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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 »

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 »

Real Cause of the Border Crisis: Following the Law

A 2008 bill paved the way for this issue

(Newser) - Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have alleged that President Obama's "lawlessness"—in the form of his jury-rigged de facto Dream Act implementation—is to blame for the children currently swarming across the border. But the truth is "that this crisis has actually been brought... More »

Inside Texas' 'Death Valley' for Migrants

Brooks County has recovered 37 bodies this year

(Newser) - Border officials in Texas' Brooks County pray for rain to keep the heat down—and, as the chief deputy says, "to keep the body count down." "I really do pray for rain every day," he tells NBC News . Known by ranchers as "Death Valley,"... More »

Pastors: Feds Blocking Us From Immigration Camps

Meanwhile, Obama deflects criticism that he didn't visit the border

(Newser) - As the immigration crisis rages, pastors and faith groups are complaining that they're not being allowed to visit the children being held at border detention facilities. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there—even credentialed pastors," one pastor tells Todd Starnes at... More »

Obama Seeks Nearly $4B to Deal With Child Immigrants

That's nearly double the initial estimate

(Newser) - The White House had been kicking around the idea of requesting $2 billion to deal with the unprecedented wave of underage immigrants arriving from Central America. Today, in a sign of just how fast the crisis is escalating, it made a formal request to Congress for nearly twice that amount,... More »

Child Immigrants Have Little Choice

Pablo Alvarado was one, and thinks the US is culpable in driving them here

(Newser) - Child immigrants are suddenly at the heart of the illegal immigration debate —which strikes a chord with Pablo Alvarado, the executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, because once he led his teenage little brother to the US for much the same reason: to escape violence... More »

Pakistan: No More Refugees, Please

Country cracks down on illegal Afghan immigrants, fearing flood after US withdrawal

(Newser) - If violence erupts when the US leaves Afghanistan, refugees are going to find the world a very unwelcoming place. Pakistan is cracking down on illegal immigrants from its turbulent neighbor, in anticipation of just such a surge, the Washington Post reports. Police squads in Karachi are actively hunting Afghan immigrants,... More »

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 »

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 »

Texas Students Cancel 'Catch an Immigrant' Game

Conservative group's plan caused ruckus at University of Austin

(Newser) - Student conservatives at the University of Austin at Texas today canceled their planned "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game," where students were to run around campus wearing "Illegal Immigrant" signs, the Austin American-Statesman reports. In the game, which was to be held tomorrow, members of the Young Conservatives... More »

Boehner: Senate's Immigration Bill Is Toast

House speaker rules out conference compromise

(Newser) - John Boehner threw a massive bucket of cold water on hopes for comprehensive immigration reform today, saying that the Senate bill was a complete non-starter for the House. "We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill," Boehner said, NBC News reports. Reform advocates... 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 »

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 »

Italy Detains Alleged Shipwreck Captain

He'll face charges for deadly migrant boating disaster

(Newser) - Italian police have detained the man they believe was piloting the ship full of immigrants that capsized last week , and are considering charging him with manslaughter or even murder for the many killed in the incident. Khaled Bensalam, 35, has been arrested and expelled from Italy in the past for... 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 »

Judge Wants Monitor to Keep Sheriff Joe In Line

Officers will have to say why they stopped a car before approaching it

(Newser) - "America's toughest sheriff" is about to have someone to answer to. A federal judge yesterday ordered that an independent monitor be established to make sure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio wasn't using racial profiling as a basis for traffic stops, Reuters reports. In addition, when Arpaio's deputies... More »

Texas County Overwhelmed by Dead Illegal Immigrants

Sparsely-populated Brooks County saw 129 bodies last year

(Newser) - Last year, a border county in Texas recovered 129 bodies belonging to immigrants who were attempting to make the trek from Mexico only to be felled by the elements; the toll stands at 76 so far this year. That's a staggering number for Brooks County, which has historically seen... More »

Brothel Made Women Service 40 Clients a Day: Cops

6 charged in human trafficking bust

(Newser) - Police yesterday announced the arrest of a man accused of running a "high-volume" brothel, where immigrant prostitutes were forced to service as many as 40 johns a day. Jose Cruz "Chato" Romero-Flores, his girlfriend, and four male associates were arrested in a massive human trafficking sweep known as... More »

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