Mark Zuckerberg, undocumented immigrants ‘hack’ immigration reform

November 20, 2013

facebookThe Los Angeles Times, 11/20/2013

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is bringing young undocumented immigrants with engineering chops to Silicon Valley to “hack” immigration reform.

Twenty young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children are taking part in a “DREAMer Hackathon” on Wednesday at LinkedIn’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

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Can Obama legalize 11 million immigrants on his own? Op-Ed

November 18, 2013

immigration marchThe Washington Post, 11/14/2013

It’s now looking extremely unlikely that Congress will enact immigration reform this year. And that raises a question: Could President Obama use his executive powers to effectively legalize some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States?

This possibility has actually been raised several times before. Back in August, Sen. Marco Rubio warned House Republicans that if they don’t pass a bill, Obama will act on his own: “I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress,” Rubio said, “to issue an executive order as he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen.”

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Mexico Asks US to Halt Parts of Arizona’s SB1070 Immigration Law

December 28, 2012

Fox News Latino, 12/27/2012

Opponents of Arizona’s controversial SB1070 law have a new ally: Mexico. The Mexican government is urging a U.S. court to block a part of the law that prohibits the harboring of undocumented immigrants. Lawyers representing Mexico asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing Wednesday to uphold a lower-court ruling that blocked police from enforcing the ban. Mexico argued the ban harms diplomatic relations between the United States, undermines the U.S.’s ability to speak to a foreign country with one voice and encourages the marginalization of Mexicans and people who appear to be from Latin America.

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Dallas’ new Mexican consul has a tough act to follow

December 12, 2012

Dallas Morning News, 12/07/2012

dallasLatino leaders in Dallas say they hope the arrival of a new Mexican consul means legal assistance to immigrants remains high, especially if Congress approves legalization for some of those here unlawfully.

Juan Carlos Cue Vega left before Thanksgiving, two weeks before last Saturday’s inauguration of Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto. The Dallas successor for one of the largest consulates for Mexico is expected to be named several weeks after an inauguration that returns Mexico’s old often-authoritarian party to government rule after a 12-year absence.

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Unauthorized Immigrants: 11.1 Million in 2011

December 7, 2012

Pew Hispanic Center, 12/6/2012

pew-hispanic-center_logoThere were 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in March 2011, unchanged from the previous two years and a continuation of the sharp decline in this population since its peak in 2007, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

The estimate for 2011 is not statistically different from totals for 2010 (11.2 million) or 2009 (11.1 million).1 The number of unauthorized immigrants peaked in 2007 at 12 million, and the decline since then has been the first significant decrease following two decades of growth.

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US, Mexico complete two-month trial to fly deportees deep into Mexico; future efforts unclear

December 6, 2012

The Washington Post, 12/5/2012

iceThe U.S. and Mexican governments have completed a two-month program to fly deportees deep into Mexico, and the U.S. is looking to the new administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on whether to continue the effort aimed at relieving overwhelmed Mexican border cities.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 2,364 Mexican nationals flew on 18 flights during the trial period, all but three of them men. Nearly 2,000 had criminal convictions in the U.S.

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Illegal immigration: Who’s applying for Obama’s ‘DREAM Act’ deferrals?

November 20, 2012

The Christian Science Monitor, 11/20/2012

About one-quarter of the young undocumented immigrants eligible for the two-year deportation deferral established by President Obama have applied since the program started Aug. 15.

Statistics released last week by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gave the fullest portrait yet of who is applying, and they suggested that enthusiasm for the program was not dampened by the uncertainty caused by presidential election.

Republican nominee Mitt Romney had waffled on how he would handle the program, leading some immigration advocates to wonder if applicants might be wary of starting the process until the election was decided. But the data show the election had little effect on the process.

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Majority Supports Path to Citizenship; Greater Division on Other Social Issues

November 15, 2012

ABC News, 11/14/2012

Most Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, an issue that may be high on the agenda of newly re-elected President Obama and the 113 th Congress, given the increased importance of nonwhites – including Hispanic voters – in the nation’s political equation.

On two other prominent social issues in last week’s voting, a bare majority continues to support legalizing gay marriage, and this ABC News/Washington Post poll finds a new high, 48 percent, in support for legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

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New momentum for path to citizenship, but it won’t be easy

November 12, 2012

The Washington Post, 11/09/2012

A growing number of conservatives are softening their views on immigration in the wake of President Obama’s dominating performance among Hispanic voters, giving new momentum to a years-long push by advocates to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.

Yet even as officials in both parties pledged to make overhauling immigration a top goal in the coming months, it became clear Friday that the issue remains thorny for each side.

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Mexico: Alabama Immigration Law May Violate Trade Agreement

September 21, 2012

Fox News Latino, 9/21/2012

Mexico government officials are looking into whether Alabama’s anti-illegal immigration law – considered the toughest such state-level measure in the nation – violates the North American Free Trade Agreement.

An official with Mexico’s labor department confirms the review in a letter released Thursday by the group that filed the complaint, the Service Employees International Union. The Mexican government says it has asked the United States to begin talks about the matter that are allowed under NAFTA.

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