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Task force on new Americans highlights importance of immigrant media

(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

Elena Shore | New America Media

When President Obama announced his executive actions on Nov. 20, the two most controversial programs got the most attention. The expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the launch of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which would temporarily protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, were blocked from going into effect by a federal judge, a decision that is now being appealed.

Drownings spike along Rio Grande amid border crackdown

The Rio Grande is the natural frontier that separates the United States from Mexico. (Chacatorex)

The Rio Grande is the natural frontier that separates the United States from Mexico. (Chacatorex)

16 migrants dead in 6 months near Texas-Mexico border

Sabrina Martín | Pan Am Post

US Border Patrol has reported that the number of drownings in the Rio Grande — which separates Texas and four Mexican states — has grown dramatically in the last six months, as increased patrols force Mexican and Central American migrants to resort to dangerous methods to cross the border.

Raul L. Ortiz, deputy chief of Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas, told Associated Press that migrants were attempting to cross at new points in the river, leading to a spike in deaths in the river since October 2014.

Political developments chill immigration reform

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In new signs that prospects for immigration reform legislation are all but dead for now, developments in both state and national arenas have pushed a solution to the issue farther down the political tracks.

For starters, Texas Republicans readopted a tough stance at the party’s convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Drawing more than 7,000 delegates, the Lone Star GOP convention voted to remove a 2012 position statement known as the “Texas Solution” which backed a guest worker system for undocumented people. 

Both sides of immigration debate criticize latest removal numbers

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Both sides of the immigration debate were quick to criticize the latest removal numbers released Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that reveal the agency deported 368,644 people in fiscal year 2013.

Advocates are not happy with the numbers, saying undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or community

A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

A sign on a street corner in Washington, DC, in April 2013. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lobo via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

safety continue to be deported and separated from their families. At the same time, immigration hardliners are criticizing the Obama administration for deporting about 41,200 fewer people than last fiscal year when a total of 409,849 people were deported.

The number of removals this year brings the total number of people who’ve been deported during the five years that President Barack Obama has been in office to nearly 2 million. The number of deportations during the eight years of George W. Bush presidency reached 2 million.

Undocumented mother sees power in telling her story

Griselda Nevarez | Voxxi

Ingrid Vaca is out to tell her story of what it’s like to be an undocumented mother living in the United States, because she believes it is the best way to build support for immigration reform.

“We need to put our voices out there so that people can hear us and see that we’re not all bad people,” Vaca told VOXXI. “We are hardworking people, and we have children who’ve grown up here and are contributing a lot to our society.”

Democrats, faith groups make last push for immigration reform this year

Immigration reform supporters give their blessing Tuesday to people who are fasting in tents on the National Mall near the Capitol. Five volunteers have committed to fasting for an immigration reform bill that includes to citizenship. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

Immigration reform supporters give their blessing Tuesday to people who are fasting in tents on the National Mall near the Capitol. Five volunteers have committed to fasting for an immigration reform bill that includes to citizenship. (SHFWire photo by Andrés Rodríguez)

There’s still time, reform proponents say

Andres Rodriguez | Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress, along with faith and labor groups, are making one last push to pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of the year, despite warnings that the House leadership has no plans to cooperate.

NMSU to be host to immigration discussion

New Mexico State University

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

(Photo courtesy of New America Media)

New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a community dialogue on immigration at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

Obama turns to CEOs to ‘amplify’ push for immigration reform

Activists for immigration reform demonstrate in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Annette Bernhardt via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

Activists for immigration reform demonstrate in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Annette Bernhardt via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

 | Voxxi

With a few working days left in this legislative session, President Obama is turning to business leaders, many of whom have allied with Republicans in the past, to press the GOP-controlled House to act on immigration reform.

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