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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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Nearly One in Six Current Deportation Cases Dropped in Several U.S. Regions

According to the Associated Press, the Obama Administration recently recommended that more than 1,600 current U.S. deportation cases be canceled. Recently pledging to focus its efforts on those immigration cases involving criminal behavior, the White House has advised immigration authorities to reconsider deportations of undocumented residents with no criminal history. The news does not create …

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Border Patrol to Enforce Stiffer Penalties

U.S. Border Patrol agents will soon begin enforcing a “consequence delivery system” that specifies increasingly harsh penalties for those caught repeatedly crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. After being implemented in the Tucson, Arizona, sector last year, the system is set to take effect along the entirety of the nearly 2,000-mile-long southern U.S. border. U.S. immigration …

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Man Wins Green Card Based on 2010 ‘Inspected and Admitted’ Ruling

A 32-year-old California man was recently granted his green card after immigration authorities applied a little-known 2010 ruling in his case. The ruling in question involved Graciela Quilantan, who entered the United States without documentation in 2001. In 2010, the federal Board of Immigration Appeals ruled that despite her lack of proper documentation, Quilantan’s entry …

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