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  1. Immigration Reform Lesson (PBS News)
      Provides a lesson to help understand immigration reform from different points of view. 04-06

Papers
  1. - Appeals Court Blocks Immigration Plan (New York Times)
      "A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift a hold on the president’s executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to millions of immigrants in the country illegally." 05-15

  2. -Both Sides Claim Victory on Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Immigration Laws (Arizona Republic)
      "On Monday, after the court issued its 5-3 decision upholding the law's most controversial provision but striking down three portions that the justices said encroached on federal immigration-enforcement powers, both sides claimed victory."

      "Political analysts and some law-enforcement authorities predict that little -- at least in the short term -- is likely to change as a result of the highly anticipated ruling: Politicians will try to use the ruling to their benefit, but in most cases, those who are passionate about immigration are already solidly in one camp or the other. Authorities won't begin enforcing the provision until a lower court lifts a 2-year-old injunction, and even then, federal immigration officials say they will continue to be selective about whom they deport. But legal experts say the court's ruling rendered a fatal blow to similar immigration laws nationwide and opens the door to additional legal challenges." 06-12

  3. -Current Vetting Processes (CBS News)
      "As the Trump administration readies a new 'extreme vetting' executive order that is expected to ban people from certain countries in order to give agencies time to review U.S. vetting procedures, many experts and former officials argue that the screening process is already rigorous." 02-17

  4. -Democrats Seek Asylum Process for Children Fleeing to U.S. (Reuters.com)
      "The thousands of children fleeing drug violence and poverty in Central America could qualify for asylum in the United States and should have the right to make that case, Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday." 07-14

  5. -Editorial: We Are All Immigrants (MSNBC News)
      "Millions of undocumented immigrants pay income taxes using a special identification number the IRS provides. They pay into the Social Security system, too, even though they're not eligible to collect benefits. In fact, they may be helping to keep the system afloat, with $7 billion currently in a designated suspense file, much of which is believed to have come from undocumented workers."

      "In 2004 there was a backlog of more than 6 million unprocessed immigration petitions, a record high. So much for suggestions that immigrants are lax about regularizing their status. Clearly the laxity is at least partly federal." 05-06

  6. -Government Suspends Trump Bans on Immigration (Time.com)
      "The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban and scurried to appeal a judge's order, plunging the new administration into a crisis that has challenged Trump's authority — and ability to fulfill campaign promises."

      "The stand-down, a day after a federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked the ban, marked an extraordinary setback for the White House. Only a week ago, the president had acted to suspend America's refugee program and halt immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries that the government said raise terrorism concerns." 02-17

  7. -Immigration Lessons (CNN News)
      "Immigration is divisive, a wedge issue in this election year. But most Americans (73%) agree that the government is doing a poor job of managing it."

      "So, how should the U.S. handle immigration? Does anyone else do it better? What can the U.S. learn from successes – and possible mistakes – from other countries?" 06-12

  8. -Largest Group of Immigrants Now Asian (New York Times)
      "Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States, pushing the population of Asian descent to a record 18.2 million and helping to make Asians the fastest-growing racial group in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center." 07-12

  9. -Mexican Migration into the United States Stalls (CNN News)
      "Amid the backdrop of contentious debates comes a study this week from the Pew Hispanic Center, which finds that for the first time in decades, the flow of Mexican migrants to and from the United States balances out." 04-12

  10. -Obama Administration to Stop Deporting Some Young Immigrants (CNN News)
      "In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements." 06-12

  11. -Study: Immigrant Anxiety Basis for Trump Support (Washington Post)
      "The biggest predictor of Trump support among Republican and Republican-leaning voters was a belief that 'the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens U.S. values.' " 06-16

  12. -Undocumented Immigrants Line Up for Relief from Deportation (CNN News)
      "Long lines formed at help centers and lawyers' office across America Wednesday as thousands of young, undocumented immigrants began applying for relief from deportation."

      "Under the new policy, people younger than 30 who arrived in the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military, can get a two-year deferral from deportation and apply for work permits." 08-12

  13. American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA.org)
      Provides immigration information. 04-06

  14. Both Sides Claim Victory on Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Immigration Laws (PBS.org)
      "The justices unanimously upheld the law's provision requiring police officers to check the immigration status of any individual they suspect is in the country illegally. Three other parts of the law were struck down, including one element that would have made it a crime for an illegal immigrant to seek work or hold a job."

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    • Boy Suspended for Speaking Spanish (MSNBC News)
        Zach Rubio reportedly was talking in Spanish to a friend during a break at Endeavor Alternative School. The account further states that a teacher overheard the exchange and the principal then suspended the student for talking in Spanish. "The school district has officially rescinded his punishment and said that speaking a foreign language is not grounds for suspension. Meanwhile, the Rubio family has retained a lawyer, who says a civil rights lawsuit may be in the offing."

        "Conflicts are bursting out nationwide over bilingual education, 'English-only' laws, Spanish-language publications and advertising, and other linguistic collisions. Language concerns have been a key aspect of the growing political movement to reduce immigration." 12-05

    • Constitutional Law Experts Defend President's Immigration Action (Time.com)
        "As a group, we express no view on the merits of these executive actions as a matter of policy. We do believe, however, that they are within the power of the Executive Branch and that they represent a lawful exercise of the President’s authority." 11-14

    • Court Sides Mostly With Federal Government on Arizona Immigration Laws (CNN News)
        "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled largely in favor of the federal government Monday in a case involving Arizona's immigration law, but it upheld the most controversial provision involving police checks on people's immigration status while enforcing other laws."

        " 'The national government has significant power to regulate immigration,' Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion, adding that 'Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the state may not pursue policies that undermined federal law.' " 06-12

    • Court Sides Partly With Federal Government on Arizona Immigration Laws (CNN News)
        "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled largely in favor of the federal government Monday in a case involving Arizona's immigration law, but it upheld the most controversial provision involving police checks on people's immigration status while enforcing other laws."

        " 'The national government has significant power to regulate immigration,' Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion, adding that 'Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the state may not pursue policies that undermined federal law.' " 06-12

    • Editorial: Arizona Law Violating U.S. Treaty (CNN News)
        "That law, SB 1070, requires Arizona law enforcement agents to determine the citizenship status of people they stop if the officer has an undefined 'reasonable suspicion' that the person is not in this country lawfully."

        "The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups filed a lawsuit this week challenging the unconstitutional law. There is little doubt among experts that the new Arizona law will lead to increased racial profiling."

        "Civil libertarians have criticized the law as a violation of basic constitutional rights because it transforms Arizona's Latino community and other people of color -- who may be presumed by law enforcement officers to be in the country 'unlawfully' -- into potential criminal suspects." 05-10

    • Editorial: Bush's Immigration Proposal Divides Conservatives (Bloomberg.com)
        "Why the divergence and vehemence of opinion? The answer, analysts say, is the issue has become a test for a conservative movement unsure of its identity at a time when its leaders have presided over an era of exploding deficits and expanding government."

        "Jeff Bell, an anti-abortion activist and former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, said the divide in the conservative movement reflects 'two different impulses at work: one that sees America as fundamentally a nation of immigrants, and one that fears outside forces are eroding our values.' " 05-06

    • Farmers Blame Losses on Immigration Laws (Time.com)
        "The Broetjes and an increasing number of farmers across the country say that a complex web of local and state anti-immigration laws account for acute labor shortages. With the harvest season in full bloom, stringent immigration laws have forced waves of undocumented immigrants to flee certain states for more-hospitable areas. In their wake, thousands of acres of crops have been left to rot in the fields, as farmers have struggled to compensate for labor shortages with domestic help."

        “ 'The enforcement of immigration policy has devastated the skilled-labor source that we’ve depended on for 20 or 30 years,' said Ralph Broetje during a recent teleconference organized by the National Immigration Forum, adding that last year Washington farmers — part of an $8 billion agriculture industry — were forced to leave 10% of their crops rotting on vines and trees. 'It’s getting worse each year,' says Broetje, 'and it’s going to end up putting some growers out of business if Congress doesn’t step up and do immigration reform.' ""Roughly 70% of the 1.2 million people employed by the agriculture industry are undocumented. No U.S. industry is more dependent on undocumented immigrants. But acute labor shortages brought on by anti-immigration measures threaten to heap record losses on an industry emerging from years of stiff foreign competition. Nationwide, labor shortages will result in losses of up to $9 billion, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation." 01-13

    • Illegal Immigrant Family Outed to Mrs. Obama (ABC News)
        "When a Maryland second-grader told Michelle Obama in May that her mom 'doesn't have papers,' little did she know the entire world could be watching – including authorities with the power to send her parents back to Mexico." 08-10

    • Immersion or Bilingual Education? (Triangle Business Journal)
        "Of those [72 valid research] studies, 83 percent comparing bilingual education to immersion found that kids learned to read better through immersion. Not a single study found the reverse."

    • Immigration Requirements (ForeignImmigration.com)
        Provides information on immigration, such as to the United States. 7-05

    • Immigration and Spirituality (MSNBC News)
        Newsweek interviewed Alex Avila, "the senior producer of LatinoUSA, a nationally syndicated English language radio program produced in Austin, Texas, and distributed by National Public Radio."

        "The legislation brought a sense of urgency in the immigrant community and the students have been waiting for something like this to energize them. And since the Senate didn’t do anything last week, I think there's a sense of urgency still. I don't expect these marches to disappear in the next week. It's Holy week [for Catholics] this week, so they expect to have it off, and I think they'll tie the spiritual and the political." 04-06

    • Immigration and the 14th Amendment of the Constitution (Time.com)
        "According to the Pew report, 340,000 babies were born in the U.S. in 2008 to at least one undocumented parent. And of all the children of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., about 80% were born here - the rest were born abroad."

        "These are significant numbers and they seem to add an arrow to the quiver of those in Congress and elsewhere now suggesting the 14th Amendment of the Constitution should be changed so that anyone born in the U.S. does not automatically become a citizen."

        "But before rushing into that debate, Pew figures in hand, there are a few glaring questions unanswered by this new data set. For starters, how long were these illegal immigrant mothers in the U.S. before their children were born? The report itself does not answer this crucial question, so I called Jeff Passel, co-author of the report. He told me that based on the years that the report's underlying data was produced, he knows that 'well over 80%' of the 340,000 births cited in the report happened to women who had been in the U.S. more than one year. That blows a giant hole in the notion that mothers are crossing the U.S.-Mexican border just in time to give birth in American hospitals." 08-10

    • Judge Blocks Controversial Sections of Immigration Law (New York Times)
        "A federal judge, ruling on a clash between the federal government and a state over immigration policy, has blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law from going into effect." 07-10

    • Office of Citizenship (CBS News)
        "The Office of Citizenship is mandated by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to promote instruction and training on citizenship rights and responsibilities and to provide immigrants with information and tools necessary to successfully integrate into American civic culture." 04-06

    • Poll: Citizens Overwhelmingly Believe U.S. Not Doing Enough on Illegals (ABC News)
        "The public overwhelmingly says the United States is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants out of the country."

        "The intensity of this view, moreover, runs high — a majority of Americans, 56 percent, feel 'strongly' that the U.S. isn't doing enough to prevent illegals from gaining entry to this country." 04-06

    • Ronstadt and Tancredo Debate New Arizona Immigration Law (CNN News)
        "Singer Linda Ronstadt and former Congressman Tom Tancredo debate the legality of Arizona's immigration law." 04-10

    • Schwarzenegger Supports Citizen Patrols (CBS News)
        "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who outraged some Mexican-American groups last week by calling for a closed border, praised the civilian volunteer Minuteman Project for its patrols to spot illegal immigrants."

        "The Republican governor accused the federal government of failing to control the border and said it encouraged illicit crossers by giving them access to water."

        "President Bush has denounced the volunteers as vigilantes."

        "Nativo V. Lopez, president of the Mexican-American Political Association, called Schwarzenegger's comments Thursday 'nothing short of base racism.' "

    • States Preempt Federal Government on Immigration (Christian Science Monitor)
        "Frustrated by federal inaction, state and local governments are passing laws at a record pace." 06-07

    • Study: Immigrants Are a Small Percent of Prison Population (Time.com)
        "Despite our melting-pot roots, Americans have often been quick to blame the influx of immigrants for rising crime rates. But new research released Monday shows that immigrants in California are, in fact, far less likely than U.S.-born Californians are to commit crime. While people born abroad make up about 35% of California's adult population, they account for only about 17% of the adult prison population, the report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) showed. Indeed, among men ages 18 to 40 — the demographic most likely to be imprisoned — those born in the U.S. were 10 times more likely than foreign-born men to be incarcerated." 02-08

    • The Blame for Illegal Immigration (Fox News)
        "Tim Bueler, spokesman for the Minuteman Project, said the Mexican government is complicit in illegal immigration by offering Matricula Consular cards, IDs given to illegals that are accepted by financial institutions as proof of identification and allow illegal immigrants access to U.S. financial services."

        "Hair said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants would end the $50 billion annually in remittances by illegals in the United States to families at home, and that would also require countries to get serious about their own economies." 06-06

    • The Canteen Man of the US - Mexico Border (Christian Science Monitor)
        "Hoover founded Humane Borders, an interfaith group based in Tucson that set up the network of watering stations in the spring of 2000, to stem the rising number of deaths in the desert. Already that year, some 20 people had perished. One incident hit him particularly hard: A young mother who had given her last water to her infant. The child survived. She didn't." 01-07

Projects
  1. Sample Citizenship Test for Immigrants (MSNBC News)
      "In late 2008 a new version of the U.S. citizenship test was introduced by immigration authorities. Could you pass it? The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 samples that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview. Some are easy, some are not. We have picked some of the more difficult ones." 05-10

   
   


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