Immigration

Some Republicans Admit Anti-Immigrant Movement Driven By Racism

Some Republicans Admit Anti-Immigrant Movement Driven By Racism
Buzzfeed’s John Stanton managed to get Republican lawmakers on record admitting that the movement to stop immigration report is at least party driven by racial animosity. One Southern Republican member of Congress, who requested anonymity, told Stanton outright that “part of it…it’s racial.” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham put it a little more delicately, referring to “ugliness around the issue of immigration.”
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Path to Citizenship Central to Border Security, Says New Homeland Security Secretary

Path to Citizenship Central to Border Security, Says New Homeland Security Secretary
The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security. The Defense Department's former top lawyer said offering a path to citizenship would encourage such immigrants "to come out of the shadow, to be accountable, to participate in the American experience."
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Alicia A. Caldwell
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Nearly Half of Country's Immigration Judges Set to Retire, Could Push Court Backlog to Brink

Nearly Half of Country's Immigration Judges Set to Retire, Could Push Court Backlog to Brink
The nation's already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eligible for retirement next year. The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's 59 immigration courts, says the court already has 32 vacancies, contributing to the current backlog of nearly 350,000 cases. Judges are overwhelmed, and immigrants with legitimate asylum claims can spend years in legal limbo.
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Laura Wides-Munoz
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A Penchant for Racist Alliteration: Tea Partier Calls TX State Sen Van de Putte 'Barrio Boopsie'

A Penchant for Racist Alliteration: Tea Partier Calls TX State Sen Van de Putte 'Barrio Boopsie'
Far right blogger Rick Atkinson coined a new and offensive nickname for State Senator Leticia Van de Putte this week, calling her 'Barrio Boopsie'. Taken with University of Texas Young Republican's offensive catch-an-illegal-immigrant game, and remarks on Wendy Davis, the pattern of racist insensitivity among the flanks of the far right is indisputable and omnipresent.
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Homeland Security Unilaterally Halts the Deportation of Service Members' Family

Homeland Security Unilaterally Halts the Deportation of Service Members' Family
The Department of Homeland Security announced last week that family of U.S. military members will no longer have to face deportation. The constant fear that any one of their loved ones might at any time be deported out the country seems to add an unnecessary "stress and anxiety" on troops.
Reacting to the news was Jon Solt
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'Doesn't Make Sense': Obama Touts Need for Immigration Reform

'Doesn't Make Sense': Obama Touts Need for Immigration Reform
With the budget and debt ceiling crises over (for the time being), President Obama has moved on to the next big issue facing the country: immigration reform.
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Michigan Oil Spill Contractors Convicted on Immigration Crimes Linked to Cleanup Work

Michigan Oil Spill Contractors Convicted on Immigration Crimes Linked to Cleanup Work
Two men indicted for their role in exploiting undocumented workers during a 2010 oil spill cleanup have pleaded guilty to multiple immigration crimes. An investigation by The American Independent’s former sister site Michigan Messenger uncovered the exploitation of undocumented workers – mostly from Central America – during the cleanup following a July oil spill in Marshall, Michigan.
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'Secret Criteria' for Immigrants Seeking US Citizenship Disproportionately Flags Muslims

'Secret Criteria' for Immigrants Seeking US Citizenship Disproportionately Flags Muslims
A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the previously undisclosed program instructs federal immigration officers to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they didn't receive sufficient information from the immigrant.
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Amy Taxin
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AZ Sheriff Warns Militias to Stand Down After Minuteman Mistakes Deputy for Smuggler

AZ Sheriff Warns Militias to Stand Down After Minuteman Mistakes Deputy for Smuggler
Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up with "30 rounds fired into" them by one of his deputies.
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Politician Tells Little Girl Her Dad Should Be Deported

Politician Tells Little Girl Her Dad Should Be Deported
Congressman Scott Desjarlais, a Tennessee Republican, was asked a question by 11-year-old Josie Molina at a town hall meeting. The daughter of an undocumented immigrant, Josie was there looking for advice on how to keep her father in the country. The congressman told her, in front of a hooting and hollering Tea Party crowd, that her father would have to be deported...
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