Immigration

Border & Immigration
10:13 am
Wed January 28, 2015

GOP Considering Lawsuit On Immigration

Washington — House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the President’s unilateral deportation curbs.

Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing a legal plan with the best chance of blocking Obama’s moves, according to a person in the room.

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U.S.
5:19 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

For Some Immigrants, Temporary Life In U.S. Can Mean A Long Stay

Alex Sanchez with his wife, Blanca, and sons Duvan and Irvin. Sanchez has been eligible to live and work legally in the U.S. since 2001, when his home country, El Salvador, experienced a major earthquake.
Alexandra Starr for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 5:45 pm

Earlier this month, the U.S. government gave more than 200,000 Salvadorans living here temporarily the opportunity to stay for at least another 18 months.

These immigrants are on something called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. It's for immigrants who are already living in the United States illegally when a natural or humanitarian disaster hits their home country.

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Border & Immigration
7:54 am
Tue January 13, 2015

As Lawmakers Focus On Repeal Of The State’s Dream Act, Where Do These Children Of Texas Go?

Freshman Alfredo Avila studies on the UTSA north campus during the holiday break.
Crystal Chavez

Several lawmakers have already filed bills to repeal the Texas Dream Act. Texas’ incoming lieutenant governor, Sen. Dan Patrick, has vowed to repeal it during the 84th legislative session, which begins Tuesday. And Governor-elect Gregg Abbott has said if one of the bills lands on his desk, he would not veto it.

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Border & Immigration
3:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Why Are Fewer Mexicans Crossing The U.S. Border?

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

More non-Mexicans were apprehended at the southern border than Mexicans in 2014 and apprehensions of Mexicans have fallen to a historic low. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with Jeff Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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Border & Immigration
2:53 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Undocumented Immigrant Now Feels 'More American'

Junior Adriano at his former high school in Anthony, Texas.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 1:59 pm

The world is changing for Junior Adriano.

He's one of many immigrants applying for legal status under DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is one of President Obama's executive actions on immigration. Those deeply controversial acts have changed many lives. This story explores Junior's life before and after he came out of the shadows.

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Border & Immigration
2:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Why El Salvador's Youth Are Fleeing

Photos of many of the “desaparecidos” — the “disappeared ones” (Courtesy of Norman Palomo)

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 2:21 pm

The immigration crisis involving thousands of unaccompanied minors coming from Central America this past summer, may seem far away, but one in three of the so-called “border kids” remain in the U.S.

The children live with their sponsors, usually a relative, while they wait their fate in immigration court. Many are seeking asylum – claiming gang related violence and extreme poverty threaten their lives if they were to go back to their country of origin.

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Community
1:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Immigrants Need Compassion, Not Detention, Says Archbishop

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller spoke against detention facilities for immigrants in south Texas, saying they deserve compassion, not jail.
Credit http://ievangelize.wordpress.com/

The Archdiocese of San Antonio is taking a stand against the detention of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. On Thursday, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said that he was troubled by the opening and expansion of detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley.

Garcia-Siller said he was urging the government to ensure protections for those who had come to the U.S. to escape unthinkable situations in their homeland. He took his concerns outside the San Fernando Cathedral.

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U.S.
4:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Born In The U.S. But Turned Back At The Border, Time After Time

Maria Isabel de la Paz, a U.S. citizen, was twice turned away when trying to enter the U.S. legally. When she attempted an illegal crossing, her case was decided by a Border Patrol agent, not an immigration judge.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Maria Isabel de la Paz is a 30-year-old Houstonian who works at a Chick-fil-A. She holds the distinction of being a U.S. citizen who was prevented for a dozen years from entering the United States.

Her case is at the heart of what immigrant advocates say is wrong with U.S. immigration enforcement — that deportations are increasingly being handled by federal agents at the border, rather than in immigration court. The practice is not necessarily illegal, but critics say it is fundamentally unfair.

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Around the Nation
5:07 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Some Deportees Return To Mexico But Their Stuff Stays In The U.S.

A woman walks toward the international crossing gate in Nogales, Ariz., in March 2013.
Jahi Chikwendiu Washington Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:14 pm

Derek Lucas Reyes, 20, went from being undocumented in the U.S. to undocumented in his native Mexico.

He sits at a table after breakfast in a shelter filled with people recently deported from the U.S. to Nogales, Sonora. At his feet is a paper shopping bag the Department of Homeland Security gave him for his belongings. Inside the bag: his deportation paperwork, a toothbrush, toothpaste and some other necessities he got from Mexican aid workers.

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Immigration Executive Order
9:24 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Perry Orders All State Agencies Use E-Verify System

Governor Rick Perry with Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

In response to President Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, Rick Perry has issued his own executive action, requiring that all state agencies verify the immigration status of all employees working for the state through private contractors.

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