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Skepticism, joy among illegal immigrants over Obama decision

June 16th, 2012 (No Comments)

By Miranda Leitsinger, msnbc.com While some illegal immigrants and their advocates heralded the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that it would no longer seek the deportation of most undocumented youth, others expressed skepticism, saying it was a grab for Latino votes and wouldn’t make a big difference. More… A senior administration official said in a conference […]

Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

June 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who […]

Fact Sheet: Transforming the Immigration Enforcement System Release Date: June 15, 2012

June 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

Direct Link Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.  As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who […]

Obama Offers Two Years of ‘Deferred Action’ to Illegal Immigrants

June 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

Those who are in the U.S. illegally, but meet certain criteria, won’t face prosecution Some young illegal immigrants living in the United States will be eligible for a reprieve from federal prosecution, according to a Friday announcement by the Obama administration. It’s a move ripe with election year politics as both President Obama and Republican […]

DHS will formally announce this morning that it will offer deferred action to DREAMers.

June 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

DHS will formally announce this morning that it will offer deferred action to DREAMers. Preliminary information indicates that eligible applicants must: Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16 Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012 Have maintained continuous residence Have not been convicted of one […]

STARS Act Highlights Potential Pitfalls of Rubio DREAM Proposal

June 5th, 2012 (No Comments)

When news broke yesterday that a Florida congressman introduced an alternative version of the DREAM Act, many assumed it was Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been promising for months to introduce such legislation. In fact, the bill in question—dubbed the STARS Act—was introduced by Rep. David Rivera, a member of the House who introduced similar […]

Teen stuck in Mexico over ‘Leap Day’ error may miss graduation speech

May 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

By Miranda Leitsinger, msnbc.com A teen who is slated to give the salutatorian speech at her high school graduation Saturday may miss the big event because of an immigration deadline that she missed by a day. More..

Almost-deported valedictorian Daniela Pelaez helps introduce immigration reform bill

May 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

By James Eng, msnbc.com A little more than two months after she came close to being deported, high school valedictorianDaniela Pelaez joined a Florida congressman on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as he introduced a bill to allow undocumented students to remain in the U.S. if they get a college degree.   More..

Minorities now account for most U.S. births, census data show

May 17th, 2012 (No Comments)

New 2011 census estimates due to be released indicate that ‘an important landmark’ has been reached in U.S. demographic evolution as longtime immigration growth ebbs, an expert says. Associated Press May 16, 2012, 11:06 p.m.

Mexican immigration to U.S. at a standstill, report says

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

By msnbc.com staff and news services WASHINGTON — Faced with a persistently weak economy, the number of immigrants flowing into the United States from Mexico has declined for the first time in decades, according to a study released on Monday.   In all, the Mexican-born population in the U.S. last year — legal and illegal […]

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