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In immigration news: Fewer border deaths, Ebola-related discrimination, military program on hold, more



A grave marker for an unidentified migrant. Reported border-crossing deaths are at their lowest point in 15 years, in part as more Central American migrants crossing through Texas have been presenting themselves to authorities, seeking asylum.
A grave marker for an unidentified migrant. Reported border-crossing deaths are at their lowest point in 15 years, in part as more Central American migrants crossing through Texas have been presenting themselves to authorities, seeking asylum.
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Deaths At US-Mexico Border Reach 15-Year Low - NPR More on how reported border-crossing deaths are down, as more Central Americans cross through Texas and present themselves to agents seeking asylum, as opposed to trekking on through the wilderness. But as more migrant traffic has moved to Texas, more people are dying there, with the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector reporting more deaths last fiscal year than the deadly Tucson, Arizona sector.

With U.S. Ebola fear running high, African immigrants face ostracism - Reuters Some African immigrants report being discriminated against in light of the Ebola virus scare. One woman described being yelled at outside her child's school in Staten Island, New York; others have reported incidents in which they've felt under suspicion. From the story: "Some Liberians, whose home country has been hardest hit by the worst outbreak of the virus on record, say they are being shunned by friends and co-workers and fear losing their jobs."

Military immigrant program halted - Politico U.S. military officials have confirmed that an enlistment program "for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program." Relatively few with temporary legal status under deferred action would realistically make it in, as skills such as a medical background or particular language fluency would be required.

U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack - Reuters From the story: "U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants...While there was no specific evidence of a new threat in the United States, federal and state authorities were on a heightened state of alert following a gunman's attack in Ottawa on Wednesday and another by an assailant in Quebec on Monday."

Gang tensions upset Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles - Southern California Public Radio Two recent shootings have Pacific Islanders in Southwest Los Angeles County worried over tension between Samoan and Tongan street gangs. From the story: "Nearly 250 people, including Tongans and Samoans, joined local law enforcement officials at a Carson Community Center town hall meeting Wednesday night, to vent their frustration over gangs and to brainstorm ways to defuse tensions between their young members."