Immigrant Rights News - Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Hate Crimes Rise as Immigration Debate Heats Up
By Spencer S. Hsu
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 2:30 PM
U.S. civil rights leaders today said an increase in hate crimes committed against Hispanics and people perceived to be immigrants in recent years "correlates closely" to the nation's increasingly contentious debate over immigration, faulting anti-immigrant rhetoric in the media and extremist group mobilization on the Internet.
Hate crimes targeted against Hispanic Americans increased 40 percent between 2003 and 2007, the most recent year in which FBI statistics are available, from 426 to 595 incidents, marking the fourth consecutive year of increases. […]
Third year of fewer illegal immigrants caught
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer © 2009 The Associated Press
June 16, 2009, 2:17PM
McALLEN, Texas — The number of Border Patrol apprehensions nationwide dropped for a third consecutive year, falling more than 17 percent to a level not seen since 1973, according to new government data.
The U.S. Border Patrol — charged with catching illegal immigrants near the nation's boundaries — had 724,000 apprehensions in 2008, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics. That's down from nearly 1.2 million in 2005.[…]
Los Angeles Times
Worker ID cards expected to stir up immigration debate
Sen. Charles Schumer supports a worker ID card for all Americans. Business groups warm up to the idea, but labor activists and the ACLU have concerns.
By Teresa Watanabe
June 16, 2009
As the immigration reform debate begins to heat up again, some observers expect that one of the biggest and most controversial new elements will be a proposed national worker identification card for all Americans.
A “forgery-proof” worker ID card, secured with biometric data such as fingerprints, is an idea favored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y), the new chairman of the immigration subcommittee. Schumer, who will lead the effort to craft the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation, called the card the best way to ensure that all workers were authorized. […]
Monday, June 15, 2009, 5:43pm MST
Opposition grows to immigration prison in Arizona
There is opposition arising to a proposed 1,500-inmate federal immigration prison being considered for southern
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has written U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano opposing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center near the
The Herald (
Published: Saturday, June 13, 2009
Activist Shawna Forde charged in double slaying
Woman with troubled past in Everett now accused in Arizona
An outspoken anti-immigration activist who was at the center of a series of violent crimes in
Shawna Forde, 41, and two associates in her Minuteman American Defense group are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of aggravated assault, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department in
The May 30 killings were believed to be premeditated and part of a plan to steal money and drugs to finance the Minuteman group she leads. Forde's own family said that the woman weeks ago had discussed using robberies to raise money for her cause. […]
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