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WNYC News

Tough Road Ahead for Immigration Reform in the House

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Only a few months ago some politicians predicted that this summer an immigration reform bill would be on President Obama’s desk ready for signing. But as Congress goes on recess, the House of Representatives hasn’t yet put together a bill. That, however, doesn't mean both Republicans and Democrats aren’t plotting a way forward in this high-stakes game.

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WNYC News

Employers Say Immigration Reform Won't Lead to Paying All Employees On-the-Books

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A set of stairs leads to a below-the-ground take-out restaurant in Harlem, where half a dozen customers regularly line up. It can take a while to get food here, but on an average day as many as 120 people are willing to wait, because it is delicious and affordable. Tony, the owner, a bulky former Department of Correction officer, has been building the business for a long time.

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WNYC News

For Some New Yorkers, News of Immigration Reform is New

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jodi Ziesemer, an accredited representative at Catholic Charities, a non-profit which provides legal services, was calling clients for whom she usually doesn’t have good news on Wednesday.

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WNYC News

Immigration Reform Proposal Brings Hope to a New York Family

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Martinez family spent this Sunday, as they usually do, in a park on Knickerbocker Avenue.

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The Takeaway

'Gang of Eight' to Introduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill This Week

Monday, April 15, 2013

The bipartisan group of senators knows as The Gang of Eight will release their immigration reform bill this week. The proposal is expected to overhaul the current system and give millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States a pathway to citizenship.

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The Takeaway

A Former Undocumented Immigrant Shares Her Story

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sayu Bhojwani was born in India, raised in Belize and was in the United States when her visa expired – making her an undocumented immigrant. She went on to not only become an American citizen, but also also to be appointed New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs. She now helps other first and second generation immigrants seek public office as the Founding Director of the New American Leaders Project. 

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WNYC News

A Murder of One Immigrant Unexpectedly Opens Door for Another

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Immigration reform is in the headlines these days, fanning optimism among many undocumented immigrants and their families. Four and a half years ago, however, a much more sober immigration story seized national attention, when a group of teenagers killed the Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue, Long Island. They later admitted they attacked him because of his ethnicity.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Biggest Flop in History Edition

Saturday, April 06, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and special guest Will Saletan discuss the immigration reform deal that’s giving Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio cold feet, and the new laws passed by several conservative states that widen restrictions on abortions.

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WNYC News

Deal on New Guest Worker Program Clears Path For Immigration Reform

Monday, April 01, 2013

It’s been more than 25 years since the last immigration reform, but as early as next week we could see movement on this issue that has long ailed the country. Eight Senators who've been working on drafting a comprehensive immigration bill are expected to present it, following an agreement on the new guest worker program between businesses and labor unions.

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WNYC News

Grantmakers Play an Important Role in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Efforts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Immigration funders and advocates are working together in an attempt to seize what they see as a big opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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It's A Free Country ®

DHS Deportation Guides Leave Questions for Gay Binationals

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys Thursday which clearly identified enforcement priorities among pending deportation cases. In short, it said who should be deported and who gets to stay.

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It's A Free Country ®

Podcast: DREAM Activists Protest Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law

Friday, November 18, 2011

A nation-wide network of young undocumented immigrants, their parents and their supporters in Congress are flocking to Alabama to protest that state’s harsh new anti-immigration law.

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The Takeaway

The New Normal in Immigration Policy? Alabama Passes Stricter Regulations

Friday, June 10, 2011

Alabama has become the latest state to enact very strict new immigration policy.  The new law, signed by Governor Robert Bentley, is said to be the most severe in the country, including Arizona’s controversial SB1070. The new Alabama law will require public schools to verify the immigration status of all elementary and secondary students and will bar enrollment to illegal immigrants seeking to attend college.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Policies Past and Future

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

More unauthorized immigrants have been deported from the United States since 2008 than in any another two-year period in the country's history. Just this past Saturday, the so-called Dream Act, which would have offered a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who came here as minors, was stalled in the Senate over a vote to bring it to the floor. Why have the past two years been so particularly tough on illegal immigration? And what, if anything, are the next steps for immigration reform?

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The Takeaway

The Battle for the Dream Act Begins

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Yesterday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Dream Act, which would allow certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors a chance to become U.S. citizens, if they enter college or military service. Those eligible are people who were brought into the U.S. before they were 16, have been living here for at least five years, and have earned a high school diploma. In order to gain citizenship, they would have to join the military for two years, or attend a four year college for two years.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Steve King Likely to Become New GOP Voice on Immigration

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Earlier this morning, we talked about the record breaking number of people around the world who are entering America’s green card lottery because they want to make this country their home. The sheer number of people applying for this lottery shows the continuing deep desire to immigrate here. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), of Iowa’s 5th District, will likely have a lot of influence on the Republican party's immigration policies. He’s lined up to become the next chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration when the GOP takes over the house this January.

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WNYC News

Legal Dominican Immigrant to be Deported for 28-Year-Old Crime

Friday, October 29, 2010

With the United States deporting more immigrants than ever before -- almost 400,000 over the past year -- some of New York's elected officials and immigrant advocates are trying hard to draw attention to cases that, to them, seem blatantly unjust.

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It's A Free Blog

The Other Side of the Immigration Equation

Monday, October 25, 2010

To be effective, immigration policy must be designed in collaboration with immigrant-sending states. Otherwise, reforms will result in little more than maintaining the array of punitive measures that dominate how we deal with immigrants currently. 

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It's A Free Blog

Why Arizona Makes Real Immigration Reform Possible

Friday, October 22, 2010

The nation needs a new immigration policy. In a way, pro-immigrant advocates may owe Arizona a vote of thanks. Because of that state’s recent attempt to create new policy on its own, the unexpected positive benefit is that conditions are now favorable to confronting this problem.

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WNYC News

Protestors Rally Against 'Secure Communities' Program

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall park on Tuesday to protest against New York state's relationship with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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