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Threat of arrest does not deter illegal immigration, but perceived legitimacy does

The perceived legitimacy of U.S. law effects immigrants’ decision to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally more than fear of arrest and punishment, according to new research published in the August issue of American Sociological Review. Unsurprisingly, the study found that people entered the United States illegally in search of better…

Watch live: House Judiciary hearing on immigration reform

The House Judiciary Committee hears testimony on the opportunities for legal immigration and enforcement of laws against illegal immigration. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 5. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Voter photo ID, E-Verify laws to take effect in new year

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) – Laws that require voters to present photo identification at the polls, recognize same-sex civil unions and aim to restrict illegal immigration are among the state measures taking effect on New Year’s Day. Measures passed in 2011, which numbered nearly 40,000 across the country, often reflected…

U.S. border chief resigns

NEW YORK — The head of the US Customs and Border Protection service announced Thursday he is to resign at the end of this year. Alan Bersin, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in March last year, said he would step down on December 30. His departure comes after…

Arizona senators concerned over Arpaio sex crime probes

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s two U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern over media reports accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his crackdown on illegal immigration, of giving short shrift to hundreds of sex-crime investigations. In a joint statement, Republican Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl said the…

U.S. builds sea fence to stop Mexican immigrant wave

LOS ANGELES — The United States is building a barrier stretching 300 feet (90 meters) out into the Pacific to bar illegal immigrants from using a low-tide route to flood into southern California from Mexico. The $4.3 million project will replace a dilapidated border fence with an 18-foot (nearly six-meter)…

Arizona governor says immigration leads to beheadings

“Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded,” she says Arizona’s Republican governor is trumpeting her anti-immigration credentials as part of her re-election campaign –and her latest remarks about decapitation are sure to cause a firestorm. Gov.…

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