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    Denied licenses, legal immigrants sue state Registry

    "Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles employees are routinely and unlawfully denying driver's licenses to immigrants who are here legally, according to a class-action law suit filed yesterday." Boston Globe, Dec. 15, 2006. http://www...

    26 Bosnian Serbs Arrested in U.S.

    "A Justice Department dragnet based on war crimes probes in Europe led to 26 arrests in the past week of Bosnian Serbs who had obtained refugee status in the United States by allegedly concealing their service in the Bosnian Serb military during...

    Old Allies, Tagged 'Terrorist'

    "The United States has not had much luck in winning hearts and minds as it wages what President Bush calls the 'war on terror.' But it could at least make an effort to stand by those whose hearts and minds it won decades ago in other conflicts...

    New law benefits foreign minor leaguers

    "Whether or not they're potential superstars like Miguel Tejada or Sammy Sosa, all foreigners signed to play in America's minor leagues will soon be treated as internationally recognized athletes by U.S. immigration law." AP, Dec. 15...

    Immigration Raids May Affect Meat Prices

    "When hordes of police and immigration officials stormed meatpacking plants in six states this week, the illegal workers arrested may not have been the only victims. Consumers and the industry itself may be feeling the repercussions in a shortage...

    Border Fence Firm Snared for Hiring Illegal Workers

    NPR, All Things Considered, December 14, 2006: "A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence...

    Groups highlight plight of jailed immigrant families

    "The T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a private detention facility in Taylor [Texas,] is emblematic of new federal policy that detains all unauthorized immigrants from countries other than Mexico while the government determines whether they should...

    Texas Official's Report Ignites a New Border Conflict

    "It is a Texas showdown, a war of words over illegal immigration at the border. State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn fired the first shot with a recent report that, for some, says the unthinkable: Illegal immigrants not only pay their fair share...

    U.S. Is Dropping Effort to Track if Visitors Leave

    "In a major blow to the Bush administration?s efforts to secure borders, domestic security officials have for now given up on plans to develop a facial or fingerprint recognition system to determine whether a vast majority of foreign visitors leave...

    Lawyers still struggling to find whereabouts of detainees

    "Lawyers are getting few details from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in tracking those apprehended in the raid at Swift & Co.'s meat processing plant in Greeley on Tuesday. 'I have clients that ICE doesn't know where...

    Swift & Co. Arrestees Whisked Away

    "'Perhaps the biggest tragedy is that many of the immigrants may have felt pressured into signing papers, waiving their rights, and may be in the process of being returned before they ever had a chance to consult with a lawyer,' said Donna...

    The System Is the Problem

    "Workers need a legal way to enter the country. Businesses need a legitimate way to get workers, plus a reliable verification system - not unlike credit card verification - to tell them which workers are legal and which aren't. And once these...

    Chertoff Defends REAL ID

    "DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on Thursday defended forthcoming national ID cards as vital for security and consistent with privacy rights. Chertoff said one of his agency's top goals next year is to forge ahead with recommendations for the...

    Calif. company faces immigration charges

    "A Southern California fence-building company and two executives pleaded guilty Thursday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and agreed to pay a combined penalty of $5 million. The executives could also go to prison." [For an ironic rimshot...

    Justice Deported

    "Tuesday?s immigration raids on meatpacking plants weren?t about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting." Op-Ed by David Bacon, The American Prospect, Dec. 14, 2006. http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId...

    Swift tried to block raid

    "For nearly two weeks, Swift & Co. officials fought to block an impending immigration raid they knew was coming.According to newly unsealed federal-court records filed in Amarillo, Texas, on Dec. 4, the company sought an injunction to stop U...

    Mass. immigration plan likely short-lived

    "BOSTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) - A deal Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed allowing state troopers to arrest illegal immigrants will be rescinded next month by the new governor." http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061214-120625-4063r

    Hopes And Handcuffs

    "A group of students at Yale Law School is expected to file suit today in federal court in a bid to find out how Homeland Security put together its sting on Sept. 19. The students want to know what role Danbury played in the operation and if the...

    Judge voids state ID rules

    "A Denver district judge voided Colorado's rule that applicants for a driver's license or state ID card need two specifics types of identification to prove legal presence, age and identity." Denver Post, Dec. 14, 2006. http://www.denverpost...

    Raids draw skepticism from both sides in immigation debate

    "Observers on both sides of the immigration debate were somewhat skeptical, calling Chertoff's crackdown on identity theft a new refrain in an old song." Seattle Times, Dec. 14, 2006. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003476732_raids14...

    Rolling Coverage Of Swift Raids

    Return often to the site of the Greeley, Colorado Tribune and scroll to the bottom of the article where scores of previous stories, audio, video are linked. http://greeleytrib.com/article/20061212/NEWS/61212033

    Nebraska Police Refuse To Assist ICE In Swift Raid

    "In Nebraska, Grand Island police refused to be part of the raid at the plant in that city. Police Chief Steve Lamken said he met with ICE officials on Tuesday morning and told them his department would not be involved. Lamken said his department...

    Florida H-2A Use Surges

    "Unprecedented enforcement of the nation's immigration laws is pushing Florida growers to use guest workers at a pace not seen for 40 years. After watching $500,000 in tomatoes rot in his fields last year, Palmetto tomato grower Bob Spencer dipped...

    Ill. Governor To Announce New Benefits For Immigrants

    "CHICAGO, Dec. 12: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) will announce on Wednesday a wide-ranging set of measures meant to better integrate immigrants, legal and illegal, into the state's economy, education system and workforce." Washington...

    A New Wrinkle in Border-Crossing Cases

    [Link to audio.] NPR, All Things Considered, December 9, 2006: "A county attorney in Arizona is bringing criminal charges against illegal immigrants by charging them with smuggling themselves. More than 100 immigrants in Arizona have pleaded guilty...