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Valedictorian's Tweet Causes an Uproar

Texas student encounters anger online over her 'undocumented' boast

(Newser) - A high school senior in Austin, Texas, had good reason to do a little playful boasting: "Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs," tweeted Mayte Lara Ibarra on Friday, the day she graduated from Crockett High School. But it was one final... More »

Penn. Cops: Star Student Turns Out to Be Impostor

'Teen' is really a 23-year-old Ukrainian national, they allege

(Newser) - Asher Potts, 18, was a star student at Pennsylvania's Harrisburg High School: Among other things, he was a student rep with the school board, a candidate for local media's Best & Brightest program, a member of the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program, and runner-up for homecoming king,... More »

US Begins 'Wave of Removals' of Migrants

121 arrested in Georgia, Texas, NC over the weekend

(Newser) - A "wave of removals of parents and children" will go forward as planned , reports the New York Times : US authorities made 121 arrests over the weekend—mainly in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina—of migrants who arrived in the US in 2014 but failed to win the favor of... More »

Clinton Pledges to Stop Saying 'Illegal Immigrants'

She makes vow, slams Trump in Telemundo chat

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton says the term "illegal immigrants" is no longer part of her vocabulary. In a Facebook chat hosted by Telemundo on Tuesday, she told #WordsMatter activist Jose Antonio Vargas that she will agree to his request to stop using the phrase to describe undocumented immigrants, the AP reports.... More »

Here's What Migrant Children Are Fleeing

John Washington tells their harrowing stories

(Newser) - Central American child migrants at our borders travel through a "hellish gauntlet of kidnapping, extortion, murder, and rape" in Mexico, and then arrive in the US only to face " anti-children protests ," arrests, and brutal immigration policies, John Washington writes at Salon . What could prompt them to face... More »

Best-Known Undocumented Immigrant Released

Journalist, filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas temporarily held at Texas airport

(Newser) - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, whose documentary on undocumented immigrants aired last month on CNN , was released by US Border Patrol agents after being detained earlier today at a Texas airport, the AP reports. Though it's not clear if this was the case with Vargas, the AP notes... More »

Migrant Kids Now Draw Protest in Ariz.

We don't know if they're 'choirboys or gang members': organizer

(Newser) - In the wake of a protest in Murrieta, Calif., demonstrators are preparing a similar greeting for child migrants headed to a town in Arizona. Some 40 to 60 undocumented kids are due to arrive today in Oracle, Ariz., where a private facility in the town of 3,700 will be... More »

Planeload of Women, Kids Sent Back to Honduras

Texas lawmakers move to make deportations easier

(Newser) - Aid workers, camera crews, politicians, and even the nation's first lady were on hand as a planeload of mothers and children being sent back from the US arrived in Honduras yesterday. The planeload of around 40 people from a New Mexico detention center is just the "initial wave"... More »

Texas Town Bans Undocumented Children

League City doesn't want to house them, should the government ask

(Newser) - As the issue of undocumented children streaming into the US heats up , one Texas town has taken action. League City's city council last night passed a resolution, 6-2, that would see the city bar any federal request to operate a detention or processing center there, though the Houston Chronicle ... More »

Attempt to Transfer Migrants Out of Texas Ends Poorly

3 buses bound for Murrieta, Calif., are turned back by protesters

(Newser) - The chants heard yesterday included "USA!" but it wasn't a World Cup scene. Southern California protesters were also shouting "Deport, Deport!" and "Go home" at three buses carrying undocumented immigrants—a large number of them women and children from Central America—who had recently... More »

Teens in Florida Illegally Set to Pay In-State Tuition

Gov. Rick Scott expected to sign bill when it clears House

(Newser) - Florida is on track to become the 20th US state to offer students who are in the country illegally the same in-state college tuition rates as citizens. The state Senate yesterday voted 26-13 in favor of a bill that would save undocumented youth the burden of paying out-of-state fees—typically... More »

Undocumented Worker: We're Not Taking Your Jobs

Migrant worker tells her story to 'Modern Farmer'

(Newser) - Odilia Chavez, a 40-year-old undocumented migrant farm worker based in California, is the first person to tell her story in a new Modern Farmer "Farm Confessional" feature, and she has a message for anyone who thinks people like her are stealing American jobs: "We’re not taking their... More »

Feds: Seized 7-Elevens Ran 'Modern Plantation System'

Employed, exploited unauthorized immigrants, say officials

(Newser) - Homeland Security and the DOJ raided 14 7-Eleven stores in Virginia and New York today, charging nine owners and managers with employing unauthorized immigrants and identify theft. According to officials, the stores hired more than 50 unauthorized immigrants, supplied them with stolen identities—some taken from children and dead people—... More »

Rio Grande Is New Hot Spot for Border Crossings

Tops Tucson crossings for first time in two decades

(Newser) - Unauthorized border crossings from Mexico to Tucson are so 2012. In 2013, it's all about Texas' Rio Grande Valley, which has topped Tucson's apprehension figures for the first time in 20 years, the New York Times reports. Since October 2012, 94,305 people have been apprehended crossing in... More »

Why Elites Love Illegal Immigration: Cheap Labor

Victor Davis Hanson on the hypocrisy of the corporate echelon

(Newser) - When it comes to immigration reform, the real divide lies not between Republicans and Democrats, but between elites and non-elites, writes Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review . "For the corporate echelon, creating a guest-worker program and granting amnesty—without worrying about securing the border first—ensures continued access... More »

Now GOP Wants an Individual Mandate

... but only for undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - House Republicans drafting new immigration reforms are in talks over a rule that would require undocumented immigrants to buy their own health insurance before they can gain citizenship, reports Politico . It seems a surprising about-face from a party that has been so vehemently opposed to an individual mandate for citizens—... More »

To Kill Immigration, Just Keep Making America Suck

We're not exactly the 'land of opportunity' these days: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - President Obama's plan to offer immunity to many young illegal immigrants "presents a quandary for the conservative movement," writes Alex Pareene on Salon : While most conservatives are opposed to immigration (yes, some of them are even opposed to the legal kind), they also recognize that they need... More »

New Illegal Immigration Problem Looms for Romney

His 2006 health-care law provides medical care to undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - In last week's angry debate, Rick Perry resurrected allegations that Mitt Romney hired a lawn service that used undocumented immigrants—and that may not be the final illegal immigrant discussion Romney gets pulled into. The Los Angeles Times reports that his 2006 health care law's Health Safety Net... More »

Alabama Now Has US' Harshest Immigration Law

Portions of it go into effect today after judge's ruling

(Newser) - Starting today, Alabama police will enforce what many are calling the US’ toughest immigration law. A federal judge upheld key aspects of the law yesterday, including allowing authorities to question and detain suspected illegal immigrants and requiring officials to check public school students’ immigration status. The governor says those portions... More »

Journalist Comes Clean: I'm an Illegal Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas is tired of hiding after 19 years of deception

(Newser) - The name Jose Antonio Vargas may not be familiar, but there's a decent chance you've read his work as a journalist if you're a fan of the Washington Post (where he shared a Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings), the Huffington Post, or the New ... More »

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