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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Kelefa Sanneh and William Finnegan on Romney's big problem with Hispanic voters.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kelefa Sanneh and William Finnegan on Romney's big problem with Hispanic voters.

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WNYC News

Despite Opposition, NY Joins Fed’s Secure Communities Program

Monday, May 14, 2012

Politicians and immigration advocates gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to demand that the Department of Homeland Security halt the activation of a contentious immigration program known as Secure Communities, which goes into effect in New York City on Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Some Undocumented Immigrants Relieved To Stay in New York, Even in Legal Limbo

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

When Antonio left Trinidad to help his ailing father in the U.S., he knew he would likely overstay his tourist visa and therefore break the law – but he never imagined he would still be in the country seven years later, facing legal limbo. When he appeared in court after he was pulled over during a traffic stop, Antonio had a new option that would allow him to stay in the U.S.: prosecutorial discretion.

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It's A Free Country ®

What’s In a Name? “Illegal” vs. “Undocumented”

Monday, April 30, 2012

Many immigrant advocates argue that “illegal immigrant” is an offensive and inaccurate label for people who reside in the U.S. without legal documents authorizing their presence.

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: Immigration at the Supreme Court, News Corp Inquiry, John Edwards Trial, Walmart Bribery

Friday, April 27, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week, we'll hear more about Arizona v. U.S., the case that will determine the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law, known as SB 1070. James and Rupert Murdoch both testified before a British inquiry into media ethics, our partner The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into Walmart's practices in Mexico, and the campaign finance case against former Senator John Edwards began in North Carolina. Farai Chideya, journalist and Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, and Paddy O’Connell host of the BBC’s Broadcasting House program, explain the news of the week.

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It's A Free Country ®

AZ Immigrants Await Supreme Court Ruling on SB 1070

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patricia and Pablo held arms outside the U.S. Supreme Court, hours before the highest tribunal in the nation heard arguments on the injunction of SB 1070, a controversial  Arizona law that would subject undocumented immigrants like them to incarceration and penalties.

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The Takeaway

How Far Should States Be Able to Go to Stop Illegal Immigration?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today the Supreme Court will consider whether Arizona’s approach to illegal immigration clashes with federal law. If they decide it does, what else will states be able do to address their concerns over illegal immigration?

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The Takeaway

In Defense of Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Arizona v. United States, the case that will decide the constitutionality of Arizona's controversial immigration law, known as SB 1070. Kris Kobach is the Secretary of State of Kansas and the architect of SB 1070, as well as immigration laws in Alabama, Utah, South Carolina and a number of other states. He argues that federal immigration law allows for state and local cooperation in immigration enforcement.

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Soundcheck

Queens: The Symphony

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The borough of Queens is probably the most diverse place on earth, in terms of the amount of languages spoken and the sheer diversity of immigrants living there. “1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens” is Frank London’s mammoth piece for orchestra, ethnic instruments, actors, visual projections, and a 190-piece choir; the work examines our changing ideas of migration and home. The composer joins us along with the writer and actor Judith Sloan to talk about their collaboration.

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The Takeaway

Undocumented and Abused at the Border

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Each year, more than 25,000 undocumented immigrants are apprehended as they attempt to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. In most cases, we hear very few details about these apprehensions. But in one case, the details — which are especially gruesome — have become widely circulated.

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The Takeaway

Arizona's Immigrant Law Results in Upsurge of "Self-Deportation"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

During the GOP Primaries, likely nominee Mitt Romney preached an immigration policy of "self-deportation". It just so happens that in the wake of the passage of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law, many of that state's undocumented immigrants are practicing self-deportation. But they're not necessarily going back to Mexico. Instead, many are crossing the border into surrounding states with more lenient immigration laws on the books. We're joined by Peter O'Dowd, News Director at KJZZ.

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It's A Free Country ®

Immigration Policy Shift for Transgendered Community

Monday, April 16, 2012

Immigration officials will now issue immigration documents which reflect an individual’s gender identity, so long as they present “an amended birth certificate, passport, or court order recognizing their new gender," is welcome news for the transgender community and its allies.

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It's A Free Country ®

Rubio a DREAM Act For a Potential VP?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

While Sen. Rubio has not released details of his plan, just the suggestion that he’s getting into the debate has already created a buzz among conservatives, liberals and key Latino groups.

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Strangers

Abdi Hussein: Coming to America

Thursday, April 05, 2012

An immigrant story about the humor and heartbreak of trying to fit in, the difference one person can make, and about Abdi's ultimate triumph.

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WNYC News

Married Gay Couples Sue for Immigration Rights

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Immigration advocates have filed a lawsuit on behalf of several married gay couples, alleging a federal law violates their constitutional rights by preventing them from sponsoring their spouses for green cards.

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The Takeaway

A Former INS Commissioner on the New ICE Guidelines

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yesterday, the House Judiciary immigration subcommittee held a meeting called "Holiday on ICE." Contrary to how it might sound, it had nothing to do with dancing elves or figure skating. In this case, ICE refers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal law enforcement agency under the department of Homeland Security that enforces immigration laws. Here to tell us about detention, past, present and future, is Doris Meissner, who served as Commissioner of the INS under President Clinton and Acting Commissioner under President Reagan. She is currently director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute.

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New Jersey News

Poor Conditions for Immigrant Detainees in NJ, Report Finds

Friday, March 23, 2012

Conditions for immigrant detainees in Essex County, NJ, do not fully comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency's national detention standards, according to a  new report from the New York University School of Law School.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why Santorum's 'English Only' Gaffe is Genius

Monday, March 19, 2012

GOP candidate Rick Santorum was quoted in saying that if the territory wanted U.S. statehood, they'd have to make English their only official language. Smart move.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Urban Migration in China

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Michelle Dammon Loyalka, journalist and author of Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration, discusses the influx of peasants to China's urban areas.

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WNYC News

City Immigration Advocates Rip Romney's Self-Deportation Plan

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On the heels of Mitt Romney’s wins on Super Tuesday, leaders of New York City’s immigrant organizations criticized the Republican frontrunner’s self-deportation plan, saying it was unfeasible and that it would eventually hurt him in the general election if he clinches the nomination.

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