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    Va. County OKs Immigration Crackdown

    MANASSAS, Va.: "One of the nation's toughest local crackdowns on illegal immigration was unanimously approved by Prince William County lawmakers early Wednesday after a 12-hour hearing marked by emotional testimony and scuffles." Washington...

    Injunction sought to block law

    "The National Coalition of Latino Clergy has filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction that would stop a strict new [Oklahoma] state law against illegal immigration from going into effect Nov. 1." Tulsa World, Oct. 20, 2007. http...

    Chertoff Waives Laws for Border Fence-October 23, 2007

    "Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday invoked his power to bypass certain laws to restart construction of a fence on the Arizona-Mexico border. Chertoff's action allows construction to go forward on about seven miles of fence...

    Lawmakers seek policy clarification

    "The plight of a California family threatened last week with deportation to Vietnam prompted three members of Congress to demand the White House reiterate the U.S. government's policy against returning refugees to the socialist country."...

    ICE raid a "shambles"

    "Scores of federal immigration agents from around the country, some wearing cowboy hats and brandishing shotguns and automatic weapons, endangered residents and local police officers last week as they raided homes in Nassau County in a poorly planned...

    Natz. applications up 86% in Arizona

    "Over the past 11 months, more than 4,000 immigrants in Pima, Pinal, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Graham counties applied for U.S. citizenship, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data." AZCentral.com, Oct. 2, 2007. http://www...

    Massive sweep deports hundreds

    "Federal officers in Southern California over the last two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have failed to abide by deportation orders -- part of an intensifying but controversial effort...

    Giving immigrants licenses may help security

    "[T]he 9/11 Commission did not recommend that DMVs should deny licenses to unauthorized immigrants. Instead, the commission recommended improving the security of licenses and carefully checking the identity of those who apply for them - exactly what...

    Arrest at U.S. border makes Canadians question use of refugee law

    TORONTO (CNS): "The arrest of a U.S. refugee worker at the Canadian border has prompted criticism of what some call the misapplication of a Canadian law. Janet Hinshaw-Thomas, founder of the Pennsylvania-based PRIME-Ecumenical Commitment to Refugees...

    The Price of Intolerance

    "PRINCE WILLIAM County's elected leaders have balked, for the moment, at implementing what would be one of the nation's more pernicious, unenforceable and legally dubious local crackdowns on illegal immigrants. Facing elections next month...

    Police reach out to Latino community

    "Imagine having your house broken in to but being too scared to call the police because of your immigration status. Police say that's a major concern in the Latino community, and officials want everyone in the community to feel they are safe...

    Texas Mayors Oppose Plan for Border Fence

    NPR, Morning Edition, Oct. 16, 2007: "Mayors of some Texas border cities are taking a stand against the federal government's plans to build hundreds of miles of wall and fence along the U.S.-Mexico border." http://www.npr.org/templates/story...

    Are Local Crackdowns Forcing Immigrants Out?

    Jennifer Ludden, NPR, All Things Considered, Oct. 12, 2007: "States and towns across the country are passing measures aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, and there is anecdotal evidence that undocumented immigrants are moving out of those...

    Protecting Farmworkers

    "The main legal route for agricultural guest workers ? the H-2A visa program ? has serious problems that need fixing. But the government, which has solicited recommendations from farm groups on how to streamline the program, must not let industry...

    Business leader: U.S. needs foreign workers

    "The United States needs not only the undocumented workers already here but even more foreigners to do jobs, the head of the nation's largest business group said Wednesday. Thomas Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber...

    Crocker Blasts Refugee Process

    "The U.S. ambassador to Iraq warned that it may take the U.S. government as long as two years to process and admit nearly 10,000 Iraqi refugees referred by the United Nations for resettlement to the United States, because of bureaucratic bottlenecks...

    Citizenship bittersweet for Polish immigrant

    "In a bittersweet moment that put a different face on the issue of families split by deportation, Tony Wasilewski raised his right hand Tuesday in the Dirksen Federal Courthouse and became an American citizen. ... Thousands of miles away Tuesday...

    Deaths Rise Along Mexico-Arizona Border

    Claudine LoMonaco, NPR, Weekend Edition Saturday, September 29, 2007: "The southern Arizona border is the busiest crossing point for undocumented immigrants trying to sneak out of Mexico and into the United States. Deaths along this part of the U...

    Free Speech Groups Sue Over Visa Denial

    "[T]he American Civil Liberties Union went to court yesterday in Boston seeking to force the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to grant an entry visa to a South African Muslim academic who they said was barred from the United...

    Bill Offers U.S. Citizenship for Military Service

    "Backers of legislation that could help hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants become citizens are trying to overcome political opposition by emphasizing the bill's potential to help the U.S. military meet war-time personnel needs...

    Tough immigration laws hurt NY apple crop

    "New York's apple harvest is expected to be abundant this fall, but some growers are worried they won't have enough help due to tough immigration enforcement keeping laborers away." AP, Sept. 24, 2007. http://www.wstm.com/Global/story...

    Photo system unveiled to catch illegal immigrant workers

    "The Citizenship and Immigration Services unveiled a new system Tuesday that matches photographs from green cards and other immigrant work permits against a database of more than 14 million pictures. If the photos match, the employer will know that...

    Immigration debate roils anew

    "As the Senate prepares to vote on an immigration measure this week, senators are being forced back into politically treacherous territory on the controversial question of amnesty. In many ways, the debate is a mini-version of the free-for-all that...

    Driver's Licenses for Immigrants: Denying Licenses Makes Us Less Safe

    "[W]e are a much more secure nation if we do issue driver's licenses and/or state IDs to every resident who applies, regardless of immigration status. Issuing them doesn't make us any less secure, and refusing puts us at risk." Bruce...

    Virtual Fence on Border to Get Approval

    "The government plans to approve a 28-mile virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday." AP, Feb. 13, 2008. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jE_bOUpQb6MxrxSQno3N6gEdY-MAD8UPIG102