Undocumented immigrants now allowed in military

The Department of Defense announced a new policy yesterday that allows undocumented immigrants to serve in the US military.  USA Today says the decision marks the first time in several decades that undocumented immigrants will be able to join the military after the rules in the current program were expanded.  The program enables military recruiters …

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Higher bar faces immigrants seeking asylum

Undocumented immigrants who illegally enter the United States are becoming increasingly unlikely to meet the criteria to be granted asylum, with federal authorities tightening standards after a massive increase in the number of immigrants from Central America crossing the US border this year. Apprehended immigrants who claim to be too scared to go back home …

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Immigrant staying in church supported by Portland residents

Francisco Aguirre, an undocumented immigrant, has been staying in Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church for over a week and is starting to gain support from local residents.  CBS News says that the immigration activist has lived in the United States for almost two decades; however, he risks being deported to El Salvador due to a previous …

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Immigrant minors need pro bono lawyers

Many of the 60,000 undocumented immigrant minors from Central America who came over the US-Mexico border in the last 12 months still have no legal representation arranged for when they appear in immigration court.  Immigrant advocates are desperately racing to try to get volunteer attorneys trained to be able to deal with the enormous caseload. …

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Republican Senate could pass immigration reform

Republicans in favor of immigration reform say that Congress would be more likely to enact an overhaul of the immigration laws in the United States if the Republican party was to win control of the upper chamber in the upcoming elections in November. Lawmakers in the Republican party say that the leadership of the House …

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Immigrant population of US hits record high

The amount of immigrants living in the United States, both legal and illegal, has reached a record high.  A new report issued by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), based upon data from the Census Bureau, says that the United States is now home to 41.3 million immigrants, the highest figure ever recorded. Immigrants now …

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Biden vows to take action on immigration reform

Hispanic leaders have been assured by vice-president Joe Biden that President Obama intends to take action on the issue of immigration reform.  According to the Associated Press, Biden has stated that the president is determined to create a solution to this contentious issue. The statement was made by the vice-president during a Hispanic Heritage Month …

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House Republicans want information on executive action

Republicans in the House of Representatives are the latest group to desperately try to get information out of the White House about the nature of President Obama’s plans to take executive action over the issue of immigration reform.  Republican lawmakers on the House judiciary committee sent the president a letter on Monday in which they …

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Hispanics in Ohio demand immigration reform

Over 100 people, primarily working class Hispanics, came together on Tuesday in a rally in downtown Cleveland to protest about the lack of government action on the issue of immigration reform and the continuing deportations that the protesters say are ripping apart many of their families. The rally appeared to generate little interest or support, …

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Democrats and Republicans unhappy over immigration reform

With the current session of Congress about to close with no action having been taken over the issue of immigration reform, Democrats and Republicans alike appear to be unhappy at their respective parties’ handling of the situation, according to a new poll. Only 37% of Republicans and those leaning toward the Republican party believe that …

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Democrats pressed on immigration reform by undocumented mothers

A number of undocumented immigrant mothers, who staged a sit-in outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee to protest about the failure of President Obama and the Democrats to fulfill their promise to immigrant groups, were arrested by police yesterday. Police officers handcuffed and hauled away four demonstrators when the protests resulted in both …

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