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 Immigrant Veterans continue to be deported
 
Immigrant Veterans continue to be deported
At the height of the Vietnam War between 1968 and 1969, Hector Barrios was a 1st Calvary Division draftee. “It was a year — every day incoming fire, everything — fighting, you didn’t know if you were going to come back home,” he recalled in 2012. Barrios sustained head injuries from an explosive d....

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Immigration reform: 321 days of inaction
This morning (May 14) marks 321 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform bill. For 321 days, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has done absolutely nothing to address our nation’s broken immigration system. And to the extremists in the House, the ....
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 Public schools cannot deny undocumented students

Public schools cannot deny undocumented students
School districts may not use immigration status to deny enrollment, the Justice and Education Departments reminded schools in a set of updated guidelines released May 8th. In a letter to schools, Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder said that they had “become aware of student enr....

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Is Obama really the 'Deporter-in-Chief?'
For Prerna Lal, how deportation data is parsed and explained is personal. She was once an undocumented immigrant herself, and for her, the deportation statistics represent people’s lives. “There’s political motivations behind the numbers game,” says Lal. “We can cut the numbers either way, but th....
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Alabama Senator dishonors César Chávez
Last week was quite busy for the Senate’s leading anti-immigrant member, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). By objecting to a Senate resolution honoring Latino civil rights hero César Chávez and touting the shoddy “research” of allied anti-immigrant organization the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), ....
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César Chávez restored our faith in humanity President Barack Obama
We are here to celebrate the life of an American hero. César Chávez was a man who devoted this brief time that we have on Earth to making sure that this country lived up to some of its lofty ideals, the words of our founding, the idea that all of us are created equal -- a man who organized others ....
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Fast for Families leaders arrested, released
Following a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Joe García in Miami last week, “Fast for Families Across America” leaders attempted to deliver a letter to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s Congressional Office calling on the U.S House of Representatives to bring immigration reform to a....
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Florida Gov supports in-state tuition for undocumented
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said last week that he would back a Senate proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition, so long as they meet certain requirements. “I want tuition to be lower,” said Scott. “It’s unbelievable how much tuition has gone up.” Scott said that....
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One year after RNC ‘autopsy’ report
This week it has been one year since the Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a post-election “autopsy” analyzing the GOP’s shortcomings in 2012 and making recommendations on how the GOP can ensure a different outcome in future presidential elections. Notably, the RNC autopsy captured that t....
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Crossing U.S. border to highlight deportations
In an effort to renew focus on the Obama administration’s handling of deportations, between 150 and 200 immigrant activists are attempting to cross the U.S.-México border this week. The group, consisting of both undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens who had once lived in the United States, sho....
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Failure to act will be a shameful legacy
As a community — and as an organization — bipartisanship is a vital part of who we are. Latinos offer a broad variety of experiences, cultural histories, and political views that long to be represented in American politics. We don’t adhere to one party, one ideology, or one point of view. We, o....
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Obama urged to use executive order on deportations
Nearly three dozen bishops, church leaders, and undocumented immigrants were arrested this week in front of the White House for protesting President Obama’s record on deportation. Advocates urged Obama to use executive action to halt deportations before his administration deports its two millionth....
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Will Phoenix document the 'undocumented'?
It was tough to convince Viridiana Hernández to call the Phoenix police when her house was broken into. She now has a work permit, under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan, which temporarily protects her from deportation. But when someone broke into her house in 2012, her ....
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Legalization and citizenship: where do we go?
Now that Republicans in the House of Representatives are preparing to unveil their “principles” for immigration reform, speculation is raging over how broad the “legalization” they will propose might be. There are plenty of paths to take. There are certain things we know, and many things we don't,....
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Undocumented immigrants at State of the Union
When Cristian Avila was rejected for a college scholarship a few years ago, his mother “fell to her knees” crying and profusely apologized. That was the moment Avila found out that he was undocumented. He had been rejected for a scholarship “not because of bad grades, but because I was missing nin....
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