Alabama Immigration
Alabama’s Latinos Stop Their Work In Protest of Immigration Law
By Amaris Castillo | 10/13/2011 - 16:01

In protest of Alabama’s new immigration law, many Latinos in the state reportedly skipped work yesterday or closed their businesses, Fox News Latino reports. According to the website, the goal of their work stoppage was to show the contribution Alabama’s Latino immigrants make to the southern state’s economy.


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California Signs Second Portion of DREAM Act
California Governor Signs Second Portion of DREAM Act
By Amaris Castillo | 10/11/2011 - 08:43

This past weekend, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed the second portion of the state’s DREAM Act or AB 131. This part, which has been described as contentious, allows undocumented students to apply for scholarships financed by the state – as well as aid at state universities, according to The New York Times.


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President Obama Immigration
Obama's Immigration Law Crackdown Raises Challenges for States
By Amaris Castillo | 10/04/2011 - 16:45

The increased immigration law crackdown by President Barack Obama’s administration has brought more challenges to several states. According to The Washington Post, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department are suing Alabama and Arizona and are also considering legal challenges to states such as Indiana, Georgia, and South Carolina.


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Alabama
Key Parts of Alabama Immigration Law Stand
By Fox News Latino | 09/29/2011 - 16:00

A federal judge refused to block key parts of Alabama's immigration law on Wednesday, which some call the nation's toughest, including a measure that requires immigration status checks of public school students.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn, appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush, wrote in her 115-page opinion that some parts of the law are in conflict with federal statutes, but others aren't.


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GOP Bill to Deport Victims of Domestic Abuse
Proposed GOP Bill Would Deport Undocumented Victims of Domestic Violence
By Amaris Castillo | 09/29/2011 - 07:30

Immigration advocates are up in arms over a proposed bill that would force authorities to deport undocumented women who turn to police for help after experiencing domestic violence. The bill, proposed by Rep. Lamar Smith, is titled the Hinder the Administration Legalization Temptation Act (also known as the HALT Act).


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Pregnant
Immigrant Woman Forced to Give Birth While Shackled
By Latino Voices | 09/21/2011 - 14:15

"When I was in bed, I was begging the sheriff, 'Please let me free— at least one hand,' and he said, no, he didn't want to," Juana Villegas said in an interview with a local Nashville television station. She was describing the experience of being shackled to her hospital bed as she went into labor. Villegas gave birth in the sheriff's custody, after she was stopped by local police while driving without a valid license.


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Dream Act Passes in California
DREAM Act Passes in California!
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/01/2011 - 15:00

California is one step closer to making the DREAM Act a reality. The State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow undocumented students to apply for financial aid and scholarships from the state.

U.S. Secretary of Education Says DREAM Act Critical for Realizing the Country's Goals


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Government Announces Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Can Stay in the U.S.
Government Announces Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Can Stay in the U.S.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/18/2011 - 16:00

President Obama has been facing some serious heat lately over his handling (or lack thereof) of the immigration issue since taking office. Back in 2008, he promised the Latino community that immigration reform would be a priority during his first term, but unfortunately has not been able to get congress to meet in the middle over the controversial reform legislation. Since then, the Obama administration has deported more than one million immigrants.


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Fed Policy Inspires Nation-Wide Protests: What is the Secure Communities Act?
Immigration 101: What is the Secure Communities Program?
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 08/17/2011 - 18:43

Latinos have hit the streets in the past month to protest the Secure Communities program, which the government uses as a tool to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records and repeat immigration violators. This week, some 200 protesters walked out of a Los Angeles public meeting led by a task force assigned to review the program and another 70 protested in front of President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, just two of several protests in held in six cities, according to the New York Times, with more to come.


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EXCLUSIVE: Susie Jimenez
EXCLUSIVE: Susie Jimenez of 'The Next Food Network Star' Talks Upbringing and Immigration
By Amaris Castillo | 08/17/2011 - 11:00

As a child, Susie Jimenez helped her Mexican parents pick fruit. Working alongside her family in the fields helped plant the seed for Jimenez’s long relationship with food, which culminated in a successful culinary career and most recently in her second place finish on The Next Food Network Star.  The 31-year-old California native lost to self-appointed “Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro on the show’s finale this past Sunday, but gained a ton of fans along the way.


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