ThinkProgress: The Most Heartbreaking Place In America Is Called ‘Friendship Park’

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014

This is the first in a series of pieces from ThinkProgress chronicling the struggles of immigrant...

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Critics Say Executive Action on Immigration Would Be Unprecedented. They Forget Their History.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014

Presidents have almost always acted first to permit immigration or prevent deportation—with...

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‘You Are America’ | Quien es Elegible

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014

Usted puede ser elegible para la ciudadanía si cumple con TODOS los siguientes criterios:  ...

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Renovacion de DACA para DREAMers

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014

El Dreamer Assistance Network continua promoviendo DACA con asistencia gratuita para aplicar. Los...

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Mother Jones: 3 Ways Obama’s Immigration Executive Action Changes Everything (and One Way It Doesn’t)

The details of President Barack Obama’s much-rumored, much-debated executive action on immigration have been leaked to the press, and the broad outline, according to Fox News and the New York Times, includes deportation relief for upwards of 5 million people.

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Critics Say Executive Action on Immigration Would Be Unprecedented. They Forget Their History.

Presidents have almost always acted first to permit immigration or prevent deportation—with Congress ratifying those actions later on.

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President Obama speaks about immigration reform in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 24, 2013. At the time, the president renewed his call for Congress to pass sweeping immigration reform.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Image)

By Charles Kamasaki

The president’s announcement that he would soon take executive action to “to do what he could” to fix a broken immigration system in the absence of legislation has prompted critics to assert that this would be unprecedented unless first authorized by Congress. In fact, the record demonstrates the opposite. For at least the last 70 years, presidents have routinely acted first to permit the entry of people outside normal channels or to protect large numbers of people from deportation, with legislation ratifying the executive action coming later.

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On 20th anniversary of Operation Gatekeeper, San Diego coalition speaks out against its failed enforcement legacy

PRESS RELEASE
October/1/2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ricardo Favela, (760) 659-3620, ricardo@alliancesd.org

San Diego, CA: On October 1, 1994, the federal government implemented Operation Gatekeeper along the California border with Mexico, as part of a larger border enforcement strategy. Gatekeeper had the intention of pushing the migrant flow away from urban areas and into less visible, but inhospitable and harsh terrain.

Today, on its 20th anniversary, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of more than twenty San Diego-based organizations working to support immigrant rights in the County, calls on the federal government to shift away from failed enforcement strategies that exacerbate border deaths and instead prioritize its resources for life-saving measures that will prevent the loss of life along the borderlands.

Migrants attempting to enter the United States continue to make treacherous journeys crossing through mountainous and desert landscapes, where they succumb to extreme temperatures in great numbers.

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