Tag: immigration policy

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Congressional Hearing Today on Bill to Curtail Obama Administration Immigration Powers

The HALT Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas takes aim at the Obama administration’s executive powers to grant waivers allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

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Seeking a Wider Dialogue on Queer Migrations

A recent conference at The New School focused on immigration issues in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

A dozen young people came out as undocumented immigrants

Immigrant Youth ‘Come Out’ As Undocumented, Push For Dream Act

A dozen young people publicly announced themselves to be undocumented Americans at a rally in New York’s Union Square on Friday.

State Sen. Russell Pearce – Photo: Valeria Fernández.

Conservative Lawmakers Push Anti-Immigrant Legislation in Arizona

Republican lawmakers are pushing for laws that would allow police to arrest undocumented migrants for “trespassing” in the state or for standing on a sidewalk to look for work.

Activists deny immigration reform is dead – Photo: Jelena Kopanja.

Progressive Activists React to Grim Diagnoses on Immigration Reform

With a lightning round of conference calls and press releases, pro-reform activists tried to tamp down gloomy predictions about the future of immigration reform in Congress after Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts. They argued that unlike the health care overhaul, this is an initiative that enjoys bipartisan support.

Senator-elect Scott Brown – Photo: State Senator Scott Brown/Flickr

With Health Care Bill Looking Shaky, What’s Left for Immigration Reform?

Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts senate race is widely seen as a major blow to President Barack Obama’s hope of passing health care reform. Does this mean immigration reform –which has taken a back seat to health care since Obama took office a year ago— is dead?

Iraqi refugees – Photo: Chaldean Federation of America

Thousands of Iraqi Refugees Overwhelm Arab Community Service Agencies in Detroit

Arab community groups in Detroit that stepped up to help thousands of Iraqi refugees settle in the area now say they are overwhelmed by the task of assisting them. They also say they get little to no support from the local, state or federal governments.

Earthquake in Haiti – Photo: Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

Ethnic Media Provides Links to Haiti News and Relief Efforts; U.S. puts Deportations on Hold

Ethnic media outlets are providing a vital link to news and information about the situation in Haiti as Haitians in the U.S. scramble to learn the fate of friends and family members following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake and relief efforts are organized in communities across the U.S.

¡Si Se Puede! by Corazon Girl/Flickr

Arizona March for Immigrant Rights Draws National Support

Pro-immigrant and civil rights groups from across the country will march in Phoenix this Saturday to denounce what they call the criminalization of undocumented immigrants in the area.

Janay Montrevil holds a family photo as 6-year-old Jahsiah stands by her at a January 5 rally demanding her husband’s release – Photos: Mizue Aizeki/New America Media.

Guest Columnist: Haitian Immigrant’s Redemption Story Leaves ICE Cold

Can people change? This question is at the heart of the fight between Homeland Security and detained immigration activist Jean Montrevil. The answer has major implications for the reforms that lawmakers propose when they take up immigration reform after health care.