Deportation Halted for Some Students as Lawmakers Seek New Policy

The about-face by ICE in Ms. Zanella’s case is an example of the kind of action Democratic lawmakers and Latino and immigrant groups have been demanding from the Obama administration to slow deportations of illegal immigrants who have not been convicted of crimes. In particular, pressure is increasing on President Obama to offer protection from deportation to illegal immigrant college students who might have been eligible for legal status under a bill in Congress known as the Dream Act.

Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review – NYTimes.com

The about-face by ICE in Ms. Zanella’s case is an example of the kind of action Democratic lawmakers and Latino and immigrant groups have been demanding from the Obama administration to slow deportations of illegal immigrants who have not been convicted of crimes. In particular, pressure is increasing on President Obama to offer protection from deportation to illegal immigrant college students who might have been eligible for legal status under a bill in Congress known as the Dream Act.

Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review – NYTimes.com

Indiana immigration bill moves on

In a 6 to 5 vote along party lines, the House Public Policy Committee approved Senate Bill 590, which now moves to the full Indiana House for consideration next week. The bill no longer includes a provision that would allow state and local police to question anyone they suspect is in the United States illegally. That section was similar to a law passed in Arizona last summer. The Arizonan measure has been blocked from implementation by a federal judge.

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In a 6 to 5 vote along party lines, the House Public Policy Committee approved Senate Bill 590, which now moves to the full Indiana House for consideration next week. The bill no longer includes a provision that would allow state and local police to question anyone they suspect is in the United States illegally. That section was similar to a law passed in Arizona last summer. The Arizonan measure has been blocked from implementation by a federal judge.

Weakened Indiana immigration bill moves on | WBEZ

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Immigration bill faces shift

Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday that he expects a bill cracking down on illegal immigration to be moderated to focus more on employers and less on law enforcement.

Senate Bill 590, as passed by the Senate earlier this session, would have made Indiana the second state in the nation after Arizona to put immigration enforcement in the hands of local law enforcement. But opposition has stiffened, and with Daniels now speaking out against it, the proposal likely is to undergo major surgery in a House committee Thursday.

Immigration bill faces shift | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

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Misconceptions about immigrants in the U.S

Myth: Immigrants take jobs away from Americans.
Fact: Nothing could be further from the truth. Studies have shown that quite the opposite is true: Immigrants create jobs. Specifically various recent studies have shown that: Immigrants are more likely to be self-employed and start new businesses. Small businesses, 18 percent of which are started by immigrants, account for up to 80 percent of the new jobs available in the United States each year. Slightly more than 10 percent of the U.S. industrial workforce, or roughly 2.2 million Americans, are employed by foreign companies doing business in the United States. Additionally, the top 105 multinational corporations doing business here have U.S. affiliates that are so large they would qualify for the Fortune 500 list solely on the basis of their stateside operations.

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Sen. Durbin Is Set To Revive DREAM Act Fight in This Congress

The DREAM Act is coming back. After a bruising, nearly triumphant fight through Congress at the end of last year, Sen. Dick Durbin is preparing to reintroduce the bill this session, his office confirmed last week. The legislation seeks to create a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who grew up in the United States; it surged ahead on the congressional agenda last session as key Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, courted Latino voters in a hard-fought electoral cycle.

Sen. Durbin Is Set To Revive DREAM Act Fight in This Congress – COLORLINES

Latino Leadership Conference brings up immigration law concerns

Web/latino_web.jpgStudents from different universities across the state at the Latino Leaders Conference Saturday sat down to talk about their concerns with SB 590, a current immigration bill in the Indiana legislature that would require police officers to enforce federal immigration law, similar to the Arizona law.

Latino Leadership Conference brings up immigration law concerns – The Ball State Daily News – News

Indiana Town: From Racist Past to Primary Present

Both Democratic presidential contenders are in Indiana today. Polls show a tight contest there between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama less than a week before the primary.

In a moment we’ll hear how Barack Obama is managing the controversy over his former pastor. First though, to Indiana where the candidates are even looking for votes in rural Republican strongholds. On Sunday night Bill Clinton visited Martinsville, a town with a long record of electing Republicans and a troubled racial past.

Now, this week our co-host Michele Norris traveled to Martinsville too. She wanted to gauge how voters there view the historic presidential match-up between a woman and an African-American man.