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Lunchtime Links

By | 11.17.10 | 12:04 pm

Half of the members of Congress are millionaires.

Bristol Palin and The Situation teach kids about safe sex…

…and Palin’s fans rig the Dancing With the Stars voting system.

Salon ranks the sexiest men of 2010.

50 Cent’s “In Da Club” gets More…

Study finds high costs, questionable return for Virginia county’s immigration policy

By | 11.17.10 | 11:58 am

A new study on the impact of anti-illegal immigration policies in Prince William County, Va., found that the Latino population decreased substantially after the policy was implemented in 2007, with a 7,700-person drop in the non-citizen Latino population between 2006 and 2008. (That number accounts for legal and More…

Patrick promises immigrant-friendly reforms in Massachusetts

By | 11.17.10 | 9:23 am

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who won re-election earlier this month, announced yesterday that he hopes to use his next four years in office to pass a number of immigration reform measures, including driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and in-state tuition for undocumented students who attended high school More…

House passes bill to ease immigration for military couple

By | 11.16.10 | 6:21 pm

An interesting, albeit limited, bill passed the House yesterday to change part of immigration law to recognize proxy marriages involving military service members in immigration proceedings. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote, was created to help one woman: the Japanese widow of a Marine who died in More…

Obama states support for the DREAM Act during the lame duck

By | 11.16.10 | 5:26 pm

President Obama reiterated his support for the DREAM Act during a meeting this afternoon with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), all of the pro-immigration reform Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Obama said he believes Congress should act on the issue More…

What happens to children when their parents are detained or deported?

By | 11.16.10 | 3:54 pm

The Daily Beast has a good story today on Encarnación Romero, a Guatemalan woman who was jailed on immigration charges for two years and ended up losing parental rights to her infant son. Romero faked documents to secure a job at a Missouri poultry plant, which was raided More…

Lunchtime Links

By | 11.16.10 | 12:13 pm

Newt Gingrich says Obama should take the rest of the year off.

Kal Penn returns to his White House gig after filming “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.”

Some British people apparently got engaged.

The Daily Show mocks McCain on “Don’t Ask, More…

ACLU alleges racial profiling led to ICE raid

By | 11.16.10 | 10:33 am

The ACLU filed a formal complaint yesterday claiming U.S. citizens and legal residents were wrongly targeted for a raid in April by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents because they spoke Spanish. ICE agents raided a bus of 42 people, some of whom were citizens or legal residents, headed More…

Pro-immigration reform Democrats to meet with Obama

By | 11.16.10 | 9:33 am

President Obama will meet with pro-immigration reform Democrats — Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) — this afternoon to discuss immigration plans for the lame-duck session. The meeting will be a follow-up to a September meeting with the three Democrats, More…

Already rare, driving privileges for illegal immigrants may soon disappear

By | 11.16.10 | 6:00 am

New Mexico, Washington and Utah are currently the only states that allow undocumented immigrants to drive. But in all three states, immigrants face threats to their right to drive as agencies step up residency proof requirements or politicians argue for eliminating illegal immigrants’ driving privileges altogether.

[Immigration1] Backlash against driving More…