Immigration

Get the latest news on immigration, including immigration law, immigration reform, illegal immigration, and more.

Aug 4, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice has challenged Alabama's recently passed immigration law in federal court.

Alabama's immigration policy, scheduled to take effect September 1, is similar to a law passed by Arizona last year. Both states authorized police to detain people unable to furnish documentation of their legal citizenship status upon request. In announcing the DOJ challenge to Alabama's law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said this provision could result in the "harrassment" of legal aliens and American citizens.

Jul 29, 2011

The new immigration law in Alabama is earning criticism from members of the education community who fear it could drive some prospective students out of the classroom.

A new provision to the state's laws governing immigration will require schools to verify where the students were born and to relay that information to lawmakers.

According to WHNT-TV, the provision was made in part to determine just how much the taxpayers in Alabama are spending on illegal immigrants to get an education each year.

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Jul 25, 2011

With the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election looming, President Barack Obama has brought immigration to the forefront as he urged Hispanic activists to help him in overhauling immigration laws.

The president recently spoke at the National Council of La Raza, a leading Hispanic civil rights organization. Obama urged Hispanics to create pressure for immigration law reform from the outside in hopes of pressuring change from inside Washington, according to the Washington Post.

Obama has addressed immigration law reform in the past.

Jul 12, 2011

Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center, recently filed a suit alleging an immigration law passed in June by the state of Alabama is unconstitutional.

Alabama's law empowers law enforcment officers to question any person who they suspect might be an illegal immigrant and detain anyone who cannot prove his or her citizenship.

Jun 29, 2011

Immigration reform has been a topic that many American politicians have addressed due to the approaching elections and a call by some of their constituents for the deportation of illegal aliens due to the dire financial situation that the U.S. faces.

State legislatures have begun to address the issue, and several key immigration laws may be passed by these local governments.