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Pope Francis To Meet The Refugees Politicians Would Rather Forget

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 3:46 PM

NEW YORK -- When local drug gangs tried to force Christian Contreras into their ranks, he fled his home country of Honduras. He crossed into the United States illegally in search of his mother in 2013, spending one month in a shelter near the border before he made...

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Mexico’s Unpopular President Defends Himself In National Speech

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto defended his handling of security, human rights and the national economy amid widespread criticism during his third annual state of the union address on Wednesday.

Speaking for more than an hour and a half, Peña Nieto rattled off statistics that he said...

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Want To Reduce Illegal Immigration? End The Drug War.

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Several GOP presidential hopefuls have over the last few weeks offered wildly extreme and generally unrealistic proposals for deterring illegal immigration -- largely spurred by Donald Trump’s grandiose plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, then let a few of the

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These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

(16) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:19 AM

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amending the Constitution or by denying altogether that it confers that right. One of their central arguments is that other...

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8 Terms That Are Way Better Than The Slur ‘Anchor Baby’

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:55 PM

In recent days, a few Republican presidential candidates have stoked controversy by using the term “anchor baby” to refer to people born in the United States to foreigners -- part of a larger debate among Republicans over whether to restrict birthright citizenship. GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush drew particular attention when defending the term on Aug. 20, in his televised comments to reporters after a town hall event in New Hampshire. 

“Do you have a better term?” a defensive Bush asked. “You give me a better term, and I’ll use it.”

The term is a slur that many people find offensive. The Hispanic Leadership Network, a conservative Latino group that organized conferences that Bush co-chaired for three years in a row, urged conservative politicians to avoid using the derogatory term in order to avoid offending Latino voters.

But for those like Bush who are struggling for a way to explain themselves without offending large chunks of the populace, we’ve decided to offer a few alternatives for the term. Here’s eight ways to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants without using offensive slur.


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Judge Fighting Family Detention Has Personal Connection To Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:56 PM

The federal judge who called for the Obama administration to shut down family detention centers knows the issue of immigration personally. 

U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee, whose parents came to the U.S. from China, has built a record as a defender of immigrants and ethnic minorities...

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Jeb Bush Co-Chaired Group That Told Politicians Not To Say ‘Anchor Baby’

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) worked for years with a group that specifically told politicians not to use the term "anchor baby" because the offensive term would alienate Latino voters.

The Hispanic Leadership Network issued a memo in 2013,...

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15 Reasons Every American Should Learn Spanish

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:53 PM

If you don’t already speak Spanish, you really should consider learning, like, ahora!

Whether you want to improve your job prospects, keep your mind sharp, or explore new cultures without having to rely on Siri to ask for directions, Spanish is the one tool that will help you achieve all...

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DOJ Cracks Down On Puerto Rico Over Financial Mismanagement

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:10 PM

The Department of Justice is tightening the flow of federal money to a slew of Puerto Rican government agencies after a preliminary audit turned up irregular spending and lax internal controls.

A letter the DOJ sent Monday to Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García...

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Hillary Clinton Defends Call To Deport Child Migrants

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Hillary Clinton this week defended her call to deport children from the U.S. who are fleeing violence in...

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State Department Cautiously Criticizes Dominican Deportations

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:05 PM

The State Department on Friday gently scolded the Dominican Republic for its resumption of deportations, urging the country's government to avoid deporting people to Haiti if they had once held a claim to Dominican citizenship.

The statement was a notable departure for the Obama administration,...

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Advocates Say DHS Covered Up Sexual Abuse In Family Detention

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:17 AM

An advocacy group is suing to force the federal government to hand over key records from an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a family detention center in Texas.

RAICES, a nonprofit based in San Antonio, Texas, filed a complaint against the Department of...

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Detainess In Family Detention File $10M In Medical Neglect Claims

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 4:31 PM

Immigrant women and children locked in family detention centers are seeking $10 million in damages from the Department of Homeland Security over allegations of medical neglect and other forms of mistreatment. 

The five administrative claims filed Monday, which could lead to federal lawsuits, mark...

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Lawyers Say They Will Continue Fighting ‘Indefensible’ Family Detention

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:43 PM

Lawyers representing women and children locked in family detention centers offered a sharp rebuke Friday to the Obama administration’s argument that it should be allowed to continue the practice.

The Obama administration defended family detention late Thursday night in a 60-page court filing responding to U.S....

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The Dominican Foreign Minister Went To NJ To Stop A Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Andrés Navarro, the foreign minister of the Dominican Republic, met with local politicians in New Jersey on Thursday to try to dissuade them from passing a nonbinding resolution in the state Senate. The resolution would criticize the Dominican Republic for stripping the citizenship of thousands of people who...

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We’re Doing Better At Detaining Families Now, Officials Say

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 7:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Newly implemented policies already keep the Obama administration’s family detention system from violating the law, the Department of Justice argued in a court filing submitted late Thursday night.

The Obama administration is fighting to continue detaining Central American women and children, even after a federal...

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Jeb Bush Immigration Proposal Falls Flat With Many Latino Groups

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Many Latino groups and immigrant rights activists found little to like in a six-point immigration proposal released...

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Donald Trump Is Doing The GOP No Favors Among Latinos, Says Poll

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Donald Trump’s outlandish comments about Mexican immigrants are undermining Latinos’ view of the Republican Party, according to a poll by NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and Telemundo released Monday.

The real estate mogul and Republican presidential hopeful may be polling well in a more general...

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Lawyers Claim Medical Neglect At ICE Family Detention Centers

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:09 PM

Women locked up with their children at family detention centers in Texas have been repeatedly subjected to medical neglect, alleges a complaint lodged Thursday with the Department of Homeland Security.

The letter, sent by the CARA pro bono project, which represents women and children in family detention,...

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Black Activists Pressure Obama To Defend Stateless Dominicans

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 6:29 PM


NEW YORK -- Black activists and immigrant groups across the country are pressing the Obama administration to take a stronger stand on what they call a human rights crisis for Haitian migrants and stateless people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic.


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