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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Immigration and the 2016 Election

*There’s one interesting point in this article – most of it is a rehash of the same old ideas about immigration and politics. What’s interesting is buried in the 6th paragraph – specific instances that point to the reason immigration is getting so much media attention. Yes, it’s an important issue, and yes there’s been

Friday, January 8th, 2016

After immigration raids, Latino leaders ask Obama to show ‘moral leadership’

*The issue seems to be a simple choice of following, or not, the deportation orders issued by immigration judges. But the action is laden with nuance and contradictions. In November President Obama promised that his deportation priorities...

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Hasty raids led to mistakes: Deportation halted for at least 20 migrants targeted

*Some of the affected families were apprehended in their homes, sent to a detention facility in Texas, placed on a plane and were about to be deported when the Board of Immigration Appeals halted their deportation because there...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Why the Obama administration is right to deport migrants ordered to leave

*The Los Angeles Times explains its position regarding the immigration raids planned for January. To hear the LAT tell it, there’s no alternative but to obey a judge’s order. The immigration system is broken, and needs to...

Monday, December 28th, 2015

U.S. plans raids to deport families who surged across border

*The Obama administration has been discussing this for several months, and there’s a lot of controversy over it within the administration. The pressure on DHS is to respond to a court order to release families held in...

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Majority of Americans support pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

*Some stats on how a majority of Americans feel about a pathway to citizenship. Keep this in your back pocket for easy access for when you hear folks who purport to speak for all Americans go on...

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Central American Migration: New Concerns As Numbers Rise One Year After Unprecedented Influx

*This news has been less than a trickle in mainstream media. The presidential horse race, today’s poll, whatever Trump said and the fear of terrorism have taken over the headlines and airtime. Yesterday the Secretary of Health...

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Why immigrants aren’t afraid of Trump

By Victor Landa There’s a reason immigrants in the U.S. aren’t attracted to the Trump political circus, regardless of what he might say about them. It has to do with fear. That’s what Trump’s selling: dread, alarm,...

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Citing surge in families at border, feds ask to speed immigration appeal

*The DOJ is asking the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to get off the slow lane on this case. A ruling is pending since September and there’s a new surge of unaccompanied children and families at the border....

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

How I Earned My Citizenship Defending This Country

*This essay is one of a series of personal accounts compiled by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism student Rachel Glickhouse. The series is titled  “My Time in Line,” in which immigrants write about their personal experiences about the...

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Washington Perspective: The extreme road to the GOP’s 2016 loss

*Bill Valdez draws a connecting line of similarities between the red scare, the present GOP extremism and radical Islam. He says mainstream voters haven’t and wn’t elect an extremist to the presidency. VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco...

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Judge: No “Emergency” to License Detention Centers

*A 1997 lawsuit settlement requires that undocumented children be held in places that protect their overall well-being. The state of Texas asked for emergency licenses for two private centers that house immigrant families, but the emergency would...

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Texas seeks delay in Obama immigration case at Supreme Court

*If the delay is granted the case may not be heard while Obama is in office. These are the “x’s” and “o’s” of the matter: The Supreme Court clerk routinely grants extensions; the DOJ can oppose the request,...

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The Latina Anti-Immigration Activist Who Set The Stage For Donald Trump

*It’s a long read but worth the investment. You’re going to find names that you may not have been familiar with, but that you should know: Maria Espinoza, John Tanton. The nativist, anti-immigrant wave we see is...

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