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U.S. Judge Issues Split Ruling on Utah Immigration Law

A federal judge issued a split ruling Wednesday on Utah's controversial immigration law, upholding one key measure but striking down several others in legislation that was passed in 2011 amid a wave of immigration crackdowns around the country. Read more >

Overcrowded, unsanitary conditions seen at immigrant detention centers

Immigrant youths covered the dirty concrete floors of the Border Patrol holding cells here, sprawled shoulder to shoulder and draped in grubby Red Cross blankets, enveloped in a haze of sweat and body odor.

Groups of girls and boys stared out the windows of their cells, some of the girls holding babies of their own, as agents watched from a central monitoring station. A girl could be seen scrubbing her armpits at the back of the cell. Read more >

Obama's LGBT Order Leaves Immigrant Groups Wanting More

President Barack Obama's plan to sign an executive order extending workplace protections to some LGBT Americans is cause for celebration within the LGBT community, but gay and transgender immigrants worry they are still being left behind. Read more >

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Border Children Tell Their Stories: Why We Came to the US

Cesar was four years old when a group of men in his tiny hometown killed his father. He was a teenager when he says the same group of men began to threaten his older brother.

At age 17, tired of hiding in his house, Cesar left the poverty, violence and drug gangs of Guatemala behind and set out for the U.S. Read more >

Undocumented immigrants in New York could become 'state citizens' under new bill

Undocumented immigrants in New York could become “state citizens” with a slew of benefits from driver’s licenses to voting rights under a bill to be introduced Monday.

Advocates are set to announce the measure that would allow immigrants who aren’t U.S. citizens to become New York State citizens if they can prove they’ve lived and paid taxes in the state for three years and pledge to uphold New York laws — regardless of whether they’re in the country legally. Read more >

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From Cantor to college, don't forget the immigrants in the US immigration fight

Personal piece by Cristina Henriquez

My father left Panama, the country where he was born and raised, to come to the United States. He came, in 1971, to study chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. When he landed (in New York, where the school had mistakenly sent him), he had a suitcase, he spoke halting English, and he didn't know a soul. Read more >

Immigration groups allege abuse of migrant minors by US border patrol

An alliance of immigration and civil rights organisations have filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on behalf of more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children, some as young as five, alleging abuse by US Customs and Border Protection, in a document which they say reflects a “humanitarian crisis” at the border. Read more >

Private U.S. prisons for immigrants rife with abuses: report

Private prisons holding more than 25,000 people who violated U.S. immigration laws are cutting corners to generate profits and subjecting inmates to systematic abuse, a report released on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union said. Read more >

Dear Tea Party, Illegal Immigrants Benefit Our Nation. Blocking Reform Hurts Everyone.

Dave Brat, the man who just defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is a Tea Party Republican and an economics professor. Brat, claiming that, "God acted through people on my behalf," apparently believes that God doesn't want immigration reform. Read more >

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Cantor Loss Upends Republicans, Dims Immigration Bill

Note: The latest news report is that Eric Cantor will resign his post as House Majority Leader effective July 31

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic loss in yesterday’s Virginia primary sent shock waves through the Republican Party, creating an opening for a Tea Party-backed candidate to vie for a leadership post and likely cementing Washington gridlock for years. Read more >