Southland leaders defiant after immigration ruling

Advocates for immigration reform in Southland have reacted defiantly to the ruling by a federal appeals court blocking the plans of the Obama administration to extend deportation protection to around four million undocumented immigrants, although others applauded the court’s decision. The ruling by a New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld the injunction …

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Fewer undocumented immigrants entering US

At a time when the Department of Homeland Security is spending more and more money on border security, evidence is emerging that the flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States has fallen to the lowest level in at least 20 years, according to the Pew Research Center. Statistics from Pew’s demographic research suggest that …

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Immigration court director wants overhaul

Immigrants in the United States sometimes have to wait years to appear before an immigration court judge. This issue is getting worse rather than better, with an enormous backlog of cases that now tops 400,000. Juan Osuna, the Executive Office for Immigration Review director, has told NBC Bay Area that only a complete overhaul of …

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Democrats join fight to close immigration detention centers

Two-thirds of Democrats in the House of Representatives have put their names to a letter to the Obama administration calling for family detention centers to be immediately closed to prevent immigrant mothers and their children being held in harmful conditions. Of the 199 Democrats in the House of Representatives, 136 signed the letter that was …

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Immigrants fear public services, study reveals

A survey by Latino Decisions reveals that Spanish-dominant or immigrant Latinos are less likely to seek assistance from public service programs than those born in the United States. The survey interviewed 1,405 Latinos from across the US between January 29th and March 12th this year. The great majority of the respondents held US citizenship or …

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Obama administration loses injunction appeal

A federal appeals court yesterday denied the request by the Obama administration to lift an injunction on the the president’s executive actions on immigration, which would provide millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States with both work permits and freedom from the immediate threat of deportation. Two of the three-judge panel on the Fifth …

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Group blames immigrants for California drought

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) is an organization that has been demanding immigration laws be more strictly enforced for a long time, saying that the natural resources of the state cannot continue to sustain population growth at high levels. CAPS has now created a big media campaign, including television commercials that effectively blame immigrants for …

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Smith wants detention center reform

Representative Adam Smith last week introduced the Accountability in Immigration Detention Act of 2015 bill in a bid to try to reform the current immigration detention system. Smith was supported in his aims by representatives Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene and others. Smith has called for new standards and oversight in the wake of …

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No immigration reform in trade bills, conservatives insist

A number of the most conservative skeptics of two proposed trade bills in the House of Representatives say that there is no real evidence to suggest that the legislation in the bills uses language that would enable the advancement of comprehensive immigration reform.  On Wednesday, at the monthly Conversations with Conservatives meeting on Capitol Hill, …

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Obama administration blames computer error for immigration mistake

The latest filings by the Justice Department in the immigration lawsuit brought by 26 states against the executive action taken by President Obama have blamed computer error for many undocumented immigrants being granted deferred action after the programs were halted by Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction in February. US Customs and Immigration Services director Leon Rodriguez …

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Democrats want to end family immigrant detention

Two California Democrats from the House of Representatives have called upon the Department of Homeland Security to put an end to their current practice of holding asylum-seeking families in prison-style detention centers while they are waiting for the chance to state their case in court. San Jose representative Zoe Lofgren says she has visited Syrians …

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