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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What Will Obama & EPN Discuss?

January 5, 2015

12/27/2014 

By Andrew Selee

mexico-usa-flag-montageOn January 6, Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama will meet at the White House in Washington to go over several points on the bilateral agenda.  It’s the third visit that Pena Nieto makes to the United States, but his first to Washington, and it follows on two visits that Obama has made to Mexico for presidential discussions.

Both Presidents are facing difficult moments in their domestic agendas.  Pena Nieto for reasons that are well-known, and Obama because he faces the inauguration of a Republican Congress on the same day.  Yet there are at least four issues on the agenda between the Presidents that are critical for both countries.

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Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

September 23, 2014

09/14 By Juliana Kerr, Paul McDaniel and Melissa Guinan                                                                                                                                                      The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council

Immigration Policy Center logoElected and civic leaders throughout the Midwest are recognizing that they have a role to play in shaping immigration policy despite inaction at the federal level. Whether by launching programs to infuse the local economy with new talent or adopting strategies to socially integrate immigrants, there is an unprecedented commitment from local leaders understanding the importance of immigrant integration in the region. This report puts the range of Midwestern initiatives into context, offering a concise overview of state, city and metropolitan programs, as well as the robust non-governmental civic initiatives that sometimes operate alongside, or in place of, government-driven programs.

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Immigrants Seen as Way to Refill Detroit Ranks

January 24, 2014

120px-A_day_without_immigrants_-_La_Raza_unida_jamás_será_vencidaThe New York Times, 01/23/2014

For Detroit, a city that has watched a population in free fall, officials have a new antidote: immigrants.

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on Thursday announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts.

Under the plan, which is expected to be formally submitted to federal authorities soon, immigrants would be required to live and work in Detroit, a city that has fallen to 700,000 residents from 1.8 million in the 1950s.

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States take action on immigration as Congress stalls

January 22, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006The New York Times, 01/21/2014

Immigrants coming to the United States increasingly face a distinctive choice: Live in Red America, where laws clamping down on services to those in the country illegally are winning support, or Blue America, where life is a little easier for them. Comprehensive immigration reform languishes amid partisan sniping on Capitol Hill. But Republicans and Democrats in 45 state legislatures around the country have taken decisive action in the last year to revise their own laws relating to immigration, and how their states treat illegal immigrants.

“We are still waiting for the federal government to fix the immigration system,” said Washington State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D), the co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ immigration task force. “States are doing the best we can with the tools we have available to us. State legislators face fiscal challenges in education, health and law enforcement. To do nothing is not an option.”

Despite the congressional inaction, both Republicans and Democrats have taken steps in response to the federal government. Republican-controlled states acted to tighten immigration laws in response to a 2012 Supreme Court decision that struck down some law enforcement elements of Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070. A handful of Democratic-controlled states acted after the Department of Homeland Security said it would offer a temporary reprieve, and permission to work, to low-priority illegal immigrants.

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Prosecutorial discretion on the rise in immigration courts

January 16, 2014

Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrestThe Los Angeles Times, 01/15/2013

Immigrants facing deportation are increasingly likely to have their cases dismissed because of mitigating factors such as having U.S. citizen children, according to an analysis by researchers at Syracuse University.

In some courts, at least 20% of case closures involved prosecutorial discretion. Of the roughly 35,000 cases closed in Los Angeles over the last two years, nearly 24% were prosecutorial discretion cases.

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