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Drawing Undocumented Immigrants out of the Shadows

With federal immigration bills stalled on Capitol Hill, many states are charging ahead on their own to open doors to unauthorized immigrants, from allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities, to giving them driver's licenses and providing them with welfare or Medicaid benefits. Read more >

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The US-Mexico Border: Where the Constitution Goes to Die

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website.

Shena Gutierrez was already cuffed and in an inspection room in Nogales, Arizona, when the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent grabbed her purse, opened it, and dumped its contents onto the floor right in front of her. There couldn't be a sharper image of the Bill of Rights rollback we are experiencing in the US borderlands in the post-9/11 era. Read more >

Immigration Detention Quotas Have Kept Families Apart for 55 Million Nights

A congressional mandate requires that the U.S. hold 34,000 unauthorized immigrants in detention every day, for an annual cost of $2 billion. (Unsurprisingly, gobs of money paid to for-profit prison corporations are involved.) Read more >

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Border Crisis Casts Shadow Over Obama’s Immigration Plan

The crisis on the border with Mexico has overtaken President Obama’s plans to use executive action to reshape the nation’s immigration system, forcing him to confront a new set of legal, administrative and political complications. Read more >

The Truth about the Immigration “Crisis”: Our Drug Policies and U.S.-Backed Tyrants Created Central America’s Culture of Violence

Some years ago, I flew in from Asia to interview some State Department people and stayed with my dear friend Judith Evans in Northwest Washington. A Latin Americanist with an honorable record as a correspondent, Judith spoke Latin American Spanish. This put her right at home in her building: The staff were all Honduran and Salvadoran. Read more >

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Lawmakers From Texas Will Offer Border Bill

Two Texas lawmakers say they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill on Tuesday intended to combat the humanitarian crisis at the nation’s southern border and make it easier to send migrant children from Central America back to their home countries. Read more >

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