For years now, local police departments have been playing an increasingly pivotal role in enforcing federal immigration laws.
[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]Last week President Obama, who had been threatening to issue a new executive order on immigration, suddenly backed off, saying he'd revisit the subject after the elections. This seems transparently political to us and everyone e ... More >>
New York City is running a below average approval rate for undocumented immigrants seeking relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a report from a Brookings Institution researcher.
U.S. denies financial aid to thousands of immigrants
Immigrant detainees are routinely deported from New York State before all legal remedies have been exhausted, according to a report released this week by the New York University School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic and immigrant rights advocacy organization Families for Freedom.
Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his j ... More >>
There's a bill working its way through Congress that would offer a "path to citizenship" to the sort of immigrants currently known in some circles as illegal. Though its application is general, it's obviously aimed at U.S. guests of the Mexican persuasion, and it only has a chance of passing because ... More >>
Today Mayor Bloomberg will sign off on two hefty pieces of immigration legislation that will maintain New York's reputation as one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the nation. The two laws, which passed 40-7 in City Council at the end of February, are a reaction to Secure Communities, the h ... More >>
As we've chronicled, there is a war going on between the labor union that represents Central Park horse-carriage drivers and animal rights activists who think keeping horses in midtown Manhattan is dangerous and inhumane.Now the activists are using illegal immigrants as PR ammo against the union.The ... More >>
The United States Supreme Court moments ago handed down a ruling on whether Arizona's controversial "breathing while brown" immigration law violates the Constitution.Details of the Court's decision are unclear at the moment -- it literally just happened a few minutes ago -- but according various med ... More >>
Last week President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, sort of enacted DREAM Lite himself, temporarily allowing young illegal immigrants who'd come here as kids off the deportation hook. Mainstream conservative reaction ranged from discomfiture -- because Republicans had be ... More >>
The constitutionality of Arizona's controversial immigration law currently is being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court -- and for some reason New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman decided to chime in in the form of a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the SCOTUS this morning.If you' ... More >>
Hooray for Obama! Just keep your promises! That seemed to be the message that tied together several electeds' obligatory response statements to the president's State of the Union on Tuesday. After his speech ended, Runnin' Scared's inbox was flooded with reactions from local pols. So we gathered a ... More >>
The New York State Youth Leadership Council announced yesterday that a state version of the DREAM Act was introduced in the New York Senate. Although the group is hailing this as a positive step, it's a big step backwards from what the DREAM Act set out to be. Originally introduced over ten ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the feds got off their duffs?
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
A new study from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows what many immigration activists have suspected for some time: Federal raids against undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration are reaching the highs of the Bush administration in one agency, ... More >>
Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S. Lose your love. Break the law.
On Tuesday of this week, Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill banning schools from teaching classes "that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals, or promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, ... More >>
No, it's not yet like the state v. state fight in 2001, when the Yankees played the Diamondbacks in the World Series. But now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed her state's draconian Senate Bill 1070 into law, a number of New York immigration activists and politicians are angry enough to cr ... More >>
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Photos by Mizue Aizeki. There was a protest in Manhattan today over the detention of Jean Montrevil, a Haitian who has had a green card since 1986 but, owing to a drug conviction for which he served time in the 1990s, has been subject to supervision and was detained by U.S. Immigration authoritie ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose aggressive racial profiling, attempted intimidation of the press, and flashy abusive treatment of the prisoners under his supervision have made him a hero on the nativist right, says the feds are not the boss of him. Arpaio, who has carried out 11 "sweeps" of suspec ... More >>
Target has taken down an "illegal alien" costume from their website after "several complaints," including one from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which called it "distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform." ... More >>
But dont get César wrong, gabachos
Much as he hates to admit it, Rudy loved (most of) those huddled masses
Another kind of 9/11 victim, Narinder Singh spent more than five years locked up for no crime at all
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Facing mounting public opposition, Gov. Eliot Spitzer has dropped his controversial plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. After meeting with New York's Congressional delegation in the Washington, the governor held a press conference to announce that he scrapped the plan. While ack ... More >>
The group that organized an anti-undocumented immigrant rally a few weeks ago at New York's Mexican Consulate are planning another protest for Friday evening. This time, however, they won't target the immigrants themselves, or a country (like Mexico) from which lots of them come. Instead, they're go ... More >>
The president angers his base and his new allies on immigration
Sixteen-year-old Sadia Ali, a native of Pakistan, was among the throngs of protesters from Queens who gathered at ground zero in lower Manhattan yesterday, on their way to the big rally at City Hall. Seeking an easily accessible station, organizers picked the World Trade Center subway stop as a r ... More >>
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