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  1. Immigration Humor: Proposed Legislation Offers Citizenship To New Group

    by , 07-26-2013 at 11:34 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    From the brilliant folks at The Onion.

    Updated 07-26-2013 at 01:09 PM by GSiskind

  2. Update: Women of #DREAM9 on Hunger Strike over Access to Telephones

    by , 07-26-2013 at 08:58 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    All five women in the #DREAM9 are on a hunger strike over the restriction of telephone service at the Eloy Detention Center. They report they receive a messages that their calls to friends and advocates are restricted.

    From the Huffington Post:

    “The facility is preventing them from making phone calls,” Mohammad Abdolahi, an organizer with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, said on a conference call with reporters. “As soon as they begin speaking and start telling us what’s happening, the call just drops.”

    I'll keep you posted as the story develops.

  3. Update on the Dreamers Who Crossed the Border in Nogales and Week of Action

    by , 07-26-2013 at 07:51 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    This latest update is from

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Update on the Dreamers Who Crossed the Border in Nogales and Week of Action
    Events nationwide to #BringThemHome

    NATIONAL—This is an update from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance on the status of the Dreamers who were detained yesterday at the Nogales Port of Entry:

    The Dreamers are currently in detention at Eloy Detention Center, where they have remained since yesterday. There is also a vigil for the Dream 9 tonight at 830P (local time) outside Eloy. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance has organized a week of action, with events occurring nationwide.

    You can access a map with the events, past and future here:

    If you need assistance contacting the organizers of a local event, check the Facebook page listed or email

    We are urging our supporters to call their representatives and ask them to support the Dreamers trying to come home. We have also launched a petition asking the Obama Administration to allow them to home home:

    The ICE Principal Legal Advisor peter Vincent can be reached for comment at 202.732.5000.
  4. Another House Republican Leader Condemns Steve King's Attack on Immigrants

    Another House Republican Leader Condemns Steve King's Attack on Immigrants
    by Roger Algase

    In the wake of criticism by other influential House Republicans of Representative Steve King's (R-Iowa) latest racist anti-immigrant remark, in which he accused DREAMER's of being "drug mules" (see my July 25 post), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has also weighed in against King.

    POLITICO (July 25) reports that Goodlatte, in an interview with Telemundo, condemned King's comment as "inappropriate", "not helpful" and "not accurate". See: Bob Goodlatte on Steve King: 'Not helpful'

    However, the same article also quotes Goodlatte as continuing to insists that "border security" and "interior enforcement" would have to come first before a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants could even be considered, and that he does not support a "special" pathway to citizenship in any event.

    In other words, Goodlatte is still fixated on the same old "enforcement-first", or "enforcement-only", policy that Republicans have been pushing for during the last decade, if not the last two decades. This way, there will never be reform, because the Republicans will never agree that the enforcement measures are working, even if the US were to turn into another North Korea.

    While ostensibly condemning Steve King's hate speech, House Republican leaders are still making every effort to accomplish King's goal of making sure that there will be no immigration reform. Whether House Republicans attack immigrants directly with racial slurs, as King is doing, or whether they go through an elaborate charade of pretending to support reform while insisting on impossible conditions and offering only poison pills, their purpose is the same. In the words of right wing pundits Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry, the House Republicans' only goal is to put a stake through the heart of immigration reform.

    Updated 07-27-2013 at 03:59 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs (Correcting Mistake)

  5. Boehner Whines About King After King Stands By Drug Mule Comments

    by , 07-25-2013 at 03:58 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Steve King has TRIPLED down on his original comment to Newsmax that for every valedictorian DREAMer there are 100 smuggling drugs in from Mexico. The remark was widely condemned by GOP leaders, but Steve King, the Republican Congressman from Iowa who serves on the House Immigration Committee, stuck by his earlier remarks first in a radio interview in Iowa and then again on the House floor today.

    Speaker Boehner issued a second denunciation of the remarks today:

    I want to be clear, there's no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials,” said Boehner, who first excoriated King’s language in a statement Tuesday night. “Earlier this week Rep. Steve King made comments that I think are deeply offensive and wrong. What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.”

    But Boehner is apparently either too weak or simply disinclined to do anything further about it. The Speaker has the power to remove King from the Immigration Subcommittee, for example. Several House members who openly rebelled against Boehner's leadership bid lost committee assignments so the power is there. But Boehner so fears the Tea Party wing of the party that he's likely going to do nothing which will certainly encourage King to keep making the outrageous comments.
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