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Man who lost legs to drug cartel biking 670 miles for asylum

“It’s a challenge and challenges are meant to be overcome,” a man named Carlos said in an interview just before beginning an extraordinary campaign to end what he believes is a discriminatory policy by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that considers victims of violence by Mexican drug cartels low-priority applicants for asylum.

Immigrant activists plan 5-day fast, sit-in at lawmaker's office

More than three dozen immigration activists descended upon the office of Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart on Friday in a protest action. Some plan to remain there, and to fast, for five days in an effort to pressure the lawmaker into working harder to get comprehensive immigration reform passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Diaz-Balart has long supported reform and is one of the “Gang of Eight” representatives in the House who worked to create a bipartisan bill that could pass muster. That group has shrunk to five, however, with Diaz-Balart the only Republican still on board.

U.S. citizen repeatedly deported as DHS cited nonexistent law

A 49-year-old man who has been a U.S. citizen since birth tried to four separate times to obtain a certificate of citizenship. He was turned down -- but not legally. Each of those four times, he was deported, however. This was apparently all the result of either anti-immigrant discrimination or complete incompetence on the part of U.S. immigration authorities.

King's remarks bring bias, misinformation into immigration debate

Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has previously referred to unauthorized immigrants as drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes,” has brought a new level of misinformation and immigrant discrimination into our nation’s ongoing debate about comprehensive immigration reform. Sadly, King went so far as to invoke the 9/11 tragedy to spread his anti-immigrant bias.

Civil rights and immigration law have similar connections

Last Wednesday, the nation celebrated the anniversary of a momentous occasion in American history. August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march drew nearly 250,000 people from across the nation, and was highlighted by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

4th Circuit blocks South Carolina immigration discrimination law

Our neighbor to the south continues to have trouble enforcing its 2011 law that made it a crime for immigrants to go about their lives without carrying copies of their visas, green cards or citizenship documents, among other things. A federal trial court enjoined the state from enforcing the discriminatory immigration law in 2011, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has just upheld that injunction.

Forced 'voluntary departure' at center of ACLU lawsuit

"Voluntary departure" sounds, well, voluntary. Ignoring the literal, "voluntary departure" also sounds like something that is mutually agreed upon -- that both the individual departing and the party informing him or her that they must depart understand that the circumstances warrant this action. It seems, for lack of a better term, "fair."

Report finds minors in adult detention centers for over 3 days

Imagine your son or daughter is in their early teens. On a Friday night, while out with friends, your 14-year-old gets into a little trouble -- nothing extremely serious, but certainly something that will require some attention because the police are involved.

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