Brown and Perry offer different immigration perspectives

Jerry Brown, the governor of California, this week set a very different tone on the issue of immigration to that of Rick Perry, the governor of Texas.  The difference is perhaps not surprising given that Brown governs the US state that has the greatest number of immigrants in the country. “These are children, and many …

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Partisan rift over refugees revealed by poll

Americans are wary about the idea of granting refugee status to minors crossing the US border from Central American to escape strife-torn countries, with the majority of those surveyed in a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-GfK believing that the United States is under no moral obligation to generally accept asylum seekers. The poll …

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Democrats want to link immigration reform to border bill

Democrats in the Senate are warning that they may try to attach the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate last year to the package if Republicans in the House of Representatives pass a stripped-down bill to deal with the border crisis. The Senate’s $3.57bn border legislation seems unlikely to get past a procedural vote …

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Criticism over rushed immigrant minor court cases

Unaccompanied immigrant minors caught at the US border are being rushed before immigration judges under a new federal policy.  This has resulted in criticism from lawyers, who say that many immigrants have had less than two days to put in an appearance in court in states that are far away from their current residence. With …

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Steve King warns of impeachment over executive action

Representative Steve King boldly stated on Saturday that President Obama’s declaration that he would take executive action to deal with immigration reform would result in Republicans in the House of Representatives bringing impeachment trials.  King’s argument seems to have more to do with the number of undocumented immigrants already living in the United States than …

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Obama prepares to move on immigration during border crisis

Even as the White House tries to deal with the immigration crisis taking place at the US border, it is also making plans to take action prior to the midterm elections in November to potentially give millions of work permits to undocumented immigrants to allow them to remain in the country without being deported, lawmakers …

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Federal funding to house immigrant minors for Portland non-profit

Morrison Child and Family Services, a facility based in Portland in Oregon, has been given almost $3.7m in federal funding to provide unaccompanied immigrant minors with care and housing. Morrison, a non-profit organization that offers support to people who have suffered traumatic events, has been given this funding in stages across the fiscal year of …

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Republican expects House to pass compromised immigration bill

Texas Republican John Cornyn yesterday revealed that he believes the House of Representatives will pass a “skinnied-down” bill for emergency funding this week to deal with the influx of immigrant minors  crossing the southwestern US border. The House, which is controlled by the Republican party, is debating how much money it should pare from the …

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US-Mexico economic growth threatened by no immigration reform

The expanding network of cross-border ties with Mexico, which includes trade equal to $1m per minute, is being threatened by the absence of any progress being made toward reforming the immigration system in the United States, according to Mexico’s foreign secretary. Jose Antonio Meade made by the remarks to California Chamber of Commerce members on …

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US urgently needs immigration reform

The public debate over the increased surge in immigrant minors coming across the US-Mexico border should spur Congress to finally enact immigration reform, says Human Rights Watch.  The organization yesterday released a multimedia feature in collaboration with Platon/The People’s Portfolio and Time magazine on the issue. The feature, Torn Apart, includes video interviews with and …

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Voters in Massachusetts divided over housing immigrant minors

In a reflection of the nationwide division over how to deal with the recent mass arrival of immigrant children, voters in Massachusetts appear to be split over the proposition by Governor Deval Patrick to house the youngsters.  Last week Patrick announced that he was going to try to find housing for as many as 1,000 …

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