October 17, 2012 |
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney probably would have been happy to get through the second presidential debate without hearing the phrase "self-deport," a term that Romney used in his primary campaign to plant his flag as the most conservative GOP candidate on immigration. But when a newly aggressive President Obama brought it up, Romney offered a spirited defense -- albeit one that probably didn't help him win over many Latino voters. The exchange took place after Romney had been asked by an audience member what he would do "with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society.
May 10, 2012 |
Incarcerating illegal immigrants is expensive, and local and state governments have for years insisted that the federal government help foot the bill. Congress appears poised once again to keep the money flowing. The House on Thursday passed a bill to provide $165 million in the next fiscal year. But it also attached a Republican-sponsored measure to the bill that would deny the funds to "sanctuary cities" and any communities that fail to enforce immigration laws. "If cities and states refuse to enforce the immigration laws that are on the books, they will no longer receive taxpayer funds to do so," said the measure's sponsor, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)
August 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House Republicans, responding to new details of the Obama administration's plan to allow some young illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and stay temporarily, charged that it could create delays for legal immigrants trying to enter the United States. “This will lead to a backlog for legal immigrants who followed the rules, while allowing lawbreakers to skip to the front of the line,” Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who heads the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.
August 21, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might wish some Latino voters this fall will overlook the hard line on illegal immigration he espoused during the GOP primaries, but members of the party's platform committee clearly remember. At their final session Tuesday, the delegates voted to restore several anti-illegal immigration provisions from the 2008 platform. The provisions had not been included in the initial 2012 platform draft, prepared in close conjunction with the Romney campaign.
September 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Immigration officials have decided not to detain 10 illegal immigrants who were arrested by police for blocking traffic during a protest near the entrance to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. The immigrants were part of a group of more than 35 protesters that has crisscrossed the nation to pressure politicians to create a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Protesters arrived in Charlotte, the final stop of the tour, aboard a green bus painted with the words, “No Papers No Fear Journey for Justice.” The protest had been carefully orchestrated to get the attention of Democrats attending the convention.
April 12, 2012 |
Two illegal immigrants were shot to death by camouflaged gunmen northwest of Tucson in an incident evoking a pair of 2007 attacks, Arizona authorities said Wednesday. One of the victims was identified as Gerardo Perez-Ruiz, 39, of Toluca, Mexico. The second man remained unidentified but was thought to be from Guatemala. They were among a group of 20 to 30 people riding in the bed of a Chevy truck on Sunday when men with rifles ambushed them, Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Dawn Barkman said in an interview.
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June 30, 2011 |
Ten suspected illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday near Pacific Coast Highway after being dropped off by a smuggling boat along the coast northwest of Malibu, U.S. authorities said. The group was spotted about 4:30 a.m. just up the coast from the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A woman with a broken nose and a man with a broken leg were hospitalized, Kice said. The maritime smuggling attempt marks one of the northernmost forays by traffickers as they try to evade increased enforcement in San Diego County, where such activity has surged dramatically in recent years.
September 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The first work permits and deportation deferrals have been mailed to young illegal immigrants who applied under an Obama administration initiative that began last month. More than 72,000 applications have been filed in the first weeks of the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, officials said. It's unclear how many have been approved so far. “Following a thorough, individualized case review, [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service] has now begun notifying individuals of the determination on their deferral requests,” Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement.