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Democrats disappointed with Obama on immigration Published: May 9, 2012 "It’s been two years since the Senate voted on the Dream Act. The measure would give undocumented college students brought to the U.S. as children a pathway to citizenship. The Dream Act died, failing to muster enough votes to overcome a filibuster. Democratic Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of Los Angeles says Obama could have used his bully pulpit to
Illinois town resists immigration detention site Published: May 9, 2012 "Amid the rose bushes in Kayla Pennington's yard is a sign with a red circle and a diagonal slash across the words "Crete detention center." It conveys her opposition to a proposal to build a 788-bed, privately operated detention center for illegal immigrants in this village of 8,259 people, which is 30 miles south of Chicago. She doesn't like the idea of
Secure Communities coming to Massachusetts Published: May 9, 2012 The US Department of Homeland Security notified law enforcement officials across Massachusetts today that Secure Communities will be activated on May 15. The goal of the program is to identify and deport illegal immigrants with serious criminal records, but it is highly controversial because it uses local police to some extent to help enforce federal
Border Patrol shifts strategy as illegal immigration slows‎ Published: May 9, 2012 "The U.S. Border Patrol, unveiling its first new strategy in eight years on Tuesday, said it aims to become more nimble as illegal immigration plummets. The new plan calls for increased intelligence gathering, greater cooperation with other law enforcement agencies and quicker deployment to combat the biggest risks, said Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher.
More Unaccompanied Minors Cross Border Illegally; Mexican Law Is Blamed Published: May 8, 2012 "From October to the end of April, the U.S. government has detained more than 6,500 unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border, nearly double the number detained in the comparable period the previous year, according to U.S. officials. Most of them come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, countries that are close to Mexico's southern border, and
Why States Shouldn’t Control Immigration Published: May 7, 2012 "The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which never passed, showed what Congress could do. That bill would have created a clear path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. It also had real get-tough provisions, including increased enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border and a national database for
Florida Dem open to Rubio immigration plan Published: May 4, 2012 "Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday that he is open to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's plan to let young illegal immigrants remain in the United States, but he questioned whether it would solve the nation's immigration problems. In a roundtable discussion with about three dozen students at the University of South Florida, Nelson said he remains a
Arizona plan to repay ousted immigration foe fails Published: May 4, 2012 "Allies of an ousted Arizona state senator known nationally for his rigid stance on U.S.-Mexico border policy appeared defeated Thursday after trying to pass legislation that would have repaid the author of the state's hardline immigration law for expenses related to fighting the voter effort that removed him from office. Critics said it would be