind Supreme Court Hearing on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant SB 1070

by on April 26 2012, 10:10AM

Supreme Court Justices seemed to be unconvinced that states like Arizona are breaking the law when they allow police officers to ask people’s immigration statuses if they suspect they’re undocumented.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Supreme Court Skeptical of Striking Down Arizona's SB 1070

Supreme Court Skeptical of Striking Down Arizona’s SB 1070

by on April 25 2012, 1:09PM

Arizona argues compellingly that with programs like 287(g) and Secure Communities, SB 1070 merely complements the federal government’s existing enforcement agenda.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, /NOW

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Arizona's SB 1070 Tomorrow

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Arizona’s SB 1070 Tomorrow

by on April 24 2012, 11:04AM

Colorlines.com will cover the hearing and offer analysis of what the High Court must decide. It’s a big day for immigration law in the United States.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, /NOW

California Pols Move to Keep Immigrant Families Unified During Deportation

California Pols Move to Keep Immigrant Families Unified During Deportation

by on April 24 2012, 9:36AM

In reaction to Colorlines.com’s investigation, a state Assembly bill seeks to strengthen parents’ rights to stay in contact with children and child welfare case workers while detained.

Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes

Georgia Governor Signs Welfare Drug Testing Bill Into Law

Georgia Governor Signs Welfare Drug Testing Bill Into Law

by on April 18 2012, 9:43AM

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal approved a bill on Monday evening that will soon require all applicants to the state cash assistance program to pass a drug test.

Topics: Jobs Crisis, /NOW

Justice Delayed in Deported Dad's Fight to Regain Custody of Kids

Justice Delayed in Deported Dad’s Fight to Regain Custody of Kids

by on April 13 2012, 8:50AM

Weeks after his case gained national media attention, Felipe Montes says that the North Carolina’s family reunification system is actually set up to work against him.

Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes

Less Than Half of 3K Detained in ICE Sweeps Convicted of Felonies

Less Than Half of 3K Detained in ICE Sweeps Convicted of Felonies

by on April 6 2012, 10:01AM

Federal immigration authorities launched massive raids that netted over 3,100 detentions. But the Obama administration isn’t only focused on deporting so-called ‘violent criminals.’

Topics: Immigration

California Senate Moves To Protect Immigrant Families in Deportation

California Senate Moves To Protect Immigrant Families in Deportation

by on March 28 2012, 9:47AM

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. citizen children that Colorlines.com found stuck in foster care as parents moved through detention and deportation are in California. The state Senate is moving forward with a bill that would keep their families together.

Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes

Bloomberg's Fear of Muslims Helped Drive the NYPD's Shameless Spying

Bloomberg’s Fear of Muslims Helped Drive the NYPD’s Shameless Spying

by on March 15 2012, 9:28AM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s defense of the NYPD’s spying on Muslim communities shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Mayor’s had a tense relationship with Muslim and Arab communities for nearly a decade.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying