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Immigration reform advocates protest next to an immigrant detention center in New York, October 29, 2013. Immigrant youth activists and others say they'll keep pressuring the White House to take executive action to spare more immigrants from deportation.
Young Immigrants Turn Focus to President in Struggle Over Deportations - New York Times Young people who met over the weekend in Phoenix for an annual gathering of immigrant youth activists said they're disappointed with President Obama not having taken executive action so far to ease up on deportations, and that "they would demand that he take executive action to increase protections for immigrants without papers."
House Dems may try long-shot tactic to advance immigration reform - Arizona Republic On the "discharge petition" tactic that's been floated by some House Democrats in hopes of forcing a House vote on immigration reform. It's easier said than done: "The effort likely would need the cooperation of 15 to 19 House Republicans, assuming all 199 House Democrats sign the petition and depending on which party wins four vacant House seats."
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Activists from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles staged a "call-a-thon" on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, dialing up a member of Congress and having passers-by leave messages demanding immigration reform. It's part of a move by some advocacy groups toward more aggressive tactics in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to vote on an immigration overhaul.
Immigration reform: 'Call-a-thon' part of advocates' shift to bolder tactics - Southern California Public Radio Some immigration reform advocates have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative lawmakers - unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul. One example: An event billed as a "call-a-thon" Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, during which activists flagged down passers-by and had them leave messages for a member of Congress.
Judge Tosses Suit Alleging NYPD Illegally Spied On Muslims - NPR From the story: "A federal judge has ruled that New York City Police did not violate the rights of Muslims by putting New Jersey mosques under routine surveillance in an effort to prevent terrorism...(the plaintiffs) alleged that the surveillance program, which they said involved spying on mosques, restaurants and schools in the state since 2002, was unconstitutional because they were being targeted solely on the basis of their religion."
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Charlene Gomez of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles asks passers-by on Broadway in downtown L.A. if they're willing to leave messages for a member of Congress during an immigration "call-a-thon" on Thursday, Feb. 20. It's one example of more aggressive tactics that some immigrant advocates have promised in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to vote on immigration reform.
With immigration reform stalled in Congress, possibly for the rest of the year, some immigrant activists have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative members of Congress - unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul.
How will this play out? Take an event in downtown Los Angeles on Thusday morning billed as an immigration "call-a-thon." Members of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles set up a table on a busy street and flagged down passers-by, urging them to call a member of Congress and demand immigration reform.
"Will you make a call for us?" pitched Charlene Gomez in Spanish, cell phone in hand.
It doesn't take long for one man passing by to say yes to her pitch. Gomez dialed the office of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, a Republican and today's call-a-thon target.
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Guatemalan nationals are body searched in Arizona before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City. With no agreement reached so far on immigration reform, a growing number of immigrant advocates have been putting pressure on the White House to curb deportations.
White House faces rising grass-roots heat on immigration - Politico A growing number of immigrant advocates are demanding that President Obama take executive on immigration, primarily to halt deportations. From the story: "Nearly all of the grass-roots-led organizations that shape the immigration debate on the left now see the White House — and the potential for Obama to act on his own — as the most likely avenue for progress on the issue, given the GOP’s control of the House and election-year jitters."
In Mexico Meeting, a Show of Friendship With Few Results on Immigration and Trade - New York Times During a so-called "Three Amigos" summit Wednesday in Mexico between President Obama, Mexican and Canadian leaders, divisions continued on key issues. From the story: "Although they announced agreements to make it easier to travel among the three countries and to find ways of protecting the Monarch butterfly, the divisive issues of trade, immigration and the hotly disputed proposed Keystone XL pipeline were left largely unresolved."
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Members of the Asian Pacific Coalition from UCLA and USC convened to “end the targeting of people of color, especially the often ignored racism against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.” This town hall meeting was organized weeks after both schools received identical copies of racist fliers aimed at the Asian-Pacific Islander community.
The mystery of who recently mailed racist and sexist fliers to Asian-American organizations at UCLA and USC may never be solved, but students from both campuses say they are working to make sure it never happens again.
More than 120 people attended a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss identical fliers sent to each school. Racist and sexist language, laced with expletives, was mainly used to attack Asian-American women for dating white men.
"The objectification of Asian women’s bodies was very apparent in that Asian racist flier," said UCLA student Jazz Kiang. "And those are things that people in our community suffer from on a daily basis."
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incidents along with campus police from both schools, said spokesman Cmdr. Andy Smith, but so far there have been no breaks to report.