Anchor Babies

Birthright in the US ensures that anyone who is born to US citizens outside of the US and anyone who is born in the US is entitled to US citizenship. Citizenship by birthright was guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, passed in July 1868. The 14th Amendment was passed after the Civil War, and was designed, …

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Is it Good to Have Private Prisons for Immigration Detentions?

This year, the federal government is expected to deport over 400 000 undocumented immigrants, possibly breaking a new deportation record. These large numbers mean that many cases in immigration courts are pending, in part because the courts cannot keep up with the demand to process cases. Currently, delays for these cases are setting new records. …

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US Immigration Law to be Reviewed by Supreme Court

Ever since a controversial immigration law was passed in Arizona, there has been legal opposition to the legislation. Now, the United States Supreme Court is reviewing that law, which requires police to check immigration status of people who are stopped during actions and which police believe may be undocumented immigrants. The law requires immigrants to …

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Support for immigration reform remains undiminished

Regardless of whether House majority leader Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat was caused by the issue of immigration, two significant new polls seem to indicate that the great majority of Americans, including many conservative Republicans, continue to be in favor of it.  A poll issued on Wednesday by the center-right group American Action Forum showed that …

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Immigration reform amendment killed by House Budget Committee

With just 33 working days remaining until Congress goes into recess on July 4th, one Democrat in the House of Representatives attempted a new method of getting Congressional members to vote on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. Representative Tony Cardenas used the House Budget mark-up session for Representative Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget plan …

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Obama considering suspending deportations

Having come under increasing pressure to act on the thorny subject of immigrant deportations the President announced on Thursday that he was considering suspending the process to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) time to review its practices. Speaking during an Oval Office discussion with Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Rubén Hinojosa …

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