The goal of a protest organized by the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition: halting buses carrying deportees away from the facility. Because of a federal government holiday on this day, there were none, but Jose Patino, whose parents brought him from Mexico to the U.S. illegally 18 years ago, said the message still needs to be heard. Read more»
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Francisco Duarte stood in the sun with little shade or water for hours, waiting to pick lemons. But he never complained, because he was afraid he would be replaced by an undocumented worker willing to work longer hours for lower pay. He is among the hundreds of thousands silenced by a visa program that pits citizens, guest workers and the undocumented against one another. Read more»
Opponents of a bipartisan Senate immigration plan say it includes “amnesty” for illegal immigrants, but that label is not strictly accurate. Although the plan includes a “path to citizenship,” it also requires illegal immigrants to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English and then get in line for permanent legal status behind other immigrants already in the system. Read more»