Navarrette: Morton Memo worthless; Latinos should not be fooled

"In the past few months, I've heard from about a dozen immigration attorneys who have likewise tried to use the Morton memo to spring clients and likewise struck out. As illogical as it sounds, ICE field agents whose job it is to apprehend folks who break the rules for entering the United...

Penn Law Professor Finds "Crimmigration" Disproportionately Impacts Latinos

"The days of widely tolerated prejudice against Latino individuals in the United States have long passed. But in a recent paper, " Perpetuating the Marginalization of Latinos: A Collateral Consequence of the Incorporation of Immigration Law into the Criminal Justice System ," University...

Latinos Bear Brunt of 'Secure Communities' Arrests

"A deportation program that is central to the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy has led disproportionately to the removal of Latino immigrants and to arrests by immigration authorities of hundreds of United States citizens, according to a report by two law schools...

Report: Secure Communities Encourages Racial Profiling, Lack of Due Process

"In “ Secure Communities by the Numbers : An Analysis of Demographics and Due Process,” authors Aarti Kohli, Peter Markowitz and Lisa Chavez found that the program has expanded so fast that due process is being overlooked, legal access is non-existent for many, Latinos are being...

Report: Thousands Of U.S. Citizens Arrested By ICE

"One of the most disturbing findings in our research is that 1.6% of cases we analyzed were U.S. citizens and all were apprehended by ICE. If we extrapolate that number to the 226,694 cumulative administrative arrests and/or bookings into ICE custody from Secure Communities’ inception, then...

Alabama Immigration Law: Deli Owner Defends Documented Latinos, Receives Boycott Threats

"The assault on Dubrinsky and his restaurant shows just how risky it can be for a business owner to publicly stake out even a moderate position in Alabama's immigration debate. Dubrinsky's wife happens to be a U.S. citizen from Mexico, and he says he never imagined he could be attacked...

Conservative Latino Leader Quits GOP In Texas

"Lauro Garza, head of Somos Republicans, the largest organization of Latino conservatives in Texas, has quit the Republican Party because of what he described as the anti-Latino rhetoric of GOP leaders. ... The Republican Party leadership has been ceding to the influence of the Tea Party,...

Why the GOP Demonizes 'Illegals'

"In today’s GOP, the correct term for a human being who crosses the U.S. border without a visa in search of a brutally difficult, poorly paid job that few native-born Americans wish to do but on which our national economy depends is “illegal.” Not “ illegal immigrant...

Immigration crackdown fills prisons with Latinos, reinforces racism

"Hispanics are now the majority group being sent to federal prison, largely because of the criminal prosecution of repeat border jumpers. ... the line has been blurred between the broader Hispanic population and outright lawbreakers – the result being the growing persecution of all Hispanic...

Guilty plea in La. hate crime against Latinos

"Mark Gautreau, 50, pleaded guilty today in federal court in New Orleans for shooting two men on the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish, La., on Aug. 20, 2006, announced the Department of Justice. In the factual basis supporting his plea, Gautreau admitted that he was in the parking...

DOJ finds widespread discrimination against Latinos by East Haven Police Department

" DOJ released its findings regarding anti-Latino profiling and discrimination by the EHPD. As with the DOJ report last week on Maricopa County, DOJ makes detailed findings of unconstitutional activity, indicates it will proceed with litigation if a judicially-enforceable consent decree...

Republican Latinos Vote "No" on Romney

"After his narrow victory in Iowa and resounding win in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney may well be on his way to locking up the Republican nomination before the primary is even a month old. But the damage that the GOP fight has done to his chances of winning the general election may prove to...

GOP’s Latino problem gets worse

"Although other issues have contributed to the GOP’s struggles with Latino voters, the party’s strident opposition to immigration reform has poisoned the electoral well. From California’s Proposition 187 referendum in the 1990s to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of...

FBI arrests 4 Conn. police; racial profiling against Latinos charged

"The FBI arrested four police officers just before dawn Tuesday morning, alleging a conspiracy that one official called “a cancerous cadre” of “bullies with badges” to deprive some residents, particularly Latinos, of their constitutional rights. The four officers were...

Language on immigration alienating Latino voters, GOP told

"Senior Republicans including the brother of the former president George Bush have warned the party to avoid using "harsh, intolerable and inexcusable" language about illegal immigration or risk alienating Latino voters." - The Guardian, Jan. 28, 2012 .

Latino Voters vs. Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers

"immigrants may be a long way off from being able to hold elected officials accountable in an electoral strategy. While the nation is bearing witness to rapid demographic changes that are fundamentally changing the face of the country, there is still a large gap between the numbers of Latinos...

Latinos in North Carolina: A Growing Part of the State's Economic and Social Landscape

"In this Perspectives , the author finds that North Carolina has became an important barometer of contemporary immigration debates for the nation and especially for the Southeast, which has become a new frontier for Latin American migration to the United States." - Hannah Gill, Mar...

Latino Immigration Stories Shape U.S. Imagination in Gatekeeper Era

"Marta Caminero-Santangelo, who chairs KU’s English department, is writing the first full-length study addressing how a literary mix of novels, journalistic accounts, personal narratives and oral histories by Latino writers represents undocumented immigration in the Gatekeeper era...

DOJ Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Targeting Latinos

"The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit in federal court today against Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, arising from unconstitutional and unlawful actions by the defendants. ... The complaint alleges that Maricopa County...

Justice Department: North Carolina Sheriff Targeted Latinos

Associated Press : "A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations. In an 11-page report issued Tuesday , the federal...

DOJ Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Alamance County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office

"The Justice Department today filed a civil rights lawsuit against Terry S. Johnson, in his official capacity as head of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) in North Carolina. The complaint alleges that ACSO routinely discriminates against and targets Latinos for enforcement action...

Report: Fearing Police Links to ICE, Latinos Less Likely to Report Crimes

"Many Latinos say they are less likely than before to report crimes because local police are increasingly involved in enforcing immigration laws, leading to a sharp increase in deportations, according to a new study. About 44% of Latinos surveyed said they were less likely now to contact police...

Detention, Deportation, and Devastation: The Disproportionate Effect of Deportations on the Latino Community

"The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 37 of the nation’s preeminent Latino organizations, today released a report, " Detention, Deportation, and Devastation: The Disproportionate Effect of Deportations on the Latino Community ," in conjunction with the Mexican...

Latino Workers Fuel 'Texas Miracle' - Let's Pay Them Fairly: Cristina Tzintzún

"Latino workers, documented and undocumented alike, are keeping our state’s economy afloat. Texas has one of the largest and most important construction industries in the nation, and it is driven by Latino workers — they represent 81 percent of the 1 million-strong Texas construction...