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Elise Foley

After Immigration Win, Advocates Look To Implementation | Elise Foley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's new executive actions on immigration face legal challenges and major threats from Republicans in Congress, but ...

Lydia O'Connor

Undocumented Immigrants Flock To Get Driver's Licenses Under New California Law | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.16.2014 | Latino Voices

California Department of Motor Vehicles locations, often the bane of a driver’s existence, will be exciting places for more than 1 million Californi...

Mr. President, What About Me?

Joana Godinho | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Joana Godinho

I have been in America nearly a decade, and always with a legal immigration status. However, it didn't take me long to figure out that somewhere along the way core American values -- family, hard work, honesty, integrity -- were no longer the guiding principles of its immigration policy.

Indentured Servitude: The Fight to End Recruitment Abuse in Mexico

Daniel Pena | Posted 12.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Pena

Imagine this scenario: you're the head of a household in rural Mexico where the local economy collapsed along with the peso and the jobs never came back. The weakening peso eroded your savings, your purchasing power, but most importantly your dignity.

The Time Is Right for California to Extend Health Coverage for All

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

California has benefited tremendously from the hard work of immigrants. And it is continuing to lead the rest of the nation in improving access to health care and coverage in all communities, including families who are undocumented.

Carol Kuruvilla

Are Undocumented Immigrants Welcome At America's Thanksgiving Table? | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion

When he was a child, Eduardo Samaniego sat down with his family every year in his hometown of Zacatecas, Mexico, to eat a Thanksgiving meal. But i...

Are Republicans Hoping to Defund Border Security and Law Enforcement?

John A. Tures | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

The president's action is largely one of inaction, making it difficult to withhold money for the non-event. And funds would be cut for targeting dangerous criminals here illegally, as well as border security.

Immigrant Organizations Key to Carrying Out Obama's Executive Action

Erwin de Leon | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

As undocumented immigrants start applying for deportation reprieve, legal-aid and other immigrant-serving organizations will bear the brunt of helping these individuals. These groups will continue providing basic social services, as beneficiaries of the president's executive action will not have access to free health care.

Dana Liebelson

LGBT Immigrants Slam Obama's Plan: 'He's Not In Support Of Us' | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- Undocumented LGBT immigrants are criticizing President Barack Obama for excluding them from his immigration plan, even as they are happy...

Immigration Fight Is Psychological Warfare

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The GOP pushes Obama's buttons. Obama -- finally! -- pushes back.

I'm a Legal Immigrant and I Welcome the President's Action on Immigration

Dex Torricke-Barton | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Dex Torricke-Barton

All of us, documented and undocumented immigrants alike, are on a common journey in search of a better life. We came here to join a country that has always been a nation of immigrants, and a beacon to people from all nations. Why reject the people who will make America greater still?

Obama's Immigration Plan Will Affect These K-12 Students With Undocumented Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.19.2014 | Latino Voices

President Barack Obama will announce on Thursday night his plan for executive action on immigration, which is expected to grant deportation relief to ...

Undocumented Immigrant Seeks Sanctuary In Philadelphia Church

Reuters | Daniel Kelley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - An undocumented immigrant who has "always lived in fear" of deportation said on Tuesday she moved into a Philadelph...

Who Cares About U.S. Immigration?

Annie Pettit | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Annie Pettit

The issue of refugees and illegal immigration sparked heated debates over the summer. On the July Fourth holiday, Obama told citizens that immigrants are central to the way of life in the USA, and that he hoped to pass comprehensive immigration overhauls.

Matt Ferner

Man Who Says He Was Beaten By Police And Jailed For Months Now Faces Deportation | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

On March 23, when Willian Guillen's shift at the Peruvian restaurant Millenium Chicken on New York's Long Island ended around midnight, he and co-chef...

As Bad As You Think It Is, It's Worse: Wage Theft Comes to America

Les Leopold | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Les Leopold

In Denmark fast food workers make $20 an hour plus benefits, and the corporations who employ them are still profitable. Why there and not here? The answer is simple and painful -- wage theft.

'I'm an American Without Documentation': The Trials and Tribulations of an Undocumented College Student

Matthew Ogbeifun | Posted 11.08.2014 | College
Matthew Ogbeifun

National Immigration Reform is the hope that Nestor and thousands of other undocumented students hang on to. They hope that one day it will allow them to be more visible and start giving back to the society that raised them.

Oregon Immigrant Who Took Refuge In Church Arrested

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An immigrant activist who took refuge at an Oregon church more than a month ago to avoid deportation has been arrested on fede...

Elections Happened: What's Next For Immigration?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Obama now has around two months to come out with some sort of relief as the deportation counter keeps ticking away. He is still encouraging the GOP to come out with something, but has doubled down on his promise to reform as much of the immigration system as he legally can if they don't.

Why Some Republicans Think Health Insurance for Undocumented Residents Makes Sense

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Democrats in Congress decided not to provide coverage to the estimated 11.5 million undocumented residents in the U.S. Actually, it'd be more accurate to say that many of them were unwilling to vote for a reform bill enabling undocumented residents to buy coverage on the state health insurance exchanges out of fear of jeopardizing their re-election chances.

Ryan Grim

Justice Department Blocks Deportation Of Immigrant Beaten By California Police | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- The Department of Justice has stepped in to free a man from detention by immigration authorities, telling a federal judge that the DOJ ...

Jesuits Urge Humanitarian Protections for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Be Upheld

Christian Fuchs | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Fuchs

The Society of Jesus in the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continue to urge the government not to roll back humanitarian protections for refugees and asylum seekers simply because more people need it.

Obama Administration Urges Rejection Of Jan Brewer's Appeal

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — The Obama administration has urged a court to reject Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that blocks the state from denying ...

'Strong Year-End Executive Action' on Immigration: Legally Sound and Politically Helpful

Prerna Lal | Posted 11.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

The fact that legal challenges to administrative actions such as DACA have bit the dust should embolden the President to expand the program to as many people as possible, and not stop at any arbitrary limits imposed by political will.

Leading Change or Waiting For It?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

It's time to stop the spin and make one thing perfectly clear: Pundits and politicos make speeches. Working people make change. The power of our vote will be felt at the polls in November.