The federal government filed suit on August 30 against the State of Arizona because of alleged discrimination by Maricopa County Community Colleges requiring that non-citizen job applicants fill out documents to prove that they were eligible to work in the country. About 250 non-citizens were affected by the college hiring requirement.
The flow of unauthorized immigrants is down sharply, according to a September 1 report by Pew Hispanic Center. The 8 percent reduction from 12 million to 11.1 million illegals currently living in the U.S. marks the first significant reversal in this population in two decades. The number is nearly two-thirds smaller in the period from March 2007 to March 2009 than from March 2000 to March 2005.
A recent article published at Politico.com asked, “What makes an American?” That question and the implications arising from the many answers being proffered to it have attracted the attention of pundits and politicians since the passage earlier in the year of S.B. 1070 by the Arizona legislature.
Controversy surrounds the recent arrest of an illegal immigrant in Gwinnett County Georgia, part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. On August 23, MyFoxAtlanta reported that authorities have no plans to deport illegal immigrant Celso Campo-Duartes, who was convicted in a deadly hit-and-run accident and arrested for multiple traffic violations.
Left-wing activists are upset that the U.S. Government is deporting too many illegal immigrants who don’t have “serious” criminal records, the Miami Herald reports. “Few deported aliens have serious criminal records, activists say,” ran the headline in the paper. Question is, what do the activists and the Herald consider a “few”? The number apparently hovers at about 40,000.
On August 12, Devin Dwyer of ABC News wrote that eight percent of U.S. births are to illegal immigrants, each child becoming a U.S. citizen at birth, by virtue of our federal government's application of the 14th Amendment, while one or both of the parents remains undocumented. He referenced a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, one of seven projects of the Pew Research Center, a Washington-based think tank that provides information on trends and issues shaping the U.S. and the world.
Even after a federal judge removed the teeth of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070, hundreds of demonstrators in Arizona in protested the law on Thursday, July 29, the day the law went into effect. Thirty-two of the protestors were detained while 50 were arrested.
Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia says The Old Dominion lawmen have powers envisioned in Arizona's new immigration law, which U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton recently pruned of its most important codicil. Acting on a legal challenge from the Obama administration, Bolton struck down a provision that permitted a police officer to check the immigration status of anyone he contacts lawfully if he suspects the person is an illegal alien.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith were thrilled when they purchased their new home in a very desirable neighborhood in an equally desirable state. Their subdivision was gated and governed by a homeowners’ association charter that promised peaceful enjoyment of their property for as long as they lived there. The couple could not have been happier, and for years they faithfully and joyfully paid dues to the association that guaranteed their continuing serenity and security.
Fifty-seven percent of the 25,000 legal residents of Fremont, Nebraska, voted on June 21 to approve an ordinance aimed at identifying and eliminating the hiring of illegal aliens by local businesses and the renting of apartments to those living in the town without the proper immigration documents.