Month: November 2013

Strict immigration laws in Alabama ruled unconstitutional

When the state of Alabama passed one of the harshest immigration laws in the country in 2011, known as House Bill 56, immigrants’ rights activists, local businesses and even the federal government were up in arms. But on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama weighed in on a …

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President responds to heckler during immigration speech

President Barack Obama spent the early part of the week of Nov. 24 on the West Coast doing some fundraising and addressing the immigration reform debate in Congress. The most notable moment of his tour came when a heckler at one of his speeches raised the issue of deportations, and the president’s answer spoke to …

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New poll indicates continued public support for immigration reform

According to a recent poll conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, 63 percent of Americans are in favor of creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. That public support stretches across a broad swath of the American public, with solid majorities of Republicans, …

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Facebook CEO continues his push for immigration reform

By framing the debate as a civil rights issue, immigration reform advocates have been able to change the context of the discussion over legislation to fix the country’s broken system. On Nov. 24, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took up that baton in an interview he gave to ABC’s Sunday morning news program “This Week.” Zuckerberg’s quest …

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Planned game at University of Texas draws condemnation

The state of Texas was once again the center of the immigration reform debate recently, as a student group at the state’s flagship university in Austin planned, and then was forced to cancel, a campus game that was viewed by many as offensive. Lorenzo Garcia, chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at UT, …

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Speaker Boehner indicates openness to immigration reform

After recently stating that immigration reform legislation had no chance of passing through Congress by the end of the year, and signaling his overall skepticism on the issue, House Speaker John Boehner changed his tune slightly on Thursday. On Nov. 21, Rep. Boehner held a news conference to address immigration reform where he not only …

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USCIS announces new upgrade to the E-Verify system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a major enhancement to its E-Verify program that should significantly decrease the incidences of identity fraud. E-Verify upgrade On Nov. 18, Alejandro Mayorkas, director of USCIS, released a statement detailing the E-Verify enhancement, which uses a new safeguard to “lock” any Social Security numbers (SSNs) that have apparently been …

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Disagreement in the immigrant community about a path to citizenship

The current debate over immigration reform has taken many twists and turns, with politicians, advocacy groups and protesters on all sides of the issue constantly arguing over the best path forward. But recent developments coming out of the immigrant community itself may be some of the most transformative when it comes to determining how the …

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President willing to take gradual approach to immigration reform

With immigration reform legislation stalled in the House, and Republican leaders stating their unwillingness to move forward on a comprehensive solution, President Barack Obama recently said that he would be open to taking a step-by-step approach to the issue. President changes his tune On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the president talked about immigration reform in an interview …

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Protesters hunger strike for immigration reform

Hunger strikes and fasts have been used to further political and social causes for centuries. From the early Christians to Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., swearing off eating has proven to be an effective form of nonviolent civil disobedience, and now immigration reform advocates are using the idea to bring greater attention to …

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