US: First Step to End Family Immigration Detention

June 25, 2015

6/25/15 Human Rights Watch

Army detentions MichoacanThe United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to scale back its use of family immigration detention could help thousands of children and mothers who are fleeing persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on June 24, 2015, that the Obama administration was committed to “substantial changes” to family immigration detention.

The greatest benefit would be for families who are seeking asylum in the US, Human Rights Watch said. Johnson said that “once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued.”

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Laredo Border Patrol saw busy weekend

June 23, 2015

6/22/15 KGNS TV

CBP_Border_Patrol_agent_reads_the_Miranda_rights_U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector significantly disrupted criminal organization activities over the weekend as they rescued illegal immigrants, detained subject with a criminal sexual crime, and made a significant narcotic seizure.

On June 19, at approximately 11:00PM, Laredo North Station agents assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35, rescued 37 illegal immigrants concealed inside a tractor-trailer. The driver was referred to secondary inspection where the agents discovered the undocumented immigrants in the unventilated cargo area. All of the undocumented immigrants were from Mexico.

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Feds arrest 280 immigrants, including 36 in Kansas

June 19, 2015

6/18/15 Washington Times

hands in handcuffsAuthorities say they have arrested 280 convicted criminals for deportation in six Midwest states, including Kansas, during a monthlong enforcement surge.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release Wednesday that of those arrested, 35 men and one woman were found in Kansas. Thirty of the immigrants came from Mexico, and six came from Guatemala. The agency says the immigrants arrested fall within its priorities for deportation. They had previous convictions for armed robbery, drug trafficking, drunken driving and other crimes.
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California on cusp of offering young immigrants health care

June 19, 2015

6/17/15 Washington Times

medicine healthcare - stethoscopeIn a move that adds momentum to efforts to integrate immigrants, California is on the cusp of extending state-subsidized health care coverage to children from low-income families who are in the country illegally.

Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates celebrated the announcement as both a cost-saving move and social progress for the state’s estimated 2.5 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. Critics, however, worry that the overburdened state-funded health program can’t handle another 170,000 children.

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Attracting Immigrants Grows Our Economy

June 11, 2015

6/09/15 Huffington Post – The Blog

naturalizationWe can all be glad that unemployment recently fell to 5.4 percent. But the reality is that consistent economic growth remains elusive.

Fortunately, the country has an untapped source of economic growth potential, and that is the many creative, industrious and motivated immigrants in our country. The United States has historically remained one of the world’s top economies in large part because it has been able to attract diverse people from around the globe, reaping the benefits of their talent and hard work.

But, too often in today’s political climate, immigration is cast as a negative, with issues like border security and unauthorized immigration dominating the news cycle. While we acknowledge the importance of those issues, they are only a part of the broader immigration question. After all, our immigrant population is one of the most promising solutions for our country’s tepid economic growth.

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Mexico Fumes After 2nd Immigrant Dies in Police Shooting: ‘We Don’t Want This to Be a Trend’

February 27, 2015

Fox News Latino, 2/26/2015

pistolMexico is condemning the death of a Mexican immigrant in Texas who was killed this week during a confrontation with police.

The death – which comes less than two weeks after the police-involved shooting of a Mexican immigrant in Washington state – has heightened diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

The most recent death occurred February 20 outside Dallas. Grapevine Police were searching for a robbery suspect and encountered Rubén García Villalpando,31, in his pickup truck while he was in the parking lot of a shopping center. He led police on a short chase but then stopped his vehicle, emerged from the pickup and began approaching police officers with his arms up.

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Mexico Gives US Consulates Access To Immigrants’ Birth Certificates For Work Permits

January 15, 2015

1/15/2015 International Business Time

shutterstock_102739391To make it easier for immigrants to apply for U.S. work permits and driver’s licenses and to seek protection from deportation, the Mexican government on Thursday started issuing birth certificates to its citizens at 50 consulates in the United States, The Associated Press reported. The consulates can access data maintained by regional governments in Mexico and print the birth certificates on site. But some rural villages, where documents are not digitally recorded, may not be covered, a consul official said.

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