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US: Act on Immigration Reform in 2015

President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration protects millions of families in the US but leaves major rights concerns unaddressed, Human Rights Watch sa Read more >

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Canada’s immigration policy: No country for old men

In 1967 Canada invented a way to remove discrimination and prejudice from the process of choosing which immigrants to let in. The points system ignored an applicant’s race and country of origin (until then it helped to be white). Instead, it rewarded education, fluency in English or French and work experience. Read more >

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Finally, a News Anchor Challenged the President Over Deportations

A few editorial pages do it, immigrant-rights and Latino advocates certainly do it, but mainstream news outlets, not so much. That is, forcefully challenge President Obama on immigration – on the disconnect between his oratory about hopes and dreams and his actual deportation record; and on the dissonance behind his recently announced plan to use executive action to defer deportations for millions. Read more >

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Finally, a News Anchor Challenged the President Over Deportations

A few editorial pages do it, immigrant-rights and Latino advocates certainly do it, but mainstream news outlets, not so much. That is, forcefully challenge President Obama on immigration – on the disconnect between his oratory about hopes and dreams and his actual deportation record; and on the dissonance behind his recently announced plan to use executive action to defer deportations for millions. Read more >

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Wave of Minors on Their Own Rush to Cross Southwest Border

[...] The Obama administration says the primary cause of the influx of children is rising crime and ailing economies in Central America, not policy changes in the United States.

To deal with the surge, the administration on Monday used a California naval base to house recently apprehended minors and ordered the federal emergency administrator to develop a plan of action. Read more >

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Undocumented Life Is a Hurdle as Immigrants Seek a Reprieve

Chul Soo, a 27-year-old illegal immigrant from South Korea, has lived on the fringes of society in recent years, working off the books at a video game store and a beauty supplies wholesaler in New York City, carrying neither a driver’s license nor credit cards, and having little contact with the government. Read more >

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. Read more >

New executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries applying for visas

President Trump is preparing to sign a new executive order Monday that White House officials hope can withstand legal scrutiny that will ban travelers from six majority-Muslim nations seeking new visas from entering the United States for 90 days, according to a fact sheet the administration sent to Congress. Read more >

Pope Francis implores Congress to accept immigrants as their own

Pope Francis, a son of immigrants making history’s first papal address to the U.S. Congress, implored America’s leaders on Thursday to accept immigrants as their own children, putting aside political differences to embrace those who “travel north in search of a better life.” Read more >

House passes bill to crack down on 'sanctuary cities'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Thursday cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Angry Democrats accused Republicans of aligning themselves with Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant views, and the White House threatened a veto. Read more >