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Fleeing Violence, Illegal Youths Flock to US

But green cards aren't that easy to come by

(Newser) - Unaccompanied minors are surging into the US from Mexico, many seeking a haven from gang violence or hoping the government will take pity on them, the Miami Herald reports. But they endure terrible hardships on the way—like hunger, illness, robbery, and sexual assault, reports the LA Times —and... More »

Obama to Look Into 'More Humane' Deportation

Jeh Johnson to head review after pressure from immigration rights groups

(Newser) - Just how deportation is handled by the US government will get a fresh look: President Obama yesterday ordered a review of deportations to see if they can be carried out "more humanely within the confines of the law," Politico reports. Though no specifics were given, the review, to... More »

Boehner: We Can't Trust Obama on Immigration

Speaker's comments appear to kill reform hopes

(Newser) - House Republicans won't take up immigration reform after all, because there's "widespread doubt" about whether President Obama can be trusted to enforce anything they pass, John Boehner said today. "The president seems to change the health-care law on a whim," Boehner said, according to the... More »

If Bieber Were Poor, We'd Deport Him

Sadhbh Walshe on the unfairness of the immigration system

(Newser) - So far more than 100,000 people have petitioned President Obama to deport Canadian problem child Justin Bieber. But even though it makes her "die a little" to write about him, Sadhbh Walshe at the Guardian thinks the petition has it wrong—what they should be asking for is... More »

6 State of the Union Takeaways

Obama combative, but makes some peace offerings

(Newser) - Another State of the Union address is in the books, and you know what that means: Time for pundits to assemble random observations and analysis into "takeaway" lists! Here are some of our favorite reactions this morning:
  • The Boehner Card: How do you get Republicans to applaud? Flatter them.
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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 »

In First for Obama, Deportations Drop

ICE says focus on criminals has brought numbers down

(Newser) - Immigration officials sent 368,644 people packing in the last fiscal year, a 10% drop from the record 409,849 deported in 2012, the government announced last week. It's the lowest figure ever recorded under President Obama, who has seen deportations rise every year he's been in office,... More »

US Denies Woman Entry Over Her Depression

Toronto vacationer was turned back at Pearson airport

(Newser) - So much for that $6,000 vacation: A Canadian woman was denied entry into the US this week due to her history of mental illness, the CBC reports. Ellen Richardson had planned to fly to New York and from there go on a 10-day cruise, but US customs officials at... More »

US to Hand Out Biggest Immigration Fine Ever

Infosys used visitor visas instead of work visas

(Newser) - The federal government is expected to slap a record $35 million immigration fine on Infosys tomorrow, after Homeland Security and State Department investigators found that the Indian outsourcing company had been sneaking workers into the country on cheap visitor visas (B-1), instead of more expensive and harder to get temporary... More »

Another Big GOP Fight Looms: Immigration

Lobbying blitz next week could raise new tensions

(Newser) - Republicans in Congress might still be smarting over the fallout from the shutdown, but the New York Times reports that another potential "schism" for the party is right around the corner—immigration reform. Conservatives vow to block any legislation from passing the House, while John Boehner and others support... More »

Migrants Now Chasing the ... Mexican Dream?

As US and Europe struggle, many now see Mexico as the land of opportunity

(Newser) - Forget Mexicans chasing the "American dream." An increasing number of Americans—and other migrants from all over the world—are seeking their fortunes south of the border, the New York Times reports. The country's documented immigrant population almost doubled between 2000 and 2010. As many Mexicans have... More »

How Spoons in Underwear Fight Forced Marriage

They serve as airport warning

(Newser) - A charity in Britain has devised a clever last line of defense against forced marriage, and it involves an unusual trick: packing a spoon in your underwear. The Karma Nirvana charity suggests the move to victims being taken out of the UK via plane: The spoon will set off the... More »

Snowden's Airport Stay Not Over Just Yet: Lawyer

Denies claims that document allowing Snowden to leave has been produced

(Newser) - Edward Snowden's status is pretty murky at the moment: Though Russian media this morning reported that he had been given the tentative go-ahead to end his month-long stay at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer has since denied the report. The Russian reports cited an anonymous law enforcement source... More »

House GOP Digs In on Resistance to Immigration

Republicans feel out Dems on bite-sized bills

(Newser) - House Republicans had their first full meeting on immigration reform yesterday, and the results were about as discouraging as expected for reform advocates. John Boehner warned his troops that the party would be politically vulnerable if it didn't devise some response to the Senate's bill, but it's... More »

Now Bush to Talk Up Immigration Reform

He'll discuss the benefits Wednesday

(Newser) - Immigration reform will get another high-profile backer Wednesday: George W. Bush is expected to talk about how good it will be for America, the Dallas Morning News reports. The former president is giving the opening remarks at a citizenship ceremony at his presidential center in Dallas, followed by a panel... More »

Big Winner in Immigration Plan: Defense Firms

Calls for specific equipment could bring companies tens of millions

(Newser) - The defense industry must be loving the Senate's highly particular new Mexican border security plan. Under the legislation, the Border Patrol needs to purchase six Northrop Grumman airborne radar systems—each at $9.3 million; 15 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters, which go for about $17 million; eight American Eurocopter... More »

Senate Passes Historic Immigration Bill

Bill succeeds 68 to 32

(Newser) - The Senate passed a historic immigration bill today by a vote of 68 to 32, with every Democrat and 14 Republicans voting in favor, the Washington Post reports. Joe Biden presided over the vote to note its significance, and Marco Rubio gave a stirring final argument in favor for the... More »

John Oliver Takes on WWE's Immigration Heel

With a little assist from Mick Foley

(Newser) - Immigration is a big issue for John Oliver—given that he is himself an immigrant—so when he heard that villainous WWE manager Zeb Colter had complained of "foreigners sneaking across our borders like rats in the streets," he got a little offended. But when he saw a... More »

Schumer: We'll Pass Immigration Bill by July 4

House GOP: Not so fast

(Newser) - Chuck Schumer says the Senate will pass the Gang of Eight's immigration bill by July Fourth, and thinks he'll have as many as 70 senators in the aye column. The measure is heading to the full Senate on June 10. But even if it passes there, it faces... More »

Green Card Lottery Faces Axe

Diversity program expected to be cut in overhaul

(Newser) - The green card lottery program that attracted nearly 8 million applicants for 55,000 visas last year is expected to be cut amid the immigration overhaul, the Washington Post finds. The program, aimed at diversifying the pool of immigrants to the US, has been wildly popular since it began in... More »

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