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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Mexico’s Border Crackdown Sends Migrants into Dangerous Territory

*A report from the trenches on Mexico’s southern border. VL By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer (2.5 minute read) In July 2014, Mexico announced its Southern Border Plan — with backing from the United States — which Mexican officials claimed would bring order to Mexico’s influx of Central Americans while protecting their human rights. Two months

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Overall Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009

*No change in the number of undocumented since 2009.  Mexicans are still 52% of the undocumented in the U.S. VL By Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population – 11.1 million...

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Undocumented Central American Immigration Surges Again at U.S. Border

*This is going to play into presidential politics, soon. VL By Eleanor Dearman, Texas Tribune (3 minute read) For the second time in three years, the U.S. Border Patrol is apprehending more non-Mexicans than Mexicans along the...

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Wichita, Kansas Gets First Latino, Formerly Undocumented Deputy Police Chief

*Great story! Something uplifting for an end of week read. VL By Brian Latimer, NBC News (4 minute read)  Deputy Sheriff José Salcido of the Wichita, Kansas Police Department made history on Wednesday — twice. He was...

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Trump: Undocumented Wanting to Be In Military a ‘Special Circumstance’

*If you’re keeping score, this statement is part of the “softer” Trump on immigration. We’ll see what he says next. VL By Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News (1.5 minute read) GOP nominee Donald Trump, added a little more confusion...

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The Obvious Consequence Of Trump’s Immigration Policy That No One’s Talking About

*No one is talking about the fact that 60 percent of ag workers are immigrants. If they leave food prices will increase, farmers will chose to change their crops, agriculture imports will increase as well. Your diet-conscience...

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Austin Poised to Become First “Sanctuary City” In Texas

*A candidate for Sheriff in Austin, Texas, vows to “get ICE out of Austin.” VL By Jay Root, Texas Tribune (7 minute read)  Conservatives already love to bash Austin — that bag-ban loving, Uber-hating, Democrat-electing enclave in the...

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Donald Trump Gambles on Immigration but Sends Conflicting Signals

*He wasn’t so tough in Mexico, was he? Then he comes back to Phoenix and barks again. Typical Trump. VL By Patrick Healy, The New York Times (5 minute read) Donald J. Trump made an audacious attempt on Wednesday...

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Documenting The Dead On The Arizona Border: Lonely Remains Are Matched To Lost Loved Ones

*The remains of 900 deceased undocumented migrants remain unidentified. VL By Michel Marizco, Fronteras Desk On August 8 of this year, a U.S. Border Patrol agent tracking a group of illegal immigrants from Mexico came upon the...

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...

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...

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