Protesters in Jan Brewer's Arizona office on August 16, 2012
Governor Jan Brewer's Executive Order Met with Backlash
By Samantha Leal | 08/17/2012 - 09:59

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order this week which denies benefits to young undocumented immigrants, including ID cards. This order, which goes against President Obama's deferred action program, has sparked outrage and even protests, reports the Huffington Post


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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Bars IDs & Public Benefits for DREAMers
By Samantha Leal | 08/16/2012 - 09:46

As young immigrants begin the application process for President Obama's new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, others will have even more hurdles to jump, thanks to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer


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Young Latina
Obama Immigration Changes & Deferred Action Applications Released
By Samantha Leal | 08/15/2012 - 09:41

Homeland Security recently announced what documents applicants would need to prove eligibility in the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program allows undocumented individuals (who were brought to the U.S. as children) to avoid deportation and obtain work permits if they meet the requirements of the program.


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Latino College Students
Nearly 1.8 Million Undocumented Immigrants Could Avoid Deportation, According to Group Estimate
By Samantha Leal | 08/08/2012 - 10:35

The Migration Policy Institute now states that 350,000 more undocumented immigrants could qualify for deferred deportation when President Barack Obama's new policy takes effect August 15. This estimate raises the number of possible undocumented immigrants able to avoid deportation to just under 1.8 million, according to the Associated Press.


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President Barack Obama
New Immigration Scams Target Undocumented Youths
By Samantha Leal | 08/06/2012 - 14:00

Undocumented youths are being targeted by scams, claiming to put them on a priority list for application approval of deportation reprieve, reports the Huffington Post. The reprieve, announced by President Obama in June, will be awarded through application. Application materials will not be released until August 15.


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Undocumented Immigrants Await Deportation in Arizona
Immigrants Generate Big Profits for Prison Companies
By Samantha Leal | 08/03/2012 - 09:35

The U.S. is locking up more undocumented immigrants than ever, and prison companies are reaping the benefits, says a new Associated Press review. The review shows that the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contirbuting to compaigns.


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Mitt Romney and John McCain
John McCain Advised Romney to Drop 'Self-Deport' Rhetoric
By Samantha Leal | 07/31/2012 - 09:47

When Mitt Romney declared during a Republican primary debate in Tampa in January that he would want undocumented immigrants to "self-deport" back to their home countries, you could say that it caused a stir -- especially among Latino voters. It turns out, the general public wasn't alone: John McCain was also disturbed by the comment.


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Sad Mother and Child
Deportations Physically & Emotionally Traumatizing Children, Says New Study
By Samantha Leal | 07/20/2012 - 14:00

A new study shows that children bear the greatest burden of U.S. deportation policies, which cause many of them to exhibit signs physically and emotionally, reports Fox News Latino. These symptoms include loss of appetitie, increases in crying and upset behavior, sleeplessness, clingy behavior, an increase in fear and anxiety and a general fear of law enforcement officials. 


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Michelle Obama speaks in Miami Lakes, Florida in July 2012
Michelle Obama on Immigration Reform: "There is Nothing More Critical Than Keeping Families Together"
By Samantha Leal | 07/17/2012 - 09:47

As her husband President Barack Obama tries to win reelection, Michelle Obama aired her thoughts on immigration to Univision, saying "there is nothing more critical than keeping families together." This comes after Michelle participated in an internet-broadcast discussion with six Hispanic mothers and their thoughts on health care reform and other topics of interest -- including immigration. 

Immigration reform, Michelle assured, would be one of the "top priorities, and it's essential."


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Hector Villalobos, Immigration and Tattoos
Some Immigrants Denied Green Cards Because of Tattoos
By Samantha Leal | 07/12/2012 - 09:52

Some immigrants are being denied green cards based on their tattoos. The checks have left immigrants -- mostly from Latin America -- without green cards and without recourse, according to the Wall Street Journal. Immigration attorneys cite the concern surrounding foreign gangs entering the country as the reason why many applicants have been denied green cards or legal permanent residency.


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