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Officials Detain Undocumented Immigrant as an Adult on His 18th Birthday, Law Firm Reports


Erik Javier Flores Hernandez has an asylum application pending, but the Immigrant Defenders Law Center says he has been shackled and is on his way from a children’s shelter to an adult detention facility.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE
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Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?


The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

May Day March Planned as Trump Stokes Fear Among Immigrants


If the past is any predictor, millions across the United States will march May 1 in defense of immigrant rights and against the president’s increasingly draconian policies.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

Terrorizing the Vulnerable


Undocumented people are living in fear as the Trump administration accelerates arrests under a brutal policy whose “family values” call for ripping families apart.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies


Here’s some ugly history that both former presidents would prefer we not remember.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

A Search for Justice in ‘Finding Oscar’


The documentary traces the story of a 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village to a trial three decades later, with human rights advocates as the heroes.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

White House Insider Javier Palomarez Is Not the Hispanic Community’s Martin Luther King Jr.


Once an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO now may be a misguided opportunist in the president’s national diversity coalition.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Holocaust Survivor Bernard Marks on the ‘Travesty of Justice’ in Trump’s America (Audio)

Marks, whose speech at a California immigration forum in March went viral, draws parallels between the U.S. today and Germany in the 1930s.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

For One Oregon City, the American Dream Turns Into a Deportation Nightmare


Many residents of Woodburn are living in fear since raids in February by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resulted in the detention of 11 men.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE

The United States of Immigrants


The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

As Deportation Fears Rise, a Community in New Mexico Trains for Resistance


In Las Cruces, a group is teaching nonviolent opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids after about 20 residents were recently detained by agents.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System


The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese believes the solution must balance love and law with justice and mercy—regardless of legal status.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

Is Trump Waging a Stealth War of Retaliation Against Sanctuary Cities?


Evidence suggests aggressive sweeps are being aimed at jurisdictions that limit collaboration with federal immigration authorities.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies


Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan


Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers


Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Immigrant Detainees Subjected to Forced Labor in Private Prisons, Lawsuit Claims


The class-action suit also alleges Immigration and Customs Enforcement played a part in violating anti-slavery laws.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Palantir Technologies Is Creating a Vast Immigration Database


The data-mining firm has a $41 million government contract to aid in mass deportations.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE

ICE Agents in Police Jackets Seize Undocumented Man Near His Daughter’s School


Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (pictured) had just dropped one of his children off when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested him in Los Angeles.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE

Hidden Consequences of Hiring 15,000 Border Patrol and Immigration Agents


Instead of making U.S. borders more secure, Donald Trump’s new policies could create security gaps.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 READ MORE

Challenging Trump on Immigration

Emily Robinson and Alejandro Barajas, both of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, met with Truthdig on Thursday to discuss plans to fight the president’s new policies.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Welcome to the Police State of America for Immigrants


Donald Trump’s new orders give immigration officials and local cops around the country new and almost unlimited power to enforce a vague law.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Sanctuary Churches, Havens for Undocumented Immigrants


Despite serious risks, religious institutions across the U.S. are opening their doors to immigrants who fear deportation under the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE

Hispanic House Democrats Blast ‘Dictatorial Shenanigans’ at Immigration Meeting


Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are banned from a major discussion of immigration raids and detentions.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Agency Quietly Accelerates Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children


Three families are to be expelled Friday, including a 19-year-old mother and her toddler.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Child Care Facilities’? Judge Says No


After the ruling, nearly 500 mothers and children were released from detention centers in Texas.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

Speed of Arctic Ice Melt Defies Scientific Predictions


The Arctic climate is changing so quickly that science can barely keep track of what is happening and predict the global consequences, the U.N. says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 READ MORE

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Takes High School Detention to a New Level


In January, Wildin Acosta left his home to go to school but never made it. He was thrown to the ground and arrested by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has been in detention ever since.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE

The Stateless and the State of the Union


That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE

Los Angeles Called ‘Epicenter’ of Cartel Money Laundering


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Agents from the FBI and ICE swept through downtown L.A.’s fashion district on Wednesday, grabbing $65 million that allegedly belongs to Mexican drug traffickers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE

Report: Melting Arctic Ice Will Dump More Than 1 Trillion Pieces of Plastic Into the Sea


The ice patches due to melt will unleash an amount of plastic waste more than double the size of Texas.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow


By the 2080s, two-thirds of the cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924 are likely to be too warm to be able to do so again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE

Rural N.Y. Communities Use Fracking Waste to De-Ice Roads


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Maybe this is why there’s a New York city named Fishkill. Road crews in some rural areas around the state are using toxic fracking waste liquid to de-ice roads, despite a moratorium on fracking in the state and a federal EPA warning against using the juice. Exactly what’s in the liquid? Only the frackheads know, and they’re keeping it a secret.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE

U.S.-Size Ice Cube Melts


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In a report released at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, this week, the World Meteorological Organization said an area of Arctic ice bigger than the United States disappeared under warmer temperatures this year.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE

Melting Ice Makes Polar Scientists Anxious


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Melting ice caps are the canaries in the coal mines for the probable and impending global climate catastrophe. Arctic ice sheets endured record-breaking melt this summer with the annual thaw of the region’s floating ice reaching the lowest level since satellite monitoring began more than 30 years ago.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE

Dozens Arrested in Arizona Drug Bust


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After a 17-month investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal, state and local authorities cracked down on a vast drug-smuggling network in Arizona that officials tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, making 76 arrests in three separate raids.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE

‘Frontline’ Investigates Obama’s Record Deportations

This year the United States will deport 400,000 immigrants, a million since Obama took office, reports PBS’ “Frontline” in a groundbreaking investigation of the president’s immigration policies. In short: Obama makes George W. Bush look soft.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

ICE Arrests Almost 3,000 Convicted Criminal Immigrants


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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that the agency had arrested almost 3,000 immigrants previously convicted of crimes. The arrests came in a seven-day “Cross Check” operation that spanned all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE

ICE Raids Go Silent


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The federal government has changed its approach to immigration raids at factories and farms. Instead of busting their way into workplaces, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are now scouring employment records that then can result in the firing of undocumented workers.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE

Congress Has a Snow Day


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Thanks to the lousy weather pummeling the nation’s capital, Congress is taking some time off. The House canceled all business pending bluer skies, while the Senate convened for a whole five minutes Monday. As of this posting, there is a 100 percent chance of snow in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE

Big Payoff Seen in Immigration Reform

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Despite the American penchant for xenophobia, a report from two policy institutes concludes that legalizing the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would boost wages, consumption, jobs and tax revenue.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 READ MORE

ICE Cools It on the Quotas

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A controversial program that had set quotas for the arrest of undocumented immigrants is finally over. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to bust into homes and workplaces, arresting and deporting illegal immigrants—some without deportation orders or criminal records—agents will no longer have a hard number that has to be met.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE

New, Softer Approach to Illegal Workers

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The immigration raids of the Bush years that have carried over into the Obama administration may be changing. The era of federal agents busting into shops and rounding up undocumented workers for deportation is being replaced by a new effort to use fines and civil sanctions, making employers responsible, rather than the workers themselves.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE

America’s ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration


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While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Citizens Detained and Deported by Immigration


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In its zeal to crack down on illegal immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is detaining and deporting American citizens. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Andrew Becker talks about his investigation into this disturbing trend.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Citizens Detained and Deported by Immigration


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In its zeal to crack down on illegal immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is detaining and deporting American citizens. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Andrew Becker talks about his investigation into this disturbing trend.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Muslims Still Under Siege

It turns out that people can still be arrested and deported based on the same charges they’ve been acquitted of in court. The U.S. Constitution protects people from “double jeopardy,” being charged twice with the same offense. But in the murky world of immigrant detention, double jeopardy is perfectly legal.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE

Arctic Has Lost Enough Ice to Cover Texas


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Although this wasn’t the worst winter on record for retention of Arctic sea ice, a report from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center says that the region is now missing a Texas-sized chunk of the stuff that keeps polar bears alive and cities above sea level. More alarming, the ice that is there is younger, thinner and more fragile than in years past.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE

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