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Sen. Durbin: ‘Gang of Eight’ found balance on immigration

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators formally rolled out a sweeping immigration overhaul today. The gang of eight’s bill would establish a pathway to citizenship…  …

Israel deports seven ‘flytilla’ activists

JERUSALEM — Israel on Tuesday expelled seven foreign pro-Palestinian activists detained after flying into Israel for protests at the weekend, leaving five still in custody, an official said. “There are three British people, an Irishman and a German,” immigration service spokeswoman Sabine Hadad told AFP. She was unable to say…

Obama chases history in Puerto Rico

MIAMI (AFP) – President Barack Obama heads to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with votes on his mind, despite the fact that the Caribbean island’s 3.8 million US citizens cannot cast ballots in general elections. Obama’s trip, the first official visit by a sitting US president since John F. Kennedy’s fondly…

ACLU challenges Georgia ‘show me your papers’ law

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and other rights groups are challenging in federal court Georgia’s law to crack down on illegal immigrants. The law, allegedly inspired by a controversial Arizona law, authorizes police to check the immigration status of criminal suspects they think may be in the country…

Supreme Court upholds employer sanctions in Arizona immigration law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an Arizona law punishing businesses that hire undocumented workers is constiutional. In their 5-3 ruling, the court rejected the notion that states have no role in immigration matters. The decision comes as this high court is prepared to hear arguments on an even…

WATCH LIVE: Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his immigration reform initiative in El Paso, Texas. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

UK conducted ‘virginity tests’ on immigrants

Recently uncovered United Kingdom Home Office documents show that the British government hid how often it subjected female immigrants hoping to enter the country to “virginity tests.” The documents, discovered by Australian legal academics Dr. Marinella Marmo and Dr. Evan Smith, suggest that at least 80 south Asian women underwent…

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to petition Supreme Court on immigration law stay

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer said on Monday she would seek an “immediate petition” with the Supreme Court to lift an injunction blocking key parts of the state’s controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants. Brewer signed the law in April 2010 requiring police to check the immigration status…

Immigration judge halts deportation of partner in same sex marriage

A Venezuelan native who is legally married to an American man had his deportation put on hold by a federal immigration judge Friday. Henry Valandia will be allowed to stay in the U.S. while he waits to appear in court again on Dec. 16. Valandia married Josh Vandiver in Connecticut…

May Day protesters call for reform, voice frustration

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Demonstrators rallied at May Day events across the nation on Sunday, calling for reform on a host of issues and voicing frustration with President Barack Obama. May Day events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin were considerably smaller than in past years, as some of the hope for…

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