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Obama vows to push again on immigration

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Thursday called for an end to the false debates and heated politics blocking a push for immigration reform, an issue with deep implications for the 2012 elections. Obama met activists and influential Hispanic personalities at the White House, including screen stars Eva Longoria and…

‘Disappointed’ supporters greet Obama in California

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hundreds of protesters, mostly Hispanics demanding immigration reform, gathered to vent their disappointment with US President Barack Obama as he visited California. Many of the activists said they were Obama supporters but felt let down by the slow pace of the change he promised in his…

Brooklyn man opens UFO sighting hotline

Immigration has long been a national concern, but the immigrants Joe Capp is concerned about aren’t coming from another continent — they’re coming from space. While some worry about so-called illegal aliens, Capp worries about aliens. Capp, a 68-year-old Brooklynite, started a 24-hour UFO sighting hotline in February, he told…

Jurors vote to acquit alleged Cuban terrorist

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas jury on Friday acquitted an 83-year-old anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative, considered an archfoe by Havana, of charges he lied to U.S. authorities about his role in bomb attacks against tourist areas in Cuba in 1997. Attorneys said the federal jury deliberated for…

Senators urge gov’t to accept green card applications from same sex couples

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is calling on the Obama administration to stop denying green card applications submitted by same sex bi-national couples. The Massachusetts senator and 11 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter (.pdf) to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Wednesday asking them to hold…

Exclusive: Same sex marriage prevents Argentinian woman’s deportation

A New York woman who immigrated from Argentina scored a court victory Tuesday with her wife in their efforts to halt deportation proceedings against her. Government lawyers have agreed not to deport Monica Alcota, a citizen of Argentina, while her wife, Cristina Ojeda, proceeds with a green card petition on…

Bribe-taking federal attorney jailed for 18 years

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal attorney who took nearly $500,000 in bribes from immigrants seeking to remain in the United States has been jailed for almost 18 years, authorities said on Monday. United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr sentenced Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine…

GOP Gov. Barbour lobbied for Mexico on ‘amnesty’ program: report

WASHINGTON – Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), a rumored 2012 presidential contender, lobbied on behalf of Mexico last decade for a program that would have assisted unauthorized immigrants with gaining permanent residency. That’s according to a report in TIME’s Swampland blog by Michael Scherer, who obtained State Department filings revealing that…

Graham, Schumer reignite immigration reform

WASHINGTON – Key senators from both major parties have initiated new discussions on broad immigration reform, after Democrats attempted to take up the explosively controversial issue last year only to see it fail. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the point persons on immigration for their respective parties,…

US judge orders Ukrainian deported for Nazi ties

WASHINGTON – A US immigration judge has ordered a Ukrainian-born man be deported from the United States because he participated in Nazi-led persecution of Jews in Europe during World War Two, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday. John Kalymon, 89, who is living in Troy, Michigan, was stripped of…

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