Immigration

CT House Approves Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

CT House Approves Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
In a move that puts public safety ahead of party politics, the Connecticut House of Representatives approved a measure that would grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. Facing stark Republican opposition, Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) touted a bill that he explained in a press release would "make our roads and families safer, is good for the economy, and is the right thing to do."
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LGBT Community: Senate Dems 'Betrayed Us' on Immigration

LGBT Community: Senate Dems 'Betrayed Us' on Immigration
Champions of equality slammed Democratic members on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday after it succumbed to the pressure of rightwing threats by removing a crucial amendment to the immigration reform package that would have provided inclusion and protection of LGBT members of immigrant and binational families.
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Immigrants for Sale: How Private Prisons Exploit Aspiring Americans

Immigrants for Sale: How Private Prisons Exploit Aspiring Americans
Five billion dollars. That’s how much profit private prison corporations are making on immigration detention centers a year, according to the documentary “Immigrants For Sale.”
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Head of Hispanic Outreach for FL RNC Leaves GOP Following Nasty Heritage Foundation Remarks

Head of Hispanic Outreach for FL RNC Leaves GOP Following Nasty Heritage Foundation Remarks
Last week, a high profile Latino Republican — the former head of Hispanic outreach for Florida’s RNC — publicly left the party. For Pablo Pantoja, the straw that broke the camel’s back, or in this case the elephant’s back, was the Heritage Foundation’s anti-immigrant report and its co-author’s public defense of Latinos as a group having low IQ scores.
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FL Congresswoman Stops Father of Four's 4 a.m. Deportation

A last minute plea at a town hall event stopped a father of 4's deportation as Congresswoman Frederica Wilson took action.
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Obama Says 'Hola!' to Mexico, 'Our Laws Don't Reflect Our Values'

President Obama addresses a crowd in Mexico City in both Spanish and English.
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May Day: Living in the Margins and Marching on the Streets

May Day: Living in the Margins and Marching on the Streets
Blaming or finding a culprit for our suffering only further divides us and separates us from deep connection with one another. It’s a tactic that has been used throughout history to divide and conquer people, including the workers we honor on International Workers' Day, May 1.
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TX, Congress Go Blue If Immigration Reform Goes Down

TX, Congress Go Blue If Immigration Reform Goes Down
If Republicans sabotage immigration reform, Texas Democrats may not have to wait for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. Some leaders of the conservative movement and talk radio are mounting a campaign to defeat or destroy the immigration bill, acting in a way that suggests what some Republicans have called “the party of stupid.”
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Billions Proposed for New Border Security. Where Would the Money Go?

Billions Proposed for New Border Security. Where Would the Money Go?
Federal spending on border security is at an all-time high—and it would get even higher under the Gang of Eight’s new plan. The Senate immigration proposal, released last week, would allocate $4.5 billion in the next five years to tighten control of U.S. borders.
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Paul Ryan’s Mariachi Band

Paul Ryan’s Mariachi Band
This is the bizarre state of Republican efforts to win the rhetorical/messaging campaign around immigration reform. Campaigning in Chicago yesterday with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) actually showed up at campaign events with a mariachi band.
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