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Legal and Political Challenges Inhibit Mexican Asylum Seekers

10/06/2011

Despite mounting evidence of targeted violence, immigration judges seldom recognize that Mexican nationals have a “well-founded fear of persecution”- the substantive criteria for asylum in the United States.

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Troubling Alabama Immigration Law Upheld by Federal Judge

10/05/2011

Last week, Federal District Judge Sharon Blackburn declined to strike major portions of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, making Alabama the state with the strictest immigration laws in the country.

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Seeking Answers About CIA Operations in Somalia

09/29/2011

Recently, The Nation and The New York Times disclosed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may be involved in the transfer of suspected terrorists to Somalia for detention and interrogation, in violation of US and international law.

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Reps Introduce Bill to Eliminate One-Year Filing Deadline for Asylum

09/28/2011

Victims of persecution and torture should never be at the mercy of a filing deadline to gain asylum. Most asylum seekers do not realize that they only have one year after their arrival to apply for asylum. If they miss this deadline, they risk being sent back to their countries and into the hands of their tormentors.

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Immigration by the Numbers: Does the Political Rhetoric Match the Statistics?

09/22/2011

When it was discovered that the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks entered the US legally with valid visas, immigration enforcement came into the national spotlight. In theory, deportation proceedings are used to kick out the “bad guys” and allow non-dangerous immigrants to remain in the US; however the deportation numbers tell a different story.

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