New data shows that the federal government held more than 1,300 undocumented immigrant kids in adult detention centers between 2008 and 2012. Some were held more than a year. And that may be just the tip of the iceberg.
"David de la Fuente might still be alive if his pal David Salazar hadn’t been short on cash one day. Both men lived in Phoenix, where they’d settled after making their separate ways north from the Mexican farming village of Colonia Emilio Carranza many years earlier. Salazar and his family came across legally in 1974, while de la Fuente arrived during the 1990s, traversing the desert on foot to cross the border illegally near Nogales, Arizona. De la Fuente, a plumber, and Salazar, a delivery driver, eventually became good friends. Their families grew close, too, often spending weekends and holidays together."
Punch-line moment from President Obama’s immigration speech this afternoon to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials:
The question we should consider is this: Was providing these young people with the opportunity for a temporary measure of relief the right thing to do? I think it was. It’s long past time that we gave them a sense of hope.
Now your speaker from yesterday has a different view. In his speech he said that when he makes a promise to you, he’ll keep it.
Well, he has promised to veto the Dream Act. And we should take him at his word.
[Pause for dramatic effect, then laughter, then pause more, then:]
Self-deportation: It’s not just a weird thing Mitt Romney says—it’s a nationwide push by conservative politicians and private prison lobbyists (among other groups) and we really think you should know about it. That’s why we’ve compiled this comprehensive database of state immigration laws, complete with maps, charts, and an investigation into the impact Alabama’s new “papers, please” law. Check it out.
The Florida state legislature sparked controversy recently when it struck down a bill that would have allowed U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rate like all other Florida residents.
Lawmakers voted to kill the bill despite emotional testimonies from several college students, including 20-year-old Carla Montes. Montes described how she cried for three days after being denied in-state tuition because her undocumented parents couldn’t afford the out-of-state tuition rate, which is three times higher. Under U.S. law, children born in the country to undocumented immigrants are American citizens, called “birthright citizenship.”
Unmoved, Republican legislators interrupted Montes multiple times as she told her story, attempting to refute the notion that their ruling was unfair.
“As a U.S.-born American citizen I can vote, I pay taxes, I attended school in Florida, ” Montes told the committee.
“No, no, no, we’re talking about your parents,” barked Sen. Steve Oelrich. “That’s how we establish residency in the state of Florida, by the status of your parents.”
Montes shot back: “With all respect, the person who is sitting in the classroom, the person who’s giving back to this economy is me, not my parents.”