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April 2, 2013
Will the new guidance make it harder for writers? Perhaps just a bit at first. But while labels may be more facile, they are not accurate.
The Associated Press’ reasoning (in a nutshell) for officially dropping the term “illegal immigrant” from the AP Stylebook on Tuesday. Official AP style now calls for writers to specifically state that a person(s) is living in a given location illegally, rather than referring to the person(s) themselves as being illegal. source
15:26 // 1 year ago
March 2, 2013

DHS releases thousands of jailed immigrants awaiting deportation

  • 2000+ jailed immigrants released while awaiting deportation, by the Department of Homeland Security over the last few weeks — a considerably higher amount than the “few hundred” claimed by the Obama administration, with 3,000 more planned in March. According to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, cautioning of this outcome on Monday, the releases are compensation for the effect of Friday’s budget sequestration: “We’re doing our very best to minimize the impacts of sequester, but there’s only so much I can do. You know, I’m supposed to have 34,000 detention beds for immigration. How do I pay for those?” source
15:55 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2013
Finally, Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The legislation, dreamed up and championed in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden, died in the House last year when the Republican leadership refused to put it to a vote (it had already passed the Senate). The problem, if you want to put it that way, was that Senate Democrats had modified the legislation to add protections for LGBT women, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. John Boehner and company objected to these additions so strongly that they refused to let the House vote on it, despite indications that it would pass if they did. Today, Boehner relented, and will allow the House to vote on the bill. It’s expected to pass and will likely land on the President’s desk at the end of the week. (Photo: Getty images) source

Finally, Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The legislation, dreamed up and championed in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden, died in the House last year when the Republican leadership refused to put it to a vote (it had already passed the Senate). The problem, if you want to put it that way, was that Senate Democrats had modified the legislation to add protections for LGBT women, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. John Boehner and company objected to these additions so strongly that they refused to let the House vote on it, despite indications that it would pass if they did. Today, Boehner relented, and will allow the House to vote on the bill. It’s expected to pass and will likely land on the President’s desk at the end of the week. (Photo: Getty images) source

18:02 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
pewresearch:

While Obama’s job ratings are up at least slightly among many demographic groups, one of the most striking turnarounds over the past year is in the views of Hispanics. Read more.

It’s hard not to assume that the upswing in President Obama’s job approval rating among hispanics relates to the recent push for immigration reform. And though well it may be, it’s worth remembering that immigration isn’t the sole politically-influenced area of hispanic life in America. There’s a panoply of topics before us  — jobs, health care, education, justice, and social issues among them — that animate people across all demographic lines. It’s important not to lose sight of that complexity.

pewresearch:

While Obama’s job ratings are up at least slightly among many demographic groups, one of the most striking turnarounds over the past year is in the views of Hispanics. Read more.

It’s hard not to assume that the upswing in President Obama’s job approval rating among hispanics relates to the recent push for immigration reform. And though well it may be, it’s worth remembering that immigration isn’t the sole politically-influenced area of hispanic life in America. There’s a panoply of topics before us — jobs, health care, education, justice, and social issues among them — that animate people across all demographic lines. It’s important not to lose sight of that complexity.

15:19 // 1 year ago
February 17, 2013

White House’s immigration plan offers path to legal residency

  • eight the number of years it would take an undocumented immigrant to become a permanent resident, according to a draft version of the proposed immigration bill the White House is working on. The bill would require a criminal background check and biometric tests, and five years after receiving a green card, the undocumented immigrants would be able to apply for U.S. citizenship. source
10:43 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013
sonicbloom11:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeting in support of Dream Act during State of the Union.

This seems rather significant, no?

sonicbloom11:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeting in support of Dream Act during State of the Union.

This seems rather significant, no?

22:04 // 1 year ago
Right now, leaders from business, law enforcement, faith communities, all agree. Now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform. Now is the time. Time to get it done.
President Obama, calling for comprehensive immigration reform, subsequently citing his administration’s increase of “boots on the ground” along the Mexican border. He did seek to strike a balance between liberal and conservative dialogues on immigration, however, stating that undocumented immigrants would go “to the back of the line.”
21:51 // 1 year ago
February 6, 2013

soupsoup:

Native American tells anti-immigration protesters “You’re all f***ing illegal”

Epic protest, complete with stroller and baby. (warning: swears)

EDIT: This version was removed. The original is here, though.

(via brooklynmutt)

14:40 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
We knew it was too good to be true. Why didn’t Tancredo realize when he made the bet, or when he agreed to uphold it several days ago, that smoking weed would set a bad example for his grandchildren? source

We knew it was too good to be true. Why didn’t Tancredo realize when he made the bet, or when he agreed to uphold it several days ago, that smoking weed would set a bad example for his grandchildren? source

10:19 // 1 year ago
December 25, 2012

Report: Deportations hit record level in 2012, ICE reports

  • 400k the number of undocumented immigrants that have been deported in the U.S. in 2012 — a new record, by the way, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While more than half of those deported were convicted criminals, the number starkly shows one of Obama’s failings — his slowness at changing immigration policy. source
10:34 // 1 year ago