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The Legal Workforce Act – The latest debate over E-Verify

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On Tuesday, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), proposed the Legal Workforce Act (HR 2164).  The bill would make it mandatory for nearly all businesses in the United States to verify the status of new workers through a government electronic database known as E-Verify.  If it becomes law, employers with […]

NSEERS Registration is Terminated

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In late April, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was ending the NSEERS ( National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) which was a special registration process for male foreign nationals from certain countries who are over age 16 and who entered the US as non-immigrants prior to September 10, 2001.  This program was implemented […]

TX State Rep: I Was an Undocumented Immigrant

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“[A]fter it was all said and done and HB 12 was passed, Houston Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna gave one of the most poignant personal privilege speeches in the history of the Texas House. Hernandez Luna told the chamber that she had grown up undocumented in Texas. The amnesty granted by President Ronald Reagan in the […]

UAFA (Uniting American Families Act) Reintroduced for Same-Sex Couples

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From Out4Immigration: Legislation and Letter from Congress Increases Demand for Protection of Same-Sex Binational Couples, Families from Discriminatory Immigration Law The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) was reintroduced in the House and Senate this week by long-time equal rights advocates Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The legislation is backed by 98 […]

Motions to Reopen Removal Cases OK Outside the U.S.

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Court Protects Immigrants’ Right To Reopen Cases From Outside the U.S. Washington D.C. – A federal appellate court recently reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision (Reyes-Torres v. Holder) that would have prevented noncitizens from presenting new evidence in their removal cases – evidence that potentially could change the outcome – because they are […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, 2011

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On March 8, people celebrate all over the world the 100th International Women’s Day this year.  On this day, we not only commemorate the fruits the century-long struggle bore, as the United Nation’s IWD webpage puts it, for “equality, justice, peace, and development,” but also remember the work that still lies ahead.  In the turn […]

May Day…an Immigration Issue?

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May Day (May 1) is not a holiday usually celebrated in the United States, yet it has significance for Americans because of the reform efforts in the United States to demand equality in the work force.

Children of Immigrants Suffer, Too – Part 5

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HEALTH CARE REFORM (HR 3590) AND ITS EFFECT ON IMMIGRANTS Under the new health care reform, undocumented immigrants will get no federal coverage, nor will they be able to purchase private health care insurance even at full cost.  They are not eligible for premium tax credits or cost sharing reductions, nor are they eligible for […]

Arizona Anti-Immigration Legislation Creates Fear in Latino Residents

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvSpeDTTCVw] Frighteningly antiquated laws have been proposed in Arizona state legislature that are as oppressive as they are unconstitutional.  S.B. 1070 includes clauses that would require officials to check the status of a person they deemed “reasonably suspicious” without any regulation or monitoring.  Such a clause not only encourages racial profiling, but it also forces […]