The national debate on immigration is heated and has direct implications for policies and practices within the union. Content on this page highlight the experiences found in different states.

El Cenizo is leading the charge to block a tough new Texas immigration law that requires police to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation, before the measure takes effect Sept. 1. The lawsuit filed by the city pits Mayor Raul Reyes and his tiny outpost of Democrats against the state's powerful Republican Party.

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For months, Brandelia Nunez's dining room table has been buried underneath neat piles of receipts, phone logs and court records — evidence she believes will prove her family was scammed out of more than $10,000 while applying for immigration protections they weren't even qualified to receive. Even though Nunez, 43, is living in the country illegally, she contacted police and filed a complaint with the Illinois attorney general's office, which is now pursuing a civil lawsuit on her behalf.

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Lawyers seek release of man as US seeks country to take him 9:17 am Updated May 28, 2017 at 9:23 am Share story STEVE LeBLANC The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers in Massachusetts are seeking the release of a man they say is being unlawfully detained by federal immigration officials while they try to find a country to deport him to.

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While the number of minors arrested trying to enter the U.S. illegally continues to climb each year, a little-known program that grants some of the children legal immigration status and a path to a green card has also grown rapidly. But that growth might be slowed, as Congress considers making changes to what’s known as the Special Immigrant Juvenile program. Legislation that would tighten eligibility is pending in the House of Representatives.

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Portland Suspect in Portland double murder posted white supremacist material online Mayor laments ‘horrific act of racist violence’ after Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, charged in deaths of two men in confrontation on public transportation Portland Suspect in Portland double murder posted white supremacist material online Mayor laments ‘horrific act of racist violence’ after Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, charged in deaths of two men in confrontation on public transportation View more sharing options Sunday 28 May 2017 15.15 BST First published on Saturday 27 May 2017 22.03 BST Police in Portland, Oregon, have charged a white supremacist with a ...

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US: Immigrant arrests soar under Trump, fewer deported Associated Press Wednesday, May 17, 2017 comments SANTA ANA, Calif. — U.S. immigration arrests increased nearly 40 percent in early 2017 as newly emboldened agents under President Donald Trump detained more than 40,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally — with a renewed focus on immigrants without criminal convictions.

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Stolen paychecks: how immigrant workers get ripped off By Alyson Kay, correspondent May 21, 2017 12:17 am 05/21/2017 12:17am Share A sign outside the offices of CASA de Maryland, the largest Latino and immigrant advocacy organization in the Washington area. The organization says companies and homeowners who hire workers sometimes short-change them. (Capital News Service photo by Gaby Galvin) LANGLEY PARK, Md. — Victor came to the U.S. 15 years ago looking for steady work.

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One morning in February, lawyer Marty Rosenbluth set off from his Hillsborough, North Carolina, home to represent two anxious clients in court. He drove about eight hours southwest, spent the night in a hotel and then got up around 6 a.m. to make the final 40-minute push to his destination: a federal immigration court and detention center in the tiny rural Georgia town of Lumpkin.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States, but it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely.

Temporary Protected Status was given to Haitians living in the United States after a 2010 earthquake devastated parts of that country. Haitians granted the protection can live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

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11 pm By The Texas Tribune Advocates call for more ‘sanctuary congregations’ ahead of new Texas law Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly listens to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed into law one of the most aggressive state-based immigration laws in the country. (AP) The backdrop for Rev. Noel Andersen’s sermon last week wasn’t a church dais but the gates of the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. The unusual setting didn’t stop him from preaching about his disappointment in Gov.

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Sessions memo defines sanctuary cities — and hints that the definition may widen Alex Brandon / AP Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens at the Justice Department in Washington on April 18, 2017. Sessions said in a department memorandum on May 22 that the department may "tailor grants to promote a lawful system of immigration." That suggests officials could seek ways to withhold money from communities that refuse to honor detainer requests from federal immigration authorities.

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Woman who lived in church allowed to stay in US for 2 years Posted: Updated: (AP Photo/David Zalubowski). Jeanette Vizguerra, front, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in a church to avoid immigration authorities for the past three months, is surrounded by her family and supporters as she heads to speak after leaving the church ... (AP Photo/David Zalubowski).

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One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a redbrick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who’d lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a “fat sucker.”

In the apartment’s tiny living room, a young man told his story in halting English.

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Photo: GRANT HINDSLEY, SEATTLEPI.COM Homeland security agents watch over a gathering protesting the ICE arrest of DACA protected Daniel Ramirez Medina during a hearing on his detention at the Seattle federal courthouse on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Ramirez was ensnared in an immigration enforcement action and, despite having a protection against deportation, was detained and held.

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President Trump signed an executive order last week calling for an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the American electoral system, in another attempt to give credence to his continuous, unsubstantiated claims that “millions” cast their ballots illegally in the 2016 presidential election. He has named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to head the […]

The post This Notorious Anti-Immigration Policy Architect Will Lead the U.S. Voting Commission appeared first on Immigration Impact.

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Immigrant youth in summer jobs program tapped as ambassadors to jittery communities Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune Jennifer Navarro, center, and her Prosser Career Academy teammates prepare for a May 9, 2017, softball game at Senn High School. Navarro, an 18-year-old senior, participated last year in a summer jobs program aimed at immigrant youths and has applied to participate again this summer.

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Last Thursday, rumors began circulating about an immigration raid in South Seattle. It’s the kind of activity that immigrant advocates have been bracing for under President Donald Trump, who has promised to crack down on illegal immigration. There didn’t seem to be a raid after all.

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Trump's revised travel ban goes before federal appeals court Posted: Updated: Monday, May 8 2017 12:14 PM EDT 2017-05-08 16:14:40 GMT Democrats desperate for fresh faces cast 37-year-old Heath Mello as a pragmatic, next generation leader who could win in the Nebraska heartland.

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The phone calls began in February: “I’m not coming back.” “It’s not worth the risk.” “Erase my name from your records.” One person brought in a sheaf of vouchers and insisted on returning them.

All over the US, undocumented immigrants were calling the offices of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (Wic) and begging to drop out.

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Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Amid vows from the Trump administration to crack down on illegal immigration, some city and state officials are trying to calm immigrants’ fear with legislation to prohibit arrests in courthouses, schools, workplaces and other spots where immigrants gather. The legal rationale for the proposals is not always clear.

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MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Farah Larrieux feels like she's about to be forced out after living and working in the U.S. for more than a decade. Immigration privileges granted to her and many other Haitians after the 2010 earthquake could soon be revoked.

President Donald Trump's appointees must announce by May 23 whether to continue "temporary protected status" for about 50,000 Haitians legally living and working in the U.S. Without this status, they could suddenly face deportation.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is taking the unusual step of hunting for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants as it decides whether to allow them to continue participating in a humanitarian program that has shielded tens of thousands from deportation since an earthquake destroyed much of their country.

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By Liz Jones • 4 hours ago File photo. KUOW Photo/Liz Jones When people face deportation at a court in Seattle or Tacoma, and they don’t have an attorney, the immigration judge will often drop a name: The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The group’s legal staff provides free help filling out forms and translating documents – even if an attorney can’t take on the full case. On April 5, the U.S. Department of Justice sent NWIRP a letter to cease and desist with this assistance.

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Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 20 Caption Close Image 1 of 20 Texas Governor Greg Abbott gives a State of State speech at the Greater Houston Partnership event Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Houston. Continue clicking to see "sanctuary city" policies for other states. less Texas Governor Greg Abbott gives a State of State speech at the Greater Houston Partnership event Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Houston.

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Raúl Ernesto Morales-Ramos, detained in California and ravaged by cancer, begged for treatment. He was given ibuprofen.

Tiombe Kimana Carlos, detained in New York with chronic schizophrenia, was held in solitary confinement. She made a noose from a sheet. Manuel Cota-Domingo, detained in Arizona with untreated diabetes and pneumonia, began to have trouble breathing. Staff dithered over who should call 911.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's most prominent domestic violence hotline reports a sharp increase in calls from abuse victims struggling with issues related to their immigration status.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline, established by Congress in 1996 and partly reliant on federal funding, says in its newly released annual report that it responded to 323,660 phone calls, texts and online contacts in 2016.

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On Tuesday, more than 14 million people around the world , including anxious applicants in the Washington area , will begin checking computers and smartphones in one of the strangest rituals of the U.S. immigration system. When the clock strikes noon in the nation’s capital, they will be able to visit a State Department website, enter their names, years of birth and 16-digit identification numbers.

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Many of America's best and brightest are immigrants 'A Day Without Immigrants' in Baltimore "We are one world and we are borderless. ... And for those that don't know that, you do now," said Maria Gabriela Aldana Enriquez during a march in Highlandtown for "A Day Without Immigrants." (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video) "We are one world and we are borderless.

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The Trump administration has issued no official new directives to customs officers, but travelers say they are having a tougher time entering.

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CLOSE Skip in Skip x Embed x Share President Trump is on a mission to remove illegal immigrants from the U.S.Yet new data shows that many arrested in recent raids reportedly don’t have criminal records. Buzz60 MESA, AZ - DECEMBER 08: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers pat down undocumented immigrants from El Salvador before boarding them onto a deportation flight on December 8, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Of the 111 Salvadorians on the flight, most had criminal records.

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May. 2, 2017, 1:43 AM LM Otero/AP FILE – In this May 25, 2010 file photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent walks down the aisle among shackled Mexican immigrants a boarded a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement charter jet for deportation in the air between Chicago, Il. and Harlingen, Texas.

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The bill would ban so-called sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas and force local law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.

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Our house is bright orange, you can’t miss it,” says 69-year-old Juan Mejia as he paces up and down his driveway in Los Angeles County, wearing a salmon-colored polo shirt with khakis. He’s on the phone, giving directions to friends who will be joining him and his wife Carolina for a small, informal gathering to talk about the anti-immigrant climate in the United States — and what they can do to prepare for a worst-case scenario.

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There has been a sharp downturn in reports of sexual assault and domestic violence among Latinos in the months since the presidential election.

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The 60-day notification deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) re-designation is rapidly approaching, on May 23, 2017, for Haitian nationals. If re-designation is not granted, as many as 50,000 Haitians living across the United States will be stripped of work authorization and will be prioritized for ICE removal.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

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Politics | Fri Apr 21, 2017 | 9:09pm EDT U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban An immigration activist protests against the Trump administration's new ban against travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, U.S. on March 7, 2017.

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NEW YORK (AP) — When Salvadoran immigrant Joselin Marroquin-Torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in New York and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it.

"Thank you," the judge said. "What is your relation to Joselin?"

"I am a friend," responded retired chemist Marisa Lohse, who has accompanied dozens of immigrants to such hearings.

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A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold funding from 'sanctuary cities' that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown.

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