undocumented immigrants


Monday, June 12th, 2017

ICE agents arrest high schooler hours before prom

*The first thought that came to my mind when I read this: ¡Que poca ma . . . ! VL By Michael P. McKinney and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, AZ Central (3.5 minute read)   OSSINING, N.Y. — Federal immigration authorities took a 19-year-old high school student into custody hours before his senior prom. Diego Ismael Puma Macancela, a

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Homeland Security produces first estimate of foreign visitors to U.S. who overstay deadline to leave

*It’s no secret that many of the unauthorized residents in the U.S. overstay their visas. This is the first official count of the overstayers, there are 482,781 in total – 93 thousand are from Canada, 42 thousand...

Monday, December 7th, 2015

An Anthropologist Unravels the Mysteries of Mexican Migration

*That’s a title you’d probably only find in National Geographic, and it did the trick for me – I clicked and read all the way through because an anthropologist talking about Mexican migration in Nat Geo is...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Daughter: Mom, Arrested at Gynecology Office, ‘Doesn’t Deserve What’s Going On’

*Texas Observer update: At around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Blanca Borrego was released from Harris County jail after her family posted her $35,000 bond. Though an immigration detainer was not placed on Borrego upon her release, the Houston mother...

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Births to illegal U.S. immigrants down 20 percent from 2007 peak: Pew

*The numbers prove that birthright citizenship is a non issue. If what the extreme right’s rhetoric denounces are the births of U.S. citizens to undocumented parents, then the trend doesn’t hold the argument. VL By  Suzannah Gonzales,...

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Unauthorized Immigrants Paid $100 Billion Into Social Security Over Last Decade

*A couple of things; I’ve been seeing “unauthorized immigrant” used more and more in news stories. I have no problem with it, just an observation. As far as the Social Security numbers are concerned, they don’t surprise...

Monday, June 15th, 2015

New Hope for Identifying Migrant Bodies in South Texas

*Because of a lack of funding at the local level, the bodies of undocumented migrants have been buried without identification.  This left unanswered questions for their families and leaves advocates with no information to make public policy....

Monday, December 8th, 2014

New Study Finds Immigration Officers Ordering Unlawful Deportations

*Finding: ” … an astounding 83 percent of people deported in 2013 were removed without a hearing or a chance to see an immigration judge.” VL By Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer More than two million people...

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Beyond the border: Lawman’s burden

*”The way that some people die out here, nobody deserves to go through that.” – Daniel Walden, volunteer sheriff patrolling on his own time. VL A south Texas sheriff’s department with dwindling resources struggles to cope with...

Monday, August 18th, 2014

‘Hunting Humans’ Brings the Fringe to the Center

*So much to take in: “The press becomes complicit in ushering extreme ideas into the center when “hunting humans” is treated as acceptable behavior.” And this: “I’m reminded of the image of a group of Texas Rangers...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This is our home

*The second of the four-part series “Beyond the Border” from a partnership between The Texas Observer and the Guardian. South Texas landowners are “caught between protecting their property and saving lives.” VL By Melissa del Bosque, The Texas...

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

A Mother’s Search

*The second part of a series by The Texas Observer and The Guardian. It takes the headlines and drapes them over immigrants’ personal stories of loss and struggle. VL By Jen Reel, The Texas Observer Texas has...

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Anti-Immigration Group Uses Earth Day To Recycle Argument That Immigrants Destroy Environment

*This Californians for Population Stabilization video is not isolated, it’s part of an effort to use the environment as a wedge against undocumented immigrants and comprehensive immigration reform. A couple of right-edge scientists have a website called Science...

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Ayotte proposes tax hike on 4M poor Latino children

By Fernando Espuelas, The Hill Looks like Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is shining her Tea Party shoes to prepare for a possible shot at the 2016 GOP vice presidential nomination. What else would explain her explosive, morally dubious...

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