Month: January 2012

Napolitano Renews Call for Passage of Dream Act

In her second annual State of America’s Homeland Security Address delivered on January 30, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano praised the Department of Homeland Security’s border control efforts and the deportation policy crafted by the Obama White House, while also calling for fundamental immigration reform. Napolitano cited statistics showing Border Patrol apprehensions are down …

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Undocumented Oakland Resident Denied Transplant over Immigration Status

Jesus Navarro, an illegal immigrant who was in line for a transplant, has been denied the life-saving operation after healthcare officials found out about his citizenship status. According to an article in area news source the Contra Costa Times, Navarro had a willing donor – his wife – already lined up, and was able to …

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Historical Misreatment of Immigrants Persists

While immigration efforts for some cities continue to foster more inclusivity, some cities are moving in the other direction. For example, immigrant residents of East Haven, Connecticut, have been living in fear of a police “gang” known as Miller’s Boys. Known to detain illegal immigrants residing in the city without bringing specific charges, the officers …

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Dedicated Clerk at Peoria Passport Office

The topic of immigration is often highly contentious and polarizing, as demonstrated by the recent Republican primary debates and the partisan responses to President Barack Obama’s statements about immigration in the State of the Union address. In the midst of this heated national conversation, the Peoria Journal Star recently ran a story reminding readers that …

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Driver’s License Plan Falls Short of Mark for New Mexico Governor

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez found her recent attempts to repeal a state law met with criticism from both the legislature and the general public. Martinez’s repeal, which was a bid to not stop New Mexico’s policy of granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, was shut down by the legislature. Instead lawmakers passed a Democrat-backed …

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Football Star Can’t Play Due to Immigration Status

Chester Brown, a high school football star lineman from Bradwell Institute High School in Hinesville, Georgia, recently de-committed from a football contract with the University of Georgia. While reports initially stated Brown had de-committed to UGA due to family reasons, the main reason for Brown’s change of heart is due to a relatively new law. …

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Immigration Hot Topic for Florida GOP Primary

With the Florida GOP primaries slated for January 31, many top government officials believe that immigration and unemployment will be among the hottest topics in the swing state’s primaries. Not openly supporting any particular candidate, former Florida governor Jeb Bush recently gave an interview to Bloomberg, in which he advised the candidates that their tone …

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State of the Union Address Stirs Mixed Response from Immigrant Rights Advocates

President Barack Obama’s January 24 State of the Union Address met with mixed reactions from immigration advocates. While many were happy to hear Obama allude to his support for the Dream Act and tout his recent trade agreements with Central American countries, others believed that his statements didn’t cover enough. Obama’s firmest stance was on …

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Arizona Legislator Seeks SB 1070 Repeal

Sparking demonstrations, Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo, a Democrat from Phoenix, recently introduced a bill to repeal the state’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. After SB 1070 was signed into law in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department sued to block it from taking effect, arguing it encouraged racial profiling and unconstitutionally usurped the federal government’s …

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Visa Reform Tops Initiatives for Obama in Disney World

President Obama’s recent trip to Disney World provided some much-needed good news for immigrants in the United States. Obama used Disney World as his venue to sign an executive order that will benefit Chinese and Brazilian applicants for U.S. visas. While the order is most directly aimed at increasing the turnaround in processing for tourist …

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