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Immigrants

New Rules, Same Humans

No matter how much undocumented immigrants pay in taxes and Social Security, and regardless of what they contribute to their communities, they are now more vulnerable than ever before. Something as simple as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign can lead to one person’s deportation and the devastation of an entire family.

February 24, 2017
Immigrant, ICE raids, Deportation

Raids Across The U.S. Leave Immigrant Communities On High Alert

Nearly 200 people across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina were arrested this week during immigration raids, according to a preliminary tally provided by ICE’s Atlanta field office. In the Los Angeles area, more than 150 arrests were made in a weeklong operation, ICE officials said.

February 12, 2017
Trump, Wall, Border

Trump Touts Border Wall While Undocumented Immigration Is Declining

Like his attempts to spread lies about the U.S. unemployment rate (not to mention lies about the size of his inauguration crowd), Trump’s argument for building a wall is built on the fabrication that America is under siege from undocumented immigrants. It’s not. Trump’s proposal is a radical fix for a dilemma already in decline

January 31, 2017
Deportations

Trump Says U.S. Will Try To Deport 3 Million Undocumented Immigrants

“People that are criminal and have criminal records … probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said.

November 13, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto shake hands at a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico Contradicts Trump On Paying For Border Wall, Clouding Visit

“At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” Pena Nieto said in a tweet after not mentioning the issue during their joint news conference.

August 31, 2016
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the visit of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

What Is A ‘Crime’ For An Undocumented Immigrant?

In his town hall with Hannity, Trump specified “killers” and “the bad ones, the gang members,” would be kicked out immediately. Trump has since referenced “criminal illegal immigrants” several times. What is a “crime” for an undocumented immigrant? The word can mean anything, and that’s why Trump loves it so much.

August 31, 2016

#EndorseThis: In Anderson Cooper Interview, Trump Improvises Immigration Stance

Reporting on Donald Trump’s attitude toward undocumented immigrants of late has felt like a slow-motion car wreck: In the course of a week, he has managed to alienate his newly-famous “alt-right,” nativist base while at the same time failing to meaningfully reach out to anyone who might otherwise have been repulsed by his ideas.

August 26, 2016

Monday’s Best Speech? 11-Year-Old Karla Ortiz

If you, like most Americans with things to do, began watching the Democratic National Convention when heavy hitters like Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama were scheduled to speak, you may have missed one of the night’s most powerful moments.

July 26, 2016
Workers pick strawberries in a field on a farm in Oxnard, California February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

California Gives Undocumented Immigrants A Chance To Practice Their Professions

“It was a way for me to come out of hiding,” said Marco Nava, 32. “I no longer have to wake up at 4 in the morning to go do something that is not my profession. Now I can take care of my kids, take them to school and go do something that I love doing.”

May 8, 2016

Foreigners ‘Face Tougher Sentences’ In U.S. Courts

A study has found that in 2008, 96 percent of convicted non-U.S. citizens received a prison sentence, compared to only 85 percent of convicted U.S. citizens.

October 1, 2014

Water ‘Angels’ Save Migrants On U.S. Border

By Sara Puig Jacumba (United States) (AFP) — Every year, would-be immigrants steal across the U.S.-Mexican border — and over the years, thousands have died in the baking, snake-infested desert on either side. A group of activists is now working to keep the desperate migrants alive. The so-called “Border Angels” hide bottles of water in […]

September 12, 2014
American Flag immigration

States Fill Federal Vacuum On Immigrants

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org MINNEAPOLIS — With Congress at a standstill on immigration issues, states have pursued their own solutions, with some offering in-state tuition and financial aid to unauthorized students and others approving more spending to enforce immigration laws. “While Congress cannot seem to take action on immigration issues, states remain engaged in debating […]

August 25, 2014

Amid Border Crisis Debate, Many New Immigrants Land In D.C. Area

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Virginia is more than 1,500 miles from the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, epicenter of the border crisis. And it is the home state of Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated by a Tea Party novice who attacked the former House majority leader for […]

August 4, 2014
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Central America Turmoil, Not U.S. Policies, May Be Behind Surge Of Child Migrants

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff ARRIAGA, Mexico — Wilson Coxaj, looking braver than his 16 years might merit, left his village in Guatemala’s highlands earlier this month and is making his way to the United States. It is a perilous journey. If he’s successful, he’ll join what U.S. officials are calling “the surge” — […]

June 11, 2014

Jeb Bush Says Illegal Immigration Not A Felony, But An ‘Act Of Love’

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Republican Jeb Bush knew that calling illegal immigration an “act of love” was going to light up the political world even before he made the unorthodox comment, and then he did it anyway. The former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender served up a tough-love […]

April 7, 2014

High Deportation Figures Under Obama Are Misleading

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Barack Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the “deporter in chief” and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats. But the portrait of a steadily increasing number […]

April 2, 2014

New York City To Issue Undocumented Immigrants Papers

New York (AFP) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city would give undocumented immigrants identity papers to allow them to live more normal lives. “To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force ANY […]

February 10, 2014

Federal Government Cancels Deportation in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Newark have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia, closing a case that drew national attention for its possible ramifications for same-sex couples and undocumented immigrants. “I’m happy that I can still be with my husband,” Velendia said during an interview on MSNBC. “I can finally breathe again.” A […]

June 30, 2011

Federal Government Halts Deportation of Undocumented Immigrant in Same-Sex Couple

ICE officials in Newark have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia, an undocumented Venezuelan immigrant married to an American graduate, in a case that has drawn national attention for its possible ramifications for undocumented immigrants and same-sex couples. Mr. Velandia and his husband, Josh Vandiver, were married in Connecticut—one of five states, along with the […]

June 30, 2011