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Immigration Rights Groups Criticize ICE’s New Texas Family Detention Center

September 24, 2014 - LATIN POST

According to the National Immigration Forum, a private prison company named Corrections Corporation of America will run the Dilley facility. National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani said family detention is a failed approach on both financial and moral grounds. Noorani added that the new facility would be a "step backward" in the administration's efforts to phase out family detention.

DHS Expansion Of Migrant Family Detention System Angers Activists

September 23, 2014 - BUZZFEED

WASHINGTON — Immigration and civil rights activists Tuesday roundly criticized the Obama administration’s decision to open a massive new detention facility for undocumented families in a remote Texas town, warning it is inhumane and could curtail immigrants’ ability to make effective asylum claims.

U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Gathers in Utah, Touts Latino Growth

September 22, 2014 - NBC NEWS

A tiny fraction of the 54 million Latinos in the U.S. are in Utah, yet U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Javier Palomarez said the state is the perfect place for the Latino business group to hold its annual convention this week. "We are going into places we have been thought to not heretofore have existed,” said Palomarez, who said his organization has previously taken the conference to cities like Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, which he described as hotbeds for the Hispanic community and enterprises.

A Great Discussion About Immigration

September 22, 2014 - KRWG

We had a great conversation about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, from the perspective of welcoming immigrants, at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday. I believe, and I think the majority of Americans do as well, that the perspective of welcoming rather than shunning immigrants, is both humane and practical. During the panel, we discussed at length the critical role that immigrants have and continue to play in our nation’s economy.

5 races where immigration matters

September 17, 2014 - FUSION

Border brouhaha is back. Midterm elections take place this November and immigration is flaring up as a campaign issue in states with hotly contested Senate races, especially those in Colorado, Arizona, and Louisiana. Even in Kentucky, where only 3.2 percent of the population is foreign-born, voters are seeing television advertisements about “illegal immigrants who broke the law.”

Silicon Valley Firms Feel Bound By U.S. Immigration Policy When It Comes To Hiring

September 17, 2014 - KCBS (California)

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— With more than half a million legal permanent residents calling the Bay Area home, high-tech companies in Silicon Valley are leading the charge on helping their green-card holding employees achieve citizenship. 25 South Bay technology companies heard from a panel of experts Wednesday on how they can use citizenship to close the skill gap.

Atkins: Political fallout only reason for cave-in

September 08, 2014 - BOSTON HERALD

WASHINGTON — The most astonishing four words President Obama said over the weekend in explaining his decision to suddenly put off any immigration-related executive action until after the midterm elections were: “I have been consistent.” For months, we’ve been hearing the president shout down critics of his plan to use executive authority to grant temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, saying it was urgent and necessary given Congress’ inaction. Now he says never mind — it can wait.

Obama Aims to Shift Immigration Debate to 2016

September 07, 2014 - WALL STREET JOURNAL

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's decision to delay executive action on deportations pushes the issue into the 2016 presidential race, when Hispanic voters will be far more important than in November's midterm elections, while removing a troublesome issue for Democrats for now. Hispanic voters make up a large share of the electorate in just one state with a close Senate race this year, Colorado. The rest of the battleground is dominated by conservative states where Republicans are already attacking Democrats over immigration and putting them on the defensive.

Immigration in US: 11.3 Million Unauthorized Immigrants Live in US, But ‘No Sign’ of Future Migratio

September 04, 2014 - LATIN POST

The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has been stagnant since the recession, and estimates indicate "no sign" of a migration increase. Preliminary Pew Research Center estimates, based on U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, found 11.3 million "unauthorized" immigrants lived in the U.S. as of March 2013. In 2012, 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S.

The family that migrates together

September 04, 2014 - TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE

As of last March, 11.3 million illegal aliens were living the U.S. and their number has remained stable since mid-2009 when the Great Recession ended, according to a preliminary Pew Research Center estimate. Among the estimated 10.4 million aliens who are adults, 62% have been in the U.S. for 10 years or more and 15% have been here for less than five years.

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