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Obama Plan to Protect Immigrants May Be Doomed

Unless John Roberts is a wild card?

(Newser) - A sweeping plan by President Obama to protect immigrants from deportation might be in trouble. Arguments in the Supreme Court on Monday suggested justices were headed for a 4-4 split, reports the Los Angeles Times . If that proves true when the decision is announced in June, it's bad news... More »

Shakespeare Begs for Refugees' Mercy in Own Hand

Handwritten script by the Bard about to go online, thanks to British Library

(Newser) - A script reworked by none other than William Shakespeare and believed to be the only surviving handwritten play script penned by the Bard will soon be online via the British Library, and it speaks to a quite contemporary crisis, the Guardian reports. A scene by Shakespeare added to The Book ... More »

Clinton, Sanders Race to the Left on Immigration

'I would not deport children'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spent Wednesday's Democratic debate in Florida trying "to get to the left of each other on immigration," as Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight puts it. Both candidates said they wouldn't deport children or people who aren't criminals. "I want to... More »

Student Impostor Now Faces Sex Charges

Plus, more on how Artur Samarin fooled officials

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of posing as a Pennsylvania high school student had sexual relationships with female students, including a 15-year-old in 2014, police say. Artur Samarin, who went by Asher Potts, now faces additional charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Meanwhile, new details are emerging... More »

SCOTUS: We'll Review Key Obama Immigration Case

Critical issue during an election year

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to an election-year review of President Barack Obama's executive orders to allow up to 5 million immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and work legally in the United States. Justices said Tuesday they will consider undoing lower court rulings that blocked the... 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 »

More Mexicans Now Exiting the US, Not Entering

Pew report has some interesting numbers

(Newser) - This may come as a surprise to anyone calling for a border fence: There are actually more Mexicans exiting the US than arriving here, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Between 2009 and 2014, an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals came to the US from Mexico—but a... More »

White House Will Appeal Immigration Case to Supreme Court

After an appeals court keeps Obama plan from moving forward

(Newser) - Last November, President Obama laid out his immigration plan , which included protection against deportation for millions of undocumented people. Since then, Texas has been leading a slew of states trying to block the executive action, which was dealt another blow Monday when a federal appeals court sided with a lower... More »

US' Biggest Immigrant Group Won't Be Hispanics for Long

US population will jump to 441M by 2065: Pew

(Newser) - The face of America changed drastically in the last 50 years, and will look quite different in another half-century. Before the Immigration and Nationality Act passed in 1965, white Americans made up 84% of the population, followed by African Americans at 11%, Hispanics at 4%, and Asians at less than... More »

Immigration Group Picked Girl to Rush Pope a Year Ago

5-year-old Sophie Cruz's interaction with Francis wasn't so spontaneous after all

(Newser) - Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that's so endearing about this pope. But for 5-year-old Sophie from suburban Los Angeles, the moment unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of... More »

Report Demolishes Myths About US Immigrants

Crime, divorce rates lower in immigrant communities than native-born ones

(Newser) - Donald Trump may want to build a wall to keep immigrants out, but the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests he might be unnecessarily fearful. "The Integration of Immigrants Into American Society" report notes that not only is the current generation of immigrants assimilating just as well... More »

Kerry: US Will Take Way More Refugees Than We Planned

Secretary of State apparently bows to public pressure

(Newser) - Scrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the US will significantly increase the number of worldwide refugees it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged. The US... More »

Judge Gives 'Final' Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

Should cops be allowed to question people's immigration status?

(Newser) - Challengers of Arizona's landmark immigration law failed to show that police would enforce the statute differently for Latinos than it would for people of other ethnicities, a judge says in a ruling that dismissed the last of seven challenges to the law. The ruling could signal the end of... More »

Why Trump's Birthright Citizenship Plan Matters

It's starting one of the most substantive political debates yet

(Newser) - One of the most talked about election topics at the moment is Donald Trump's proposal to end birthright citizenship for immigrants—the notion that anyone born in the US automatically becomes a citizen. "I don't think they have American citizenship," he told Bill O'Reilly on... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

Incensed Indian Mob Lynches Rape Suspect

35-year-old dragged for 4 miles was thought to be illegal Bangladeshi national

(Newser) - In an out-of-control incident being described as a "Bastille-like storming," thousands of furious Indian protestors busted into a Dimapur jail, removed a suspected rapist, and lynched him yesterday, the Hindustan Times reports. The mob reportedly broke down two prison gates and stripped down Farid Khan—a 35-year-old used-car... More »

Feds Swoop on Chinese 'Birth Tourists'

Women paid up to $60K to have American babies

(Newser) - Federal agents have launched a major crackdown on what they say is a big industry that helps wealthy Chinese women have American babies. Agents raided 37 addresses in California yesterday in the crackdown on "birth tourism" rings that allegedly charge up to $60,000 to help the women come... More »

House GOP Relents, Funds Homeland Security

Measure drops fight against Obama's immigration policies

(Newser) - In a major victory for President Obama, the Republican-led House relented today and backed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration. The measure passed 257-167 and now goes to Obama's desk for his signature. House Speaker John Boehner... More »

Senate Hits Wall as Dems Block DHS Funding

Mitch McConnell edges toward new plan against immigration order

(Newser) - Funding for Homeland Security teetered closer to the proverbial cliff today as Senate Democrats again stalled a bill to fund the US agency—but a compromise may be in the works. Senators voted nearly down the middle, 47 for and 46 against, on a measure that needed 60 votes to... More »

Feds File for Stay on Texas Judge's Immigration Ruling

Andrew Hanen not seen as likely to put his ruling on hold

(Newser) - The US government asked a federal judge today to lift his temporary hold on President Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. The Justice Department's motion for a stay was filed with the court of US District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. Last week, Hanen... More »

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