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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 >

Border protection internal affairs chief fired amid abuse claims

U.S. Customs and Border Protection removed its head of internal affairs on Monday and called for a review of procedures involving the use of force following a wave of shooting deaths of unarmed civilians and hundreds of complaints of abuse by armed agents. Read more >

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