Immigration

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Jan 14, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry has urged the state legislature to prioritize the abolition of so-called "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"There are cities in this state that have made decisions that they're going to be havens for those that are in conflict with federal immigration laws or state laws, and we're going to prohibit that," said Perry.

According to the source, some Texas cities are seen as safer for illegal immigrants because police officers typically do not inquire about a person's citizenship dur

Jan 5, 2011

A new plan to block children born to illegal immigrants from getting birthright citizenship is set to be unveiled by a group of state legislators, reports ABC News.

According to the 14th Amendment, anyone born on U.S. soil is automatically given American citizenship, including children born to parents who arrived in the country illegally.

Opponents of birthright citizenship argue that these children could sponsor their parents for legal status in the United States.

Dec 22, 2010

A new ruling handed down by a federal judge says that top officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency may be held liable in a civil lawsuit alleging that the constitutional rights of illegal immigrants in New Haven, Connecticut, were violated in a 2007 raid, reports the New York Times.

The raids occurred two days after New Haven had passed a plan that would have given identification cards to all residents, including illegal immigrants.

Dec 13, 2010

The two immigration courts in the state of Georgia are suffering from a backlog so severe that judges are forced to schedule deportation hearings for 2013, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The state currently has six judges at two centers that operate through the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

Dec 2, 2010

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate have introduced a new version of a bill they hope to pass that would offer provisional legal status to some undocumented immigrants who meet certain conditions, according to Politico.

The legislation is the fifth version of the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and attend college or serve in the military for a minimum of two years.

This incarnation of the bill seeks to eliminate provisions that had been the focus of some objection from Republicans.