Month: December 2011

Voters May Consider Transnational Gangs Act in 2012

An organization called The Taxpayer Revolution Committee drafted an initiative to make California immigration enforcement more stringent, and is seeking the signatures needed to place the initiative on the November 2012 election ballot. The initiative, called the Protection from Transnational Gangs Act, would expand the requirements governing California’s enforcement of federal immigration laws. It calls …

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Undocumented Workers Taxed Billions for Benefits Programs

Each year, illegal immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the United States’ Social Security and Medicare programs in the form of payroll taxes, despite the fact that they will likely never be able to take advantage of these retirement and healthcare benefits. Speaking to Cox Newspapers recently, Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association Florida said …

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Hispanic Voters Support Obama, Deplore Deportations

Despite their widespread disapproval of his administration’s deportation policies and pessimism about the direction of the country in general, many Latinos still support President Barack Obama and are likely to vote for his reelection in 2012, according to a recently released Pew Hispanic Center survey. For the survey, Pew polled 1,220 Latino adults from all …

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Washington Woman’s Story Illustrates Plight of Undocumented Immigrant Parents

Putting a human face on the sometimes abstract debate regarding U.S. immigration policy, the News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington, recently profiled a local resident whose immigration status has caused strife for herself and her family. The subject of the News Tribune feature, Tara Ammons Cohen, is a 39-year-old woman who was brought to the United …

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Judge Blocks Parts of South Carolina Immigration Law

A U.S. District Court judge recently blocked key provisions of South Carolina’s tough immigration law less than two weeks before it was scheduled to take effect. In making his ruling, Judge Richard Gergel privileged the federal government’s authority in matters pertaining to U.S. immigration. Gergel blocked a provision in South Carolina’s law that would allow …

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Report: Racial Profiling Inevitable in Arizona

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County has been criticized for his immigration enforcement tactics, and was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Justice for racial profiling. While the DOJ report stated Arpaio’s checks of Hispanic-looking residents in Maricopa County reached extreme levels, new reports have examined whether Arizona’s tough immigration laws allow law …

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Judge Hears Arguments on South Carolina Immigration Law

On December 19, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel began listening to arguments in the federal government’s case against South Carolina’s recently passed immigration law. South Carolina’s law was modeled on hard-line immigration reform undertaken in several other states, including Arizona and Alabama, which have also faced federal lawsuits. Gergel found himself confronting many of …

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