US failed to protect immigrant minors

An investigation by the US Senate has found that federal authorities failed to adequately protect undocumented immigrant minors who entered the country unaccompanied by adults. Senator Rob Portman read a prepared statement on Thursday in front of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in which he declared that there were serious and systemic defects in the …

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Advocates say federal raids violate immigrants’ civil rights

Civil rights groups yesterday released a report claiming that the raids carried out by immigration agents against undocumented immigrants in Atlanta, Texas and North Carolina were undertaken without warrants, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The report alleges that authorities entered homes without the consent of the occupants while denying them legal access. The Georgia …

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Tensions remain in border communities

A study conducted by University of Arizona (UA) researchers between 2005 and 2007 indicated that permanent residents of the United States continue to face discrimination by authorities in communities close to the border between the US and Mexico. Almost one decade later, little appears to have changed. The study manuscript’s lead author and College of …

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Central American immigration fueled by violations

The apparently inconsistent attitude of the Obama administration with regard to immigrants attempting to flee Central America has been called out by immigrant rights advocates, with many demanding an end to the raids on undocumented immigrants carried out by the Department of Homeland Security. On Wednesday morning United Food and Commercial Workers International and AFL-CIO …

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New Hampshire voters voice immigration concerns

New Hampshire is situated almost 2,400 miles away from one of the United States’ busiest southern border crossings, El Paso in Texas, and just 10,000 undocumented immigrants live there. This is a dramatic low in comparison with states such as California, Florida and Texas, but its people are still very much concerned about the issue …

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Costa Rica’s US ambassador talks immigration

Poor immigrants from Nicaragua have long chosen to move to Costa Rica; however, the country has now become a refuge for an ever-increasing amount of people from El Salvador who are trying to escape violent gangs and criminals, stateless trans-continentals, and Cubans trying to get to the United States. The Costa Rica ambassador to the …

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Protests grow over immigration deportations

Calls for the end of the deportation campaign against undocumented immigrants from Central America by the Obama administration are continuing to grow, with over 270 organizations coming together to demand that Central American immigrants are given temporary protective status (TPS). The organizations, which consist of faith, humanitarian, legal rights, civil rights and labor rights groups, …

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Hispanic Democrats slam immigration bills

A number of Hispanics in the Democratic Party have spoken out against pending legislature bills designed to try to curb illegal immigration. The group, which is making a lot of noises about the importance of the Hispanic vote in the upcoming presidential election, spoke at a Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida press conference on Monday. …

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Stop deporting immigrants, Democrat senators insist

22 senators with the Democratic Party have called the government crackdown on undocumented immigrants from Central America “shocking and misguided” ahead of further planned raids. The 22 senators have called for President Obama to stop the deportation raids as the debate over immigration intensifies in the United States. A nationwide crackdown on refugees and undocumented …

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Civil rights commission slams immigrant deportations

A bipartisan and independent federal agency, which is run by a Latino who was appointed to the post by President Obama, says the president’s administration needs to put an end to the current deportation raids on undocumented immigrants. A letter to the president and Jeh Johnson, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, has been …

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Federal agencies sued by immigrant rights groups over deportations

A lawsuit against the immigration and detention policies of the Obama administration has been filed by immigrant rights groups. The advocates allege that no less than 10 federal offices, including US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have been “secretive” when it comes to the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) deportation operation and want PEP information disclosed …

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