Immigration

'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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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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GOP Congressman: 'House is in No Rush to Take Up Immigration'

GOP Congressman: 'House is in No Rush to Take Up Immigration'
Immigration advocates are swarming the country this month, trying to persuade House Republicans to pass a comprehensive overhaul. It was hard to tell at the town-hall meeting that second-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris held recently in this town northeast of Baltimore.
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TX Reformers Clash with Anti-Immigration Protesters

TX Reformers Clash with Anti-Immigration Protesters
Close to 50 immigration reform activists from TexasRITA, LULAC, Mi Familia Vota and other groups gathered this week at U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold's (R-TX) Corpus Christi office to deliver 10,000 petitions asking for the Congressman's support of immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.
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House GOP To Undocumented: You Can Stay, You Just Can’t Vote

House GOP To Undocumented: You Can Stay, You Just Can’t Vote
Republican leaders understand political reality well enough to grasp that they can’t survive as the anti-immigrant party. They insist they want to pass some sort of immigration reform, just nothing “comprehensive” with too many “pages.”
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Hooray for George W. Bush!

Hooray for George W. Bush!
A novel I'm currently reading asks the question, "How do you weigh all the sides of someone?" I thought of that line yesterday, while weighing the upside of George W. Bush. He's trying to save the Republican party from itself, and it won't be his fault if the House partisans and the hostile base stay deaf to his advice.
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Big Goodies for Defense Contractors in New Immigration Bill

Big Goodies for Defense Contractors in New Immigration Bill
Four companies through their political action committees and employees gave just over $937,000 in campaign contributions to Senate candidates in the 2012 cycle, an amount dwarfed by the potential gains in the immigration bill -- an amount north of $334 million, according to the figures in the Washington Post story.
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No Gays Allowed: Keeping Marriage Equality Out of Immigration Reform

No Gays Allowed: Keeping Marriage Equality Out of Immigration Reform
Immigration in America has always maintained the importance of keeping the nuclear family together, but what happens when the tradition of marriage is changing in America to include gay couples? Is there room for a provision in immigration reform to include an immigrant couple's rights to marriage equality?
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Republicans Died and Went to Hoeven. Corker-Hoeven.

Republicans Died and Went to Hoeven. Corker-Hoeven.
The Corker-Hoeven amendment completely undermines the basic need for immigration reform by allowing the number of largely unaccountable border security agents to double and by building an additional 700 miles of double-layered border fence at a cost of $50 billion. And Democrats just let it happen.
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