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Supreme Court: States Can Punish Firms Hiring Illegals

Justices uphold law allowing Arizona to yank licenses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona law that proscribes a so-called “business death penalty” for companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. In a 5-3 decision, the court said that states are free to take action against employers on immigration—which augurs well for supporters of Arizona’s more...

Iowa Plans Terror Drill With Immigrant-Hating Gunmen

Anti-illegal immigration groups say exercise builds prejudice

(Newser) - Anti-illegal immigration groups are furious over an anti-terrorism exercise planned in Iowa that will pit Pottawattamie County's finest against a pair of teenage white supremacists. The drill, which is scheduled for tomorrow, is built around a fictional scenario in which an 18-year-old, angered by the influx of minorities—both citizens...

Proposed Texas Bill: No Hiring Illegals, Unless...

One big exception is getting attention in Texas

(Newser) - Under House Bill 1202, one of a number of proposed Texas bills that addresses illegal immigration, anyone who "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly" hires an illegal immigrant would face up to two years in jail and a fine as high as $10,000 ... unless, of course, he or she is...

Ariz. Bills Would Bar Illegals From Driving, Marriage

Committee also peels back 'birthright' citizenship

(Newser) - An Arizona Senate committee passed a new immigration bill yesterday that would prevent illegal immigrants from driving or buying a car, getting married, or sending their children to school. They also passed a bill ending “birthright citizenship,” in defiance of the 14th Amendment. Under that bill, Arizona will...

Texas Hospital Under Fire for Booting Illegal Immigrant

Woman with life-threatening tumor told to seek treatment in Mexico

(Newser) - A Texas hospital has sparked a debate on medical ethics after allegedly ejecting a woman who had been admitted for surgery over the fact that she was an illegal immigrant. Maria Sanchez says she had been at the hospital for six days and was being prepared for surgery to remove...

DREAM Act Passes House, Faces Gritty Senate Test

Immigration bill's future grim if it fails in lame-duck session

(Newser) - The DREAM Act cleared the House last night, reports Politico, in a 216-198 vote that split mostly along partisan lines. Democrats immediately hailed the victory, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling it symbolic "of what it means to be American," and President Obama lauding it as a critical...

Meg Whitman: Deport My Housekeeper

How that her house is clean, 'the law is the law,' says Calif. candidate

(Newser) - Meg Whitman, in an effort to fire up the Republican base, has been taking a harder line on immigration—or, at least, on one illegal immigrant in particular. The California hopeful had previously declined to comment on whether her former maid, who was in the country illegally during her employment...

Illegal Maid: Whitman Treated Me Like Dirt

Nicky Diaz says candidate ignored warnings on her immigration status

(Newser) - Meg Whitman not only employed her despite knowing she was an illegal alien , the candidate used that knowledge to exploit her, Whitman's former housekeeper says. Nicky Diaz says her duties expanded to include looking after Whitman's children and running errands, and she was never paid for the many extra hours...

Meg Whitman Knowingly Employed Illegal as Maid: Lawyer

Candidate says Gloria Allred is lying

(Newser) - A housekeeper who used to work for Meg Whitman claimed that the candidate for governor knew she was an illegal alien but kept her employed. Nicky Diaz, who worked for Whitman from 2000 to 2009, made the accusations during a press conference today with lawyer Gloria Allred , the LA Times...

Colbert (Briefly) Breaks Character in Testimony

'I like to talk about people who don't have any power'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert mostly yucked it up during his congressional testimony today, but towards the end, Democrat Judy Chu actually got him to break his faux-pundit facade. After relating the story of a worker overcome by heat stroke, but unable to find medical help, she asked Colbert why he had chosen...

Move to Legalize Immigrant Kids Shot Down in Senate

DREAM Act dies with defense bill

(Newser) - A bill offering a path to legal residency for the children of illegal immigrants was blocked in the Senate yesterday. The DREAM Act—which was attached to the defense bill the GOP shot down —would have allowed people who came to the US when they were under 16, had...

Obama's Aunt: Make Me a Citizen

Illegal immigrant Zeituni Onyango says nephew pulled no strings

(Newser) - President Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango, an illegal immigrant living in public housing, is unapologetic about her situation and says her nephew hasn't been helping her fight to stay in the US. An immigration judge granted her asylum this year. "Obama did not know my whereabouts," the Kenyan native...

Illegal Immigrant Population Shrinking

Pew study finds dramatic drop

(Newser) - The number of illegal immigrants living in America shrunk last year for the first time in 20 years, according to a Pew Research Center report. The report estimates that the number of illegal immigrants fell by roughly a million to 11 million after peaking at 12 million in 2007, the...

Reid Once Tried to Roll Back Citizenship, Too

Dem wanted to change 14th amendment rules in 1993

(Newser) - When Republicans started pushing to repeal or change the 14th amendment so that the children of illegal immigrants would not be citizens, Harry Reid said they’d “either taken leave of their senses or their principles.” Which is pretty awkward, because in 1993, Reid introduced an immigration reform...

Mitch McConnell Wants to 'Review' 14th Amendment

That pesky part about birthright citizenship

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell thinks Congress “ought to take a look” at changing the 14th Amendment so that it does not grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. That puts McConnell right in line with a growing Republican push on the issue, alongside Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham, the Hill...

Oops: Arizona Can't Enforce New Law Without Fed Help

And isn't likely to get it

(Newser) - When the Arizona immigration law takes effect tomorrow, police will be able to check the immigration status of people stopped for routine infractions like speeding, detain them if they turn out to be illegal immigrants, then ... probably release them after a while. Turns out that since only the federal government...

Obama Deporting More Illegals Than Bush

And he's punishing more businesses that hire them

(Newser) - Enemies may paint Barack Obama as soft on immigration, but his administration is actually deporting illegal immigrants in record numbers, according to the Washington Post . Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimates that it will deport 400,000 people this fiscal year, 10% more than George W. Bush sent packing in 2008...

Illegal Immigrants Aren't Really Criminals

They're hard-working poor people who didn't enjoy legal protection at home, either

(Newser) - Illegal Immigration hawks like to paint immigrants as hardened criminals, conflating them with the drug traffickers hopping over the border to sell their wares to a hungry American populace. But in truth the vast majority of illegal immigrants are hardworking people who “come from societies in which legal rules...

Obama's Secret Weapon on Immigration: Evangelicals

Pro-reform Hispanic evangelicals a growing political force

(Newser) - President Obama's push for immigration reform has brought him some allies he's not likely to partner with on many other issues: evangelical Christian leaders, many of whom embrace a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. Growing evangelical support for immigration reform reflects the recent work of politically active Hispanic pastors,...

Names of Suspected Illegal Immigrants Leak in Utah

State government scrambles to find out who's to blame

(Newser) - An anonymous group has released a list of 1,300 Utah residents who, it alleges, are illegal immigrants. The list, which was sent to media outlets, law enforcement, and lawmakers, includes the names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and in some cases even Social Security numbers of those suspects, the...

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