Obama Weighs Broader Move On Legal Immigration -Associated Press After meeting with business leaders and others pushing for action on immigration, President Obama is reportedly contemplating changes beyond relief from deportation for immigrants, and is "considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration."
Immigrant children may get free legal help - San Francisco Chronicle California Attorney General Kamala Harris is seeking pro bono help for Central American migrant children, asking private law firms to provide free legal assistance. From the story: "The idea is to find private sources to help the children in their deportation hearings in Northern California, similar to an effort under way in Southern California."
Nearly 300 women, children deported from immigration detention centers - Los Angeles Times From the story: "As of Wednesday evening, 280 women and children had been deported from the Artesia Family Residential Center in Artesia, N.M. Another 14 had been removed from Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. Most of them have been repatriated to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras."
Central American coffee plague behind recent wave of immigrants to metro New Orleans, elsewhere - New Orleans Times-Picayune On a devastating coffee rust known as "la roya," which reportedly has also fueled recent Central American migration to the U.S. From the story: "News coverage and the public debate explaining their arrival has focused on endemic gang violence. But behind much of the economic strife feeding that violence is the coffee rust...In some communities, la roya's impact is comparable to the economic hit of Louisiana's oil bust in the 1980s and Katrina two decades later, all rolled into one."
Are immigrants with terrorist ties flooding the U.S. Border? - PolitiFact How does Texas Gov. Rick Perry's claim that some illegal border crossers "have substantial terrorist ties, whether it's Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria" rate on the Truth-O-Meter? Not well: "PolitiFact reporter Linda Qiu says that Perry's claim rates PANTS ON FIRE on the Truth-O-Meter. Qiu says that the numbers just don't add up in Perry's favor."
Boston will limit detainers on immigrants - Associated Press On Wednesday, Boston city officials passed a so-called "Boston Trust Act," which immigrant advocates say "will improve relations between local law enforcement and immigrants wary of reporting crimes for fear of deportation." It's the latest of many jurisdictions around the country to take similar action.