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Monday, August 22nd, 2016

How many legal immigrants are we deporting?

*Part of the problem is that  there is no right to legal representation for immigration proceedings. ICE is secretive about its statistics so there’s no way of knowing how many deportees may have been residents. VL By Susan Stellin, Los Angeles Times (3 minute read) My partner, Graham, became an American citizen last month — six

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Ancient Mayan languages are creating problems for today’s immigration courts

*Aside from the backlog of 500,000 cases in immigration courts, there’s this. VL By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times The day Vinicio Nicolas found out whether he would be allowed to stay in the United States, and hopefully...

Monday, August 8th, 2016

The knotty issue of immigration as revealed in John Lennon’s deportation case

*Here’s the short of it: President Nixon wanted to deport John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and that started a long legal battle that was never resolved – Lennon died before it was done. Nixon’s administration argued that...

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

What 2 Canadian Kids Crossing The Border Playing PokemonGo Tells Us About Immigration Enforcement

*Imagine if these had been little brown kids crossing the border in some Arizona town. Think they would have called their mom to come fetch ’em? VL By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Think Progress In an incident that...

Friday, July 1st, 2016

With deportation relief at stake, South’s Latinos could swing presidential race

*Fear in politics cuts both ways. The next president will nominate a ninth justice of the Supreme Court, determine the future of deferred action programs and deportation raids, and have the pressure of pushing immigration reform. Few...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

More Shattered Families

*What’s next after the Supreme Court’s non-ruling on the president’s executive actions on immigration? There’s a plan to call for a moratorium on deportations, deportation defense campaigns and an overhaul of the privatized detention system. Also, do...

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The Paradox of Immigration: Opposition Is Strongest Precisely Where There Are the Fewest Immigrants

*I’ve said this for a long time. The less immigrants there are, the higer the hatred towards them. VL By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones  (1.5 minute read) James Fallows is in western Kansas around Dodge City, where many...

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Advocates Say Court Decision Will Hurt Immigrants

*Very good summary of the Supreme Court’s immigration stalemate. It’s by our partners at Public News Service. VL By Mark Richardson, Public News Service (1.5 minute read) AUSTIN, Texas — Immigration rights advocates in Texas and other...

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Supreme Court Tie Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Order

*This was not good news for President Obama or for the 4 million undocumented people who will be affected by the ruling. This doesn’t mean that DAPA or an extension of DACA are finished. But it does...

Friday, June 17th, 2016

House rejects effort to ban undocumented immigrants from military service

*Now lets work at getting the deported veterans back home. VL By Cristina Marcos, The Hill In a break from previous votes on the issue, the House on Thursday rejected two GOP proposals to prevent the Obama...

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Texas Scrambles to Fund Border Security Project

*True story, when I was a kid growing up two blocks from the Rio Grande I and my little band of street urchins would trudge through the carrizo to swim in the river. Things are more dangerous...

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Ryan Security Plan Stresses Border Control, Immigration

*Second sentence, second paragraph, House speaker Paul Ryan will announce his immigration plan today because he wants to establish a plan to unify his party. It’s heavy on border security. So it’s not about the need for...

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Citizen Khan

*I couldn’t stop reading this. It’s about an Afghan immigrant who sold tamales in Wyoming, and it’s about America. It’s well worth the 35 minute investment. VL By Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker  (35 minute read) The first...

Friday, May 6th, 2016

TX Judge’s Order Blocks Child-Care License for Detention Centers

*Texas wants to call child immigration jails “child care centers.” That whole idea has been stopped, temporarily. Here’s how it was done. VL By Mark Richardson, Public News Service (1.5 minute read) AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas judge has...

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