Immigration in the United States

  • NYTimes Editorial Calls for SSI Extension

    October 10, 2011

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has blocked a bill to extend SSI benefits for elderly and disabled refugees.

  • Study Finds Voter ID Would Affect Millions

    October 04, 2011

    Although Minnesota did not pass the proposed Voter ID bill during the last legislative session, plenty of states have -- and voters will feel the results.

  • Editorial: Comprehensive Reform is Needed

    October 01, 2011

    Immigration policy has turned partisan, to the detriment of progress and to national unity.

  • White House to prioritize removals; DREAMers may benefit

    August 19, 2011

    The Obama administration announced earlier that it will reevaluate 300,000 pending removal cases in order to prioritize those concerning individuals with criminal charges.

  • Obama extends Enforced Departure for Liberians

    August 16, 2011

    Earlier this week President Obama announced an 18-month extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for many Liberians in the U.S. Of the approximately 3,600 individuals who will avoid deportation as a result, about one-third of them live in Minnesota.


  • Economists warn that AL's immigration law could hurt state economy

    July 18, 2011

    Alabama recently passed the nation's most restrictive immigration laws, informed by Arizona's SB 1070 which was passed in limited form last year. Some economists warn that the economic contribution immigrants make to Alabama outweigh the costs to social services and other government programs. A mass exodus of immigrants from Alabama would, in that case, hurt the state's economy in the context of a larger nationwide slowdown. Read the article here.

  • Immigration replaces economy as top Latino issue

    June 23, 2011

    Findings by an independent research firm, Latino Decisions, found that 51% of respondents chose immigration as the most important issue facing Hispanics, while 31% said the economy and job, and 18% said education. To read the full story, click here.

  • VP of Liberia visits Minneapolis to appeal for DED

    June 20, 2011

    Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai visited Minneapolis on June 17 to highlight the expiring Deferred Enforcement Departure for Liberians. If President Obama does not extend DED status for Liberians, then many of whom are living in the United States without Premanent Resident status would be force to be deported back to Liberia. Liberian VP Joseph Boakai stressed that Liberian are welcome back, but because of the vulnerable state the country is currently in after years of war, that the Liberians living in the U.S. should be able to choose whether to go back or not and not by force.

    To read the full story by the tcdailyplanet, click here.

  • Minnesota Senators Klobuchar, Franken, Others Urge Obama to Extend DED for Liberians

    June 08, 2011

    Minnesota Senators Klobuchar, Franken, and others are urging President Obama to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Liberians living in the United States. DED is set to expire on September 30, 2011, and if not extended, would prevent Liberians from applying for permant residence status and be forced back to their war torn country of Liberia. To read the full story and see the actual letter sent to President Obama from supporting Senators, click here.

  • A controversial federal immigration program - Secure communities 101: Here's what you need to know

    May 31, 2011

    Secure communities is a program under the Obama administration that requires local authorities to fingerprint anyone who is booked in jail, and have their fingerprints sent out to federal authorities to check on the immigration status of the individual. It has become a controversial issue as immigration advocates argue that "the federal government does not have the authority to force localities to join them in enforcing federal immigration law."

    To read the full story and to get a better understanding of the Secure communities program, go here.


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