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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 »

Man Being Deported Cuts Own Throat on Plane

Jamaican makes desperate attempt to stay in UK

(Newser) - In a desperate attempt to avoid being deported from Britain, a Jamaican man slashed his own throat on board a plane that was about to take off. The illegal immigrant, who had smuggled a small razor on board, was treated for what authorities describe as "superficial injuries" before being... More »

McCain: Illegals Behind Some Arizona Wildfires

He says there is 'substantial evidence' of this ... but doesn't share the evidence

(Newser) - John McCain knows exactly who to blame for a number of the fires that have blazed through his state: illegal immigrants. At a press conference yesterday, McCain explained that "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally.... More »

Ga. Governor to Farms: Hire Ex-Cons, Not Immigrants

One farmer says they're 'scared to death' of the idea

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has a suggestion for all the farmers panicking over a new law cracking down on illegal immigrant labor: Hire ex-convicts instead. A state-commissioned survey this week showed that farmers expected to be short about 11,000 laborers thanks to the law, which requires businesses with 10... More »

Alabama Enacts Harshest Illegal Immigration Law Yet

Arizona, eat your heart out

(Newser) - Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law has nothing on the sweeping law Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed yesterday. HB 56 prevents illegal immigrants from going to college, applying for jobs, or renting apartments, the LA Times reports. It requires anyone registering to vote to pass a citizenship check. And, like... More »

Illegals Can Get In-State Tuition: Supreme Court

Supreme Court rules that California policy can stay

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled today that California's policy of granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants can remain, thus leaving intact similar laws in 11 other states. Lawyers for a conservative immigration-law group challenged the policy, arguing that California was violating federal immigration law by giving "preferential treatment"... More »

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