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Deferred action recipients can get a two-year reprieve from deportation proceedings and a work permit. Undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for at least five straight years, are in school or have graduated from high school or have obtained a GED, or are honorably discharged from the military, may apply.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday released official instructions on how to renew the two-year deferred action status for the estimated 560,000 undocumented immigrants enrolled in the program. Read more»

The sad truth is that this nonsense is introduced into the media ecosystem by right-wing reality-denying sources, and it almost always makes its way into the mainstream media—often going unchallenged. Read more» 1

Ajo Station agents discovered 66 bundles of marijuana in a Chevy Tahoe reported stolen out of Nevada and recovered off Federal Route 7 east of Why.

Politicians are reconsidering immigration reform, Homeland Security is investigating the Border Patrol after complaints of excessive force, plus: what happens to U.S. veterans deported to Mexico Read more»

Jimi Gonzalez, left, takes sons Fernando, now 12 and Jaden, now 9, on a hunting trip during a 2011 visit with Jimi in Campeche, Mexico. In 2008, as a punishment for having crossed the border more than once, Jimi was barred from the U.S. for at least 10 years. He received the punishment when his wife Bethany Gonzalez of Denison, Iowa, filed an application to obtain legal status for Jimi in 2006.

t every congressional Republican is joining the GOP rush to mend fences with Latino voters by embracing the pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Steve King of Iowa made it plain after the election that he doesn't approve of the chatter from his party's "establishment" on the issue. Read more» 2

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department’s policy, announced in June, to exercise 'discretion' when deciding whether to deport younger, low-risk undocumented immigrants.

Homeland Security Sec. Napolitano on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s plan to suspend deportation for young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Read more»

Last week's House vote to end the American Community Survey defied the advice of conservative think tank experts, the interests of the business community, and, most critically, common sense. Read more»

Men watch television at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington where legal and illegal immigrants are held during removal or deportation proceedings.

House Judiciary subcommittee members grilled ICE officials Wednesday on new detention standards they said read “more like a hospitality guideline for illegal immigrants.” Read more»

The House passed the DREAM Act on Wednesday night, a measure that would grant conditional residency to those brought to the U.S. before the age of 15 if they complete two years of college or military service. Read more» 1

A DREAM Act supporter at a Phoenix protest in May.

Congress is set to consider the DREAM Act in the lame duck session. The bill would provide legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children provided they meet strict conditions. The bill, supported across the political spectrum, promotes hard work and the notion that you can be successful no matter where you were born or who your parents are. Read more»