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PHOTO: Those opposed to Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the southern border say humanitarian aid is needed, not more militarization. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.
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AUSTIN, Texas - The ongoing crisis over unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States has taken a new turn with local troops being ordered to the border of Texas and Mexico. Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to ...Read More

PHOTO: The federal government should provide undocumented children with legal counsel at immigration hearings, that's what a lawsuit against the feds seeks to accomplish. Photo courtesy of the U-S Department of Defense.

PHOENIX – A lawsuit filed against the federal government by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups is seeking government-provided legal counsel for undocumented children at immigration hearings. Matt Adams, legal director for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says thousand ...Read More

PHOTO: The fear of extreme violence and even murder is the reason thousands of undocumented children from Central America are seeking refuge in the United States, says U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. He says some are fleeting to other, closer nations as well. Photo courtesy Sen. Heinrich's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico says tens of thousands of undocumented children seeking refuge in the United States are fleeing possible murder in Central America. Addressing his fellow senators earlier this week, Heinrich pointed out that many of the children are fl ...Read More

PHOTO: The thought of housing undocumented children brought people, both supporters and opponents, to the streets of Oracle, Arizona this week. Photo courtesy of Frank Pierson.

ORACLE, Ariz. - Housing undocumented children is causing public displays of both protest and support in communities in the Southwest, including Oracle, Arizona, located about 100 miles north of the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Frank Pierson lives in Oracle and is the president of the St. Helen Ca ...Read More

PHOTO: As the flood of children attempting to cross into the United States from Central America continues, an Iowa woman offers her story in the hopes of increasing understanding about the situation. Photo courtesy of Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The mass migration of Central American children has made headlines, sparked debate, and ignited a political firestorm in recent weeks, but one Iowa woman hopes her experience can shed some light upon why this is happening, and what can be done to help. Kenia Calderon made the jou ...Read More

PHOTO: This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned Arizona's state ban on issuing driver's licenses to some immigrants. Photo courtesy Arizona Dept. of Transportation

PHOENIX - The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is applauding this week's court ruling that overturns the state's ban on granting driver's licenses to some immigrants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that the state can no longer deny driver's licenses to immigrants who qu ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that immigrants in Kentucky are a diverse group that contributes greatly to the state's economy. It says immigration reform could mean even greater economic benefits. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BEREA, Ky. – Prompted by a lack of action in the U.S. House, President Obama said earlier this week he may act on his own to reform the nation's immigration system. In Kentucky, a policy research organization has released a new snapshot of the state's immigrant population. The profile from th ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America have been arriving on the doorstep of the United States this year. Attempts to temporarily house them has met with some resistance, most recently in San Diego County. Photo credit: Tommy Hough
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SAN DIEGO - Southern California is seeing some of the wave of unaccompanied children coming to the United States from Central America to escape violence in their home countries - and not everyone is welcoming them. The federal government signed a contract to house about 95 children at a former nurs ...Read More

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