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Migrant Families Win Victory With Detention Ruling

Migrant Families Win Victory With Detention Ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice’s current system of detaining children with their mothers after they’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border violates an 18-year-old court settlement. The July 25 decision by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California is a victory for the immigrant rights lawyers who [...]
Work Permits for DACA Youth Could Prompt U.S. VisitImmigrant youth who mistakenly received a three-year work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program might receive a visit at home by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials to retrieve the document because they are supposed to have one that is good for two years, grassroots organizations that help immigrants said [...]
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S.F. Shooting Prompts Prayers From Grassroots Groups  Grassroots advocates in San Francisco offered condolences on Tuesday over the death of Kathryn Steinle, whose fatal shooting on July 1 became particularly controversial because authorities say the man responsible is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who had been deported several times and was not in custody. Representatives from faith, civil rights and immigration [...]
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Obama’s Immigration Plan Debated at U.S. Appeals CourtNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Noise from hundreds of chanting immigration activists outside a federal appeals court building competed at times on July 10 with lawyers arguing inside over President Barack Obama’s proposal to shield an estimated 5 million people from deportation who are in the U.S. without authorization.  “The three judges felt the vibrancy and power [...]
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Miami-Dade County Gets Closer to Backing Citizenship  When it comes to helping immigrants and people with permanent residency status take steps toward gaining citizenship, grassroots advocates and families say that every bit of support matters.  On July 2, the Miami-Dade County Commission took a supportive step when it approved a resolution backing the “Cities for Citizenship” initiative, which could make it [...]
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Complaint: Detaining Immigrant Families Causes TraumaSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint asks for the agency’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to investigate 10 [...]
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Mark Zuckerberg Gives $5M for Immigrant ScholarshipsA scholarship fund for undocumented youth soared by $5 million on Wednesday, after the San Francisco Bay Area husband-wife team of Mark Zuckerberg, a Facebook co-founder, and Priscilla Chan, a doctor, announced their contribution on the popular social networking site. The $5 million donation to TheDream.US will support more than 400 scholarships for immigrant youth [...]
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Is Texas Building Its Own Border Security Force?MCALLEN, Texas (AP) €— When former Gov. Rick Perry ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, Texas bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande. That was a [...]
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DACA – a ‘Life Changer’ for Immigrants – Is Remembered  A federal program to help immigrants who were brought to the United States as kids received special attention Monday, as youth, their parents and grassroots advocates recognized the third anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) called the [...]
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Report: For-Profit Prisons Benefit From Immigrant QuotasSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Minimum occupancy quotas at immigrant detention facilities nationwide benefit for-profit prison operators by guaranteeing the government pays for thousands of detainees, regardless of whether those spots are filled, according to a new report by a group that monitors immigrant detention. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had to pay for 3,255 immigrants daily at five detention [...]
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