immigration

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6:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

Detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., gather for a Sikh prayer service.
Liz Jones KUOW

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

When undocumented immigrants move through government-run detention centers in the U.S., it can take months before they find out if they'll be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

During this long wait, many become frustrated. And some turn to religion.

It's the job of the in-house chaplain to help connect detainees to religious services.

Keith Henderson, chaplain at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., says, "I love it. I love the job," partly, he says, because he likes challenges.

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Law
5:10 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

What Does California Ruling Mean For Migrants Held At Detention Centers?

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:46 am

A federal judge in California has ruled that immigration authorities improperly detained women and children who tried to enter the U.S. illegally. Immigrant rights activists are praising the ruling. Julia Preston, who covers immigration for The New York Times, explains the case.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Judge Says Detained Immigrant Women, Children Should Be Released

A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of women and children who were detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border should be released because their detention violates a 1997 court settlement that prohibits minors from being held in unlicensed, secure facilities.

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World News
4:41 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

So what do Mexicans south of the border make of Donald Trump?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to reporters as he arrives in Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015. 

Rick Wilking/Reuters

It was a bad hair day on the border Thursday.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, visited Laredo, Texas, to remind people how much he hates undocumented immigrants, and all the diseases and criminal intentions they bring with them.

But Trump also said he loves Latinos who are here legally. They make great workers, he said. He employs thousands.

So we kind of know how all this is going down here. Many Americans have been offended, and yet The Donald is the GOP front-runner in the polls.

But what do folks south of the border make of it all?

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Politics
6:19 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Donald Trump Visits The Border And Calls For Tougher Enforcement

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:10 pm

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Now let's talk about one of the people who wants to replace President Obama in the White House - Donald Trump, who went to the border with Mexico yesterday. The Republican candidate expressed outrage over illegal immigration.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Obama Actions Would Likely Protect Vast Majority Of Undocumented Immigrants

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Texas Fights Suit After Denying Birth Certificates To Children Of Illegal Immigrants

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, seen hear at his January swearing-in ceremony, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:38 pm

An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen.

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Law
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

House Bill Would Cut Off Federal Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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Law
6:21 am
Thu July 23, 2015

At Low Pay, Government Hires Immigrants Held At Detention Centers

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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

It's illegal to employ immigrants without documents. But through voluntary work programs in detention centers, the federal government employs thousands of undocumented immigrants. "The government, which forbids everyone else from hiring people without documents, has effectively become the biggest employer of undocumented immigrants in the country," says Carl Takei, an attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project.

The pay for an eight hour shift in a detention center is $1 a day, or roughly 13 cents an hour.

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Law
4:30 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Special Visa For Immigrant Victims Of Crime Proves Controversial

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:22 pm

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