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The Devastating Results of Immigrant Detention and Deportation Practices in NYC

U.S. immigration authorities have been using the city’s criminal justice system to funnel tens of thousands of immigrants into deportation, where 91 percent of those detained lost their cases.

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2011 – A Year of Activism for the DREAM Act and Undocumented Immigrant Youth

Undocumented youth activists stepped up their game in 2011, organizing civil disobedience actions, online video campaigns, and support for state-level DREAM Acts that would aid in tuition-relief.

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Criminal Alien Program Likely To Be Limited at New York City Jails

A City Council bill would prevent undocumented immigrants who are not defendants in criminal cases from being turned over to federal immigration officials after their release from jail.

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Is Massachusetts Turning Red on Immigration?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in a traditionally progressive state has proposed a law to penalize undocumented immigrants in a variety of ways.

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Podcast: How 9/11 Transformed the Lives of Immigrants

In this episode of the Feet in Two Worlds podcast three immigrant journalists from New York discuss the changes they have witnessed over the past decade since the 9/11 attacks, including the impact of new security laws and policies, the stalemate over immigration reform and the stagnant economy.

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Bill Limits Reach of Federal Immigration Authorities in City Jails

A new bill that would limit the cooperation between local jails and federal immigration enforcement was introduced in the New York City Council on Wednesday. A story from our partner, WNYC.

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Obama or Perry (or Romney) – Does it Make a Difference to Immigrants?

Columnist Erwin de Leon says voters in next year’s presidential election will have a choice between GOP candidates who favor enforcement-only immigration policies and a president who says the right words but has yet to deliver on immigration reform.

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Despite State Concerns, U.S. Presses Ahead with Secure Communities

DHS says existing agreements with states to operate the immigration enforcement program are no longer needed. States have no choice but to share their fingerprint databases with the federal authorities.

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Podcast: The Story Behind NY’s Suspension of Secure Communities

What led Governor Andrew Cuomo to pull NY out of the controversial immigration enforcement program? What does New York’s decision mean for the Obama administration’s immigration policies?

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Immigrant Advocates Hail Cuomo for Suspending Secure Communities in New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the federal program intended to deport serious criminals is not meeting its goal, and is undermining law enforcement in the state.