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Speech Reaction: Immigrants Celebrate the Moment

Speech Reaction: Immigrants Celebrate the Moment

President Barack Obama’s Thursday evening speech about executive actions on immigration included deportation relief for nearly 5 million people. For many immigrant families and grassroots advocates, that was a solid step to full progress. But the president’s nationally-televised address accomplished something else: It catapulted immigration back into the national spotlight. Election 2014 is over and the [...]
Obama Claims Legality to Make Immigration ChangesWASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration [...]
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The Full Text: President Obama’s Immigration SpeechText of President Barack Obama’s immigration address Thursday night, as provided by the White House: ___ My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.  For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, [...]
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Obama’s Immigration Plan: A Look at Key PartsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system could shield nearly 5 million people here illegally from deportation, without going through Congress. A look at the key executive measures Obama announced Thursday: PARENTS Protect from deportation and make eligible for work permits approximately 4.1 million people who are in the [...]
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What Will Obama’s Immigration News Mean for Families?WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature. Obama, in a video released on Facebook, said [...]
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Will Congress Block Idea to Protect 5M From Deportation?WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House. The estimate includes extending deportation protections to parents and spouses of [...]
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Ariz.’s Immigration Law Struck Down by U.S. JudgePHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s frustrations over federal enforcement of the state’s border with Mexico spawned a movement nearly a decade ago to have local police confront illegal immigration. Now, the state’s experiment in immigration enforcement is falling apart in the courts. A ruling Friday that struck down the state’s 2005 immigrant smuggling law marks the [...]
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In Border Disaster, Advocates Seek Names of the DeadWith her daughter missing, Dalila can’t give up hope. “Sometimes I think … I’m going to find her alive, somewhere, where she might be recovering. A hospital, a shelter.” Dalila, who lives in Oregon and works as a cleaner, asked that her last name be withheld for safety reasons. She came to the U.S. on [...]
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Ariz. ID Laws Used by Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under ReviewPHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for immigrants have urged a judge to shelve two Arizona ID theft laws that are the legal foundation for business raids by metro Phoenix’s sheriff. They argued on Thursday that the Legislature’s intent in passing the statutes wasn’t to confront identity theft but rather to combat illegal immigration. The state’s lawyers [...]
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Immigrants in Ariz. Have Right to Bail, U.S. Court RulesPHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday struck down a voter-approved Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.  An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]
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