The Big Story

Immigration in the United States

The immigration debate from the policy and political standpoints.

Get updates:
In A
In B

Senators unveil immigration reform plan — Jan. 28, 2013

A bipartisan group of senators outlined a sweeping proposal, on Jan. 28, 2013, to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, saying the time has come to fix what they called “our broken immigration system.”

In a joint news conference, five of the eight senators introducing the plan portrayed it as an effort to resolve not only the plight of millions of illegal immigrants living in the shadows of society but to modernize and streamline the legal immigration system.

“We have a long way to go, but this bipartisan blueprint is a major breakthrough,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). He said the Senate could pass the bill by late spring or summer.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) vowed that the overhaul would not repeat “the mistakes of 1986,” when he said an amnesty program legalized millions of illegal immigrants but created conditions for the illegal entry of many millions more.

The other members of the eight who presented the proposal are Democrats Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Michael F. Bennet (Colo.) and Republicans Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.).

Read more

Lies, damned lies, and Obama’s deportation statistics

Confusion about immigration statistics lies behind the debate over Obama as the “deporter in chief.“

AFL-CIO’s Trumka meets with immigrants, calls deportations ‘unacceptable’

Labor union boss Richard Trumka pledges support for demonstrators on immigration reform.

Morning Plum: Pressure on Obama to “go big” on deportations

The AFL-CIO issues a new memo arguing that executive action on deportations would be on solid legal ground.

Article

US weighs curbing deportations

(Evan Vucci, File / Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Article

APNewsBreak: US weighs curbing deportations

(Evan Vucci, File / Associated Press)

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don’t have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations.

Article

Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers

(The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd, file / Associated Press)

A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they’re eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation.

 
Article

Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo

Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday.

Article

Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers

(The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd, file / Associated Press)

A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they’re eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation.

Article

Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers

A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities.

 

More Debate on This Topic