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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 »

Court Allows Undocumented Immigrant to Join Bar

Legal battle took longer than law school

(Newser) - You don't have to be an American citizen to be a lawyer in America, the California Supreme Court ruled today, in a case that NBC News believes could set a national precedent. The court ruled that Sergio Garcia (no, not that Sergio Garcia) must be admitted to the State... 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 »

Illegal Immigrants Can Now Drive in California

It becomes 11th state to grant licenses

(Newser) - California has joined the ranks of states that allow illegal immigrants to legally drive. "When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," said Gov. Jerry Brown at... More »

53% of US Wants Illegal Immigrants Deported

Senators mull 'biometric' ID requirement for fed workers

(Newser) - Some 53% of American citizens broadly support deportation for illegal immigrants, a Reuters/Ipsos poll finds, with 30% saying most should be deported and 23% saying all should be sent away. Meanwhile, 31% of citizens say the US should let most illegal immigrants stay, and just 5% say all illegal immigrants... More »

Feds Nab Illegal Immigrant Working for Senator

Menendez intern also a sex offender: AP

(Newser) - Federal authorities have quietly arrested an 18-year-old unpaid intern working for Robert Menendez, alleging that he is both an illegal immigrant and a registered sex offender, the AP reports. If that weren't scandalous enough, one official says that Homeland Security told agents to hold off on the arrest until... More »

Throngs of Immigrants Prepare to Apply for Legal Status

Applications will be accepted starting tomorrow

(Newser) - President Obama's deportation-deferral program begins accepting applications tomorrow , and scores of young illegal immigrants across the nation are preparing to take advantage of it. In California, home to the vast majority of those who are eligible, crowds lined up around the block to get advice from the Coalition for... 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 »

Obama Offers Immunity to 800K Young Immigrants

Enacts major DREAM act goals without Congress

(Newser) - President Obama has struggled to get his immigration goals through Congress; now his administration is instituting major reforms on its own. In a plan to be announced today, the White House won't deport illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the US before they were 16, so long... More »

The Big World Events You Missed in 2011

Foreign Policy lists 10 quiet but essential world events

(Newser) - What events and trends flew under the radar in 2011 but could erupt into massive headline-grabbers in 2012? Foreign Policy rounds up the top 10 "stories you missed" this year.
  1. India grows its military: India is now the globe's leading weapons importer, accounting for nearly 1 in 10
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Man Pretends To Be Illegal Immigrant to Skirt Jail

He was deported to Mexico instead

(Newser) - It’s not every day an American citizen gets charged with pretending to be an illegal immigrant, but that’s what happened to one Utah 27-year-old this week. The man was originally arrested for dealing drugs in February 2010, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He told the judge he was... More »

Ala.: OK, Kids Don't Need to Show Birth Certificate

State education dept. relaxes rule after thousands don't show

(Newser) - Alabama issued a statement yesterday imploring parents to send their children to school even if they don’t have a birth certificate, after thousands of Hispanic students failed to show up for classes this week. Alabama’s strict new immigration law requires all enrolling students to present a birth certificate,... More »

Obama's Uncle Arrives at Court, Giggling

Onyango Obama apparently tickled by media attention

(Newser) - President Obama’s half-uncle was in court today on drunk-driving charges —and he seemed to find the media's attention rather funny, notes the Boston Herald , which describes him as giggling and "stifling laughter" a number of times. Accompanied by attorneys and an unidentified man, Onyango Obama made... 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 »

New Mexico Man Who Saved Girl Is Illegal Immigrant

Antonia Diaz Chacon becomes new face in debate

(Newser) - A new twist to the story of a New Mexico man hailed as a hero for saving a 6-year-old girl from a kidnapper: Antonio Diaz Chacon is an illegal immigrant. The 23-year-old has been married to an American and living in the US for four years, but he gave up... More »

Calif. Passes Dream Act for Undocumented Students

Illegals to qualify for privately-funded college scholarships

(Newser) - Illegal immigrants will be eligible for privately-funded college scholarships in California under a bill signed into law yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill, known as the California Dream Act, is aimed at undocumented students who have received a high school diploma after attending at least three years of high... More »

Illegal Immigrant Journo's Driver's License Canceled

Effect of Jose Antonio Vargas' revelation

(Newser) - Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who "came out" as an illegal immigrant in the New York Times magazine last month, is experiencing some fallout from his confession: Washington state has canceled his driver's license. Vargas initially found a way to procure an Oregon license, but when... More »

Illegal Immigrant Youth 'Come Out' for Reform

Young adults in Georgia risk deportation in immigration protest

(Newser) - Eighteen-year-old Dulce Guerrero kept quiet about being an illegal immigrant until earlier this year, when she became upset after a traffic stop that landed her mother in jail for two nights. The arrest came as Georgia lawmakers were crafting what would become one of the nation's toughest immigration crackdowns,... More »

Jose Vargas Duped Me— But Does That Matter?

Former boss weighs in on illegal immigrant's confession

(Newser) - The editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle was "duped" by his former employee Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who recently admitted to being an illegal immigrant . "Jose lied to me and everyone else he worked for, and that's not kosher, especially in a profession where facts and,... More »

Why the Post Didn't Run Vargas' Story

Admitted illegal immigrant worked for paper for years

(Newser) - Jose Antonio Vargas' "coming out" as an illegal immigrant generated quite a bit of buzz—so why wasn't his story published in the Washington Post, where he worked for years? Vargas originally brought his 4,000-word account to the Post, and until last week, that's where it... More »

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