Humanist Charity Raising Funds for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children's Legal Aid

Gordon Hyde
The nation's largest humanist charity is raising funds to offer legal assistance to the unaccompanied immigrant children flooding over the border.

The Humanist Crisis Response program will donate the funds to two organizations that provide attorneys for minors in immigration hearings -- the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, and Kids in Need of Defense, which operates in California and Texas.

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The U.S. Tries to Deport Not Protect Children Fleeing Violence in Central America

Andrew Pielage
Darlin Adonay Peña fled a hard life in Honduras and got a second chance in the United States.
Darlin Adonay Peña has a headache.

On a Wednesday afternoon in May, he takes a break from his job flipping burgers at a McDonald's on Central Avenue in Phoenix to sit down and talk, sipping a frozen caramel coffee drink and rubbing his almond eyes.

A brown rosary peeks from beneath his shiny black uniform. He's shaved both sides of his head, taming a few meticulous black curls atop with gel.

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Phoenix Leaders' Reaction to President Obama's Immigration Reform Speech


Mary Rose Wilcox, a candidate seeking election in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, says she is "dismayed to hear that President Obama still has no concrete plan to pass comprehensive immigration reform and stop the devastating deportation policy that breaks up families and breaks our hearts."

Her statement comes after President Barack Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden and talked about a "new effort" to tackle immigration reform -- which the Feathered Bastard pointed out, includes speeding up the deportation of children.

Wilcox says Obama's speech fell short, and that, instead, "he needs to take immediate action to stop deportations."

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Poll: 41 Percent of Americans Want Decreased Immigration


A plurality of Americans, 41 percent, think the levels of immigration should decrease, according to a Gallup poll.

According to the poll, 33 percent say immigration should stay at its current level, and 22 percent say it should increase.

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Obama Administration to Parents of Undocumented Kids: No "Permisos"

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Undocumented children in government lockup watch a World Cup game on TV.
The Obama Administration sent out a warning in Spanish-language news media over the weekend that undocumented children entering the country would receive no "permisos."

In the open letter to parents in other countries, Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, describes the horrors that some unaccompanied minors risk while traveling, and cautions that the children will be placed in deportation proceedings.

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Undocumented Immigrants in the Military? One Who Lived in Phoenix Received Medal of Honor

D. Myles Cullen

House Republicans in Washington have blocked a vote on a bill that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to serve in the military, and the Pentagon is reportedly considering doing that without congressional approval.

The idea's apparently not agreeable to everyone, but at least one undocumented immigrant has served in the military before, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Cesar Chavez's Rabid Opposition to Illegal Immigration Not Covered in New Movie

Cesar Chavez
Moviegoers who see "Cesar Chavez" when it opens today can expect a feel-good flick that portrays the Yuma-born legend as almost saintly.

The movie doesn't enlighten viewers about Chavez's intense opposition to "illegals" and "wets," as he called undocumented immigrants.

You may have heard that Chavez preached against illegal immigration, but "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez" by Miriam Pawel, a new book released in timely fashion this month by Bloomsbury Press, has the iconic Hispanic hero sounding at times like a typical nativist bigot and acting like a right-wing militia member.

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Ninth Circuit Court to Review Arizona Law Denying Bail to Undocumented Immigrants

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered a full-court "en banc" hearing of Arizona's voter-approved law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants accused of serious crimes.

Since the challenge to the 2006 law appeared settled after a Ninth Circuit 2-1 ruling in June, the new order is a good start to the new year for the plaintiffs of the lawsuit -- and likely trouble for the law.

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Illegal Immigration May Be on the Rise Again

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Although the estimated number of unauthorized immigrants into the United States dropped off after 2007, researchers think that number may be on the rise again.

After estimating a peak of 12.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the country in 2007, the Pew Research Center estimated that number dropped to 11.3 million by 2009, and now estimates 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants are in the country.

The problem is, it's unclear if that's actually a rise in unauthorized immigrants, since it falls within the large margin of error.

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Galdino Sierra, Illegal Refugee and Sex Offender, Gets 37 Months for Returning to USA

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Galindo Sierra
Galdino Sierra, a California sex offender whose family was gunned down in Mexico by rival factions of his Indian tribe, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for returning illegally to the United States.

Tucson lawyer Roger Sigal says that Sierra, 26, a Chatino from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, may still be eligible for refugee status and allowed to stay in the country after he serves his sentence.

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