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    Some forced to sue for citizenship

    "Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, authorities have become so rigorous in screening immigrants that citizenship applications often are delayed for years - forcing some people to sue." Miami Herald, Dec. 20, 2006. http://www.miami...

    HARKIN CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM FOLLOWING SWIFT RAIDS

    ?Only when we bring the 12 million illegal workers out of the shadows and into the legal system will both industry and employees benefit,? Harkin wrote. http://harkin.senate.gov/press/print-release.cfm?id=267049

    Bridge officers complain of long hours and stress

    "Homeland Security officers who check incoming travelers at the region's international bridges claim that long hours and forced overtime are causing some officers to be mentally exhausted and are jeopardizing the nation's security."...

    Immigration raids mishandled, Harkin charges

    "Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa wrote Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff on Tuesday to say he is appalled by the process used to detain and deport workers in raids earlier this month at six Swift & Co. packing plants, including one in Marshalltown...

    Vilsack, Guard chief blast feds

    "In a blunt and stinging letter, the governor and the top officer of the Iowa National Guard on Tuesday called federal immigration officials' actions in the Swift raids "completely unacceptable," saying agents undermined the public's...

    Union blasts ICE claims after raid at Swift & Co.

    "Officials of the union representing employees at the Swift & Co. plant in Greeley on Tuesday challenged government claims that there were no violations of the rights of workers seized during an immigration raid last week. "You don't...

    Jail stops housing immigration detainees

    "The door to the Ramsey County jail is shut for suspected illegal immigrants picked up by federal immigration authorities. Sheriff Bob Fletcher said Tuesday he would no longer accept "immigration boarders" brought to the St. Paul jail by...

    Arrested Immigrants' Families Struggle in Iowa

    Link to audio on NPR, All Things Considered, December 18, 2006: "Melissa Block speaks with Father Jim Miller, a priest with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshalltown, Iowa, about undocumented workers in his parish who were detained last week...

    Putting children behind bars in Taylor

    "There has to be a better way. It cannot be right to imprison children guilty of nothing more than following their parents into the United States illegally." Editorial, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 19, 2006. http://www.statesman.com/opinion...

    Lawyers: Taking detainees out of state a violation

    "The union representing workers at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Greeley accused immigration officials Friday of violating a court order by sending workers arrested in the Tuesday raid out of state." Rocky Mountain News, Dec. 16,...

    DREAM Act Possible?

    Carlina Tapia-Ruano, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said that the chances for the bill are "excellent." Cox News, Dec. 18, 2006. http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/border/160796

    IMMIGRATION JAIL COULD FACE LEGAL FIGHT

    "A number of illegal immigrant families with children are held at a Central Texas jail while they wait to be deported. Critics say the T. Don Hutto facility in Taylor, Texas is not an appropriate place for children. Immigration officials won?t say...

    Union says ICE raid against both 4th, 5th amendments

    "The union that represents workers at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant argued late Monday that an investigation of identity theft at the Greeley plant was nothing more than a Trojan Horse to 'effectuate an immigration raid' and called...

    Ex-workers sue raided company over hiring

    "Former employees are suing Swift & Co. for $23 million, alleging the meatpacking company conspired to keep wages down by hiring illegal immigrants." AP, Dec. 18, 2006. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4411733.html

    Yolanda's Crossing

    Multi-media investigative report by the Dallas Morning News: "In rural Mexico , Yolanda Méndez Torres lived in a society where sexual violence against girls often goes unreported and unpunished. In America, she joined legions of undocumented abuse...

    Making a Life in the U.S., but Feeling Mexico?s Tug

    "Reporters and a photographer from The New York Times spent a week in October following Mrs. Rodríguez and two of her sisters, Verónica and Irma, all of whom speak primarily Spanish, to chronicle the American immigration experience through the turbulent...

    Couple Fired Over Security Wins Lawsuit

    "The federal government turned their lives upside down, but an Iranian immigrant couple, Aliakbar and Shahla Afshari, say they always believed in the system. The Afsharis? faith was rewarded earlier this month when the federal government admitted...

    Kids also caught entering illegally

    "The nonprofit Southwest Key Program Inc. runs Arizona's only temporary shelter for detained children in a nondescript building complex behind a locked black gate. It is one of 36 shelters in the country established in the past three years under...

    Immigrants sue government to get green cards faster

    "Faced with long waits caused by a backlog of applications, more and more immigrants are following Li's path, using the courts to nudge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a unit of Homeland Security, to process stalled requests. In U...

    'Wilson Four' were wrongly targeted

    "A federal immigration appeals board on Nov. 29 concluded that the former Wilson Charter High School students in Phoenix had been wrongly targeted by immigration officials at the Canadian border because of their Hispanic appearance. As a result,...

    Groups protest children being held in ICE contract detention center in Texas

    "The treatment of immigrants brought out protestors in Taylor when dozens gathered outside the T. Don Hutto prison on Saturday. Protestors say the prison houses immigrants who are awaiting asylum or deportation hearings. Of the 400 immigrants housed...

    Coming to Terms With the Men on the Corner

    "While the number of Hispanic immigrants in the region increased by 21 percent in the last five years, it is difficult to tell how many work as day laborers. What is known is that most day laborers are undereducated, undocumented men from the Latin...

    Stars and Strife: Flag Rule Splits Town

    ?It is very embarrassing to us when things like this happen,? said Laurayne Murray, a Town Board member who opposed the language ordinance and the worker registration proposal. ?It?s unconstitutional, it?s unenforceable and I don?t think it reflects how...

    Employers' immigration pains

    "The raid of six Swift & Co. meat packing plants last week spotlighted the fine line employers face because of increased government scrutiny: Make sure your employees are in the U.S. legally, but don't push too hard to find out. This time...

    The politics of immigration

    "Voters in November handed control of the House and Senate to Democrats. However, there is no guarantee these new rulers on Capitol Hill will deliver on immigration. Democrats' desire to remain in power after 2008 may overwhelm their appetite...