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Court Blocks Arizona on Immigrant Driver's Licenses; Dreamers Rejoice

In a sharply worded opinion, a federal appellate panel struck down an Arizona policy that prohibits young immigrants known as Dreamers from getting driver’s licenses.

The case has been closely watched since it pits the Obama administration’s effort to help the Dreamers, part of the immigrant-rights movement seeking federal action on a range of issues. On the other side is Arizona, one of the states that has been most vocal in opposing the national effort. Read more >

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Oklahoma Town Divided on Influx of Immigrant Kids to Army base

It was noon on Sunday when Jose Luis, a 38-year-old construction worker who stopped for lunch at Aranda’s Mexican Grill, finished his menudo, a traditional Mexican stew of beef tripe in a red chili pepper broth. Mexican music blared from a corner jukebox. Jose Luis, an undocumented immigrant who declined to provide his last name, said he first crossed the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas, when he was 19. He has since crossed more times than he can remember. Read more >

White House Says 'Most' Children At The Border Will Be Sent Home

The White House said Monday that most unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief that would prevent them from being sent back from their home countries. Read more >

Border Event Promotes Peace Amid Immigration Crisis

In the midst of an immigration crisis, musicians from both sides of the US-Mexico border come together for an event celebrating children. 

Members of the San Diego Symphony and the Baja California Orchestra performed together on both sides of the border at Friendship Park Sunday.

The music without borders event dedicated to showing love for children comes amid a national crisis over the surge of Central American children entering the US illegally.

Divided by just a fence, two orchestras played simultaneously along the California-Mexico border Sunday. Read more >

More Municipalities Deny Federal Requests, Won't Detain Immigrants

Before immigrants get deported, they are sometimes held temporarily by local law enforcement at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. But cities across the country, including Philadelphia, are saying they will no longer fully cooperate with that plan.

Offenses including traffic stops and felonies can lead to deportation for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally — or even those who are legal permanent residents. ICE requests that municipalities hold suspects until they can be transferred into federal custody. Read more >

Opinion: A Child’s Risky Journey

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Opinion: Like those children, I too fled Central America

A few days after my little brother received death threats, he and I jumped on top of la Bestia -- the Beast -- the train heading north, to escape El Salvador. The country that financed the armed forces seeking to kill our friends and family would be our destination for safety. Read more >

Mass Graves in Texas Show Perilous Journey Continues in US

In a neglected cemetery an hour's drive north of the Mexican border, the graves of unknown immigrants lay hidden among and beneath the marked gravestones of others.

“They’re buried throughout the cemetery,” explains Baylor University's Lori Baker, who heads a team of more than 30 archaeologists and forensic students. Her team has unearthed a mass grave of undocumented immigrants — dozens of bodies found in an unmarked corner of the Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, Texas, nearly 80-miles from the border. Read more >

Three Myths of the Unaccompanied Minors Crisis, Debunked

On Monday President Obama asked Congress for an emergency $2 billion to address the flows of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor children arriving at the U.S-Mexico border. Arrivals of children, already estimated at 52,000 this year, are expected to reach a record 90,000. Obama asked for money to fund the addition of immigration judges, detention facilities and enforcement efforts to stem the tides of new arrivals. Read more >

Obama Substitutes Lobbying Groups For Americans’ Support For Immigration

President Barack Obama seemed to reveal his real feelings about democracy and about Americans when he improvised large sections of his Monday Rose Garden speech on immigration.

Reporters in the Rose Garden read the prepared text on monitors on each side of the stage, and tracked Obama’s apparently heart-felt additions, which minimized respect for public opinion and for the native-born population of the United States. Read more >