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Dems back away from brink on Dreamers
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Dems back away from brink on Dreamers

Originally published by Politico Democratic leaders aren’t going to shut down the government to save Dreamers in December. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi haven’t stopped fighting to deliver something on immigration by the end of the month. But they’ve subtly shifted their rhetoric in recent days and aren’t insisting … Continue reading

Military spending bill provision reduces deportation risk for immigrant recruits
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Military spending bill provision reduces deportation risk for immigrant recruits

The defense authorization bill signed Tuesday by President Trump includes a measure to shield immigrant recruits from enlistment contract cancellations — and the specter of deportation — as they wait for drawn-out background checks to be completed, a positive development in the year-long effort by advocates and lawmakers to keep skilled noncitizens as a reliable recruiting pool. Continue reading

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Immigrants in Court

These actions discourage immigrants from coming to court as witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants and undermine the country’s promise of justice for all. That’s why the American Bar Association House of Delegates adopted aresolution in August calling on Congress to add courthouses to the list of “sensitive locations” in which immigration enforcement actions can be taken only in emergency circumstances. Continue reading

Trump’s deportation tough talk hurts law-abiding immigrants
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Trump’s deportation tough talk hurts law-abiding immigrants

Of roughly 143,000 unauthorized immigrants living in the United States who were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 — a 30 percent increase over the previous year — more than a quarter had no criminal convictions. As for those who had been convicted, most were guilty of non-violent charges including drug, traffic and immigration offenses such as re-entering the country after deportation. Continue reading

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Veteran Latino lawmaker criticized for work with immigrant detention center

Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, a Democrat who has represented a Hispanic­-heavy South Arlington district since 2012, was paid more than $5,000 a year in 2014 and more than $10,000 a year in 2015 and 2016 by Immigration Centers of America (ICA), which operates a detention center in Farmville, Va. , according to his state financial disclosure reports. Continue reading