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When Leo Manzano won second place in the 1,500-meters final at the Olympics, he celebrated his well-deserved victory by waving two flags, that of the United States and Mexico. He has every right to do so: After all, he has dual citizenship for both countries.

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Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrantsupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 12:13:00

In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

Obama plans to relax deportation policyupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 12:13:00

President Obama says the plan is not amnesty but part of his effort to fix a "broken immigration system."

Southern Miss apologizes for band's derogatory chant at NCAA tournamentupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 15:02:00

A university president apologized after members of the school's band yelled "where's your green card" at a Latino player during a NCAA basketball tournament game Thursday.

Immigration law lead to American's deathupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 15:59:00

CNN's Jim Spellman reports on how U.S. immigration laws and violence in Mexico led to the death of a young American.

Dangerous path to legal status for some immigrantsupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 15:59:00

Tania Nava has one piece of advice for anyone seeking to come out of the shadows and pursue a path to U.S. citizenship: don't do it.

Report: Federal workers 'pressured' to approve citizenship papersupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 10:49:00

Some U.S. immigration officers charged with reviewing citizenship applications believe federal policy favors promoting immigration over protecting national security, according to a draft report by an agency watchdog.

Want jobs? Encourage immigrationupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 08:43:00

If we want to create jobs in America, we must welcome foreign-born innovators. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of immigrant entrepreneurs yearning to breathe free": This is the message we need Lady Liberty to shine forth into the world.

In schools, towns and farms, battle heats up over Alabama's tough immigration lawupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 10:13:00

Theresa De Leon finally broke down over breakfast at a diner behind City Hall.

Romney and Perry clash at debateupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 12:37:00

Candy Crowley breaks down the latest presidential debate as the candidates fought over Social Security and immigration.

Truth Squad: Do illegal immigrants get tuition discount?updated: Fri Sep 23 2011 12:37:00

At Thursday night's presidential debate in Orlando, Florida, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hit Texas Gov. Rick Perry hard on the issue of immigration, characterizing his policies as encouraging illegal immigration. He specifically criticized Perry's support for a Texas law that allows children of illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, likening it to a $100,00 educational discount. Perry defended the state policy as important for integrating future generations into the economic mainstream and said it's "heartless" to deny the children of illegal immigrants a chance at in-state tuition rates.

Immigrant who promised to help prosecutors could lose familyupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 05:32:00

Sitting on their front porch in this Houston suburb, Edmond Demiraj and his family seem the picture of a contented family.

California lawyer sues State Dept. over revoked green card lotteryupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 18:11:00

A California immigration lawyer has sued the State Department after the agency tossed out the results of a green card lottery, shattering the dreams of applicants notified that they had won a chance to live in the U.S. legally.

Nepal census recognizes 'third gender'updated: Tue May 31 2011 10:06:00

When census gatherers went door-to-door visiting 5.6 million households across Nepal this month, they collected information not only on the country's men and women, but also on a so-called third gender.

To stem illegal immigration, cut labor demand in U.S.updated: Thu May 19 2011 13:08:00

News that Mexican authorities found 513 would-be illegal immigrants packed tightly into trucks, with the United States as their destination, should shock Americans into action. They were from Mexico, Japan, China, India and Nepal, and authorities said each had paid $7,000 to gangsters to be smuggled in.

Computer glitch voids green card lottery resultsupdated: Sat May 14 2011 12:57:00

Tens of thousands of would-be immigrants to America are sure to be disappointed after a computer glitch prompted the State Department to invalidate results of the most recent green card visa lottery.

Is the next immigration fight over 'anchor babies'?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 16:21:00

While the nation's political dialogue was hijacked over the issue of President Obama's birthplace, bubbling below the surface is the fact that a child of illegal immigrants born in the United States -- derided by some as "anchor babies" -- could one day be president.

Some 'birthers' still not satisfiedupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 11:34:00

Brian Todd gets early reaction from so-called "birthers" to the release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate.

Who's really eligible to be president?updated: Thu Apr 21 2011 10:02:00

The Constitution provides that only "natural born citizens" can be president. Never has this obscure restriction been more controversial; in spite of conclusive evidence that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, "birthers" insist that he is ineligible because, they claim, he was really born in Kenya or Indonesia.

Stateless Kurds in Syria granted citizenshipupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 11:58:00

Syria has granted citizenship to thousands of stateless people in the country's Kurdish region, a move seen as a gesture to placate the predominantly Arab country's restive minority.

2010: Rubio: GOP wins a second chanceupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 11:11:00

Florida's Senator-elect Marco Rubio says it would be a "mistake" to assume the U.S. is entering a Republican era.

Can Rubio help GOP with Latinos in 2012?updated: Thu Mar 31 2011 11:11:00

We don't know who will be the Republican nominee for president next year. But we do know who stands a good chance of being the Republican nominee for vice president: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Why was 4-year-old American girl deported?updated: Wed Mar 23 2011 17:24:00

Under our system, two things are crystal clear: Law enforcement agencies are required to treat children with more care than adults, and U.S. citizens have certain rights that are not to be abridged -- including the right to due process.

Report: U.S. needs immigration boost of high-skilled workersupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 07:51:00

Highly-skilled foreign-born workers contribute more to the economy than they take away and unless the American government enacts immigration reform, the U.S. "risks falling behing in the global race for talent," according to a report released Wednesday.

Constitution 101: Babies born in U.S. are citizensupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 12:14:00

The serious and necessary debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been clouded by a debate over birthright citizenship.

Changing the 14th Amendmentupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 12:14:00

In January, Rep. Steve King talks about his bill challenging birthright citizenship.

Latinos targeted, again?updated: Tue Feb 15 2011 11:51:00

Many Latinos in the U.S. feel they're being targeted by a movement to change the 14th Amendment. Rafael Romo reports.

Close the 'birthright citizenship' loopholeupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 11:51:00

America's illegal immigration problem is out of control. To change this, we must better protect our borders, particularly the Mexican border, and ensure that only citizens and those in our country legally can be hired for jobs.

Can the 14th Amendment defend itself?updated: Tue Feb 15 2011 11:48:00

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states that all people born in the United States are citizens. But some Republicans, in their wide-ranging attack on illegal immigrants, treat the amendment as an antique inheritance from the Civil War era that turned into an overly generous gift to generations of immigrants.

Chipotle faces scrutiny over illegal workersupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 18:04:00

A number of Chipotle employees across Minnesota were fired after an immigration audit targeted the restaurant chain for allegedly hiring undocumented workers, officials said.

Arizona legislators consider birthright citizenship billupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 19:54:00

The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee began holding hearings Monday afternoon on proposals to end birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.

California Latinos protest Arizona push to end birthright citizenshipupdated: Sat Jan 29 2011 20:40:00

An Arizona state lawmaker's push to end the guarantee of birthright citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants on Saturday set off a protest hundreds of miles away in Pacoima, a Los Angeles suburb.

Sponsor of Arizona citizenship bill hopes it prompts lawsuitupdated: Sat Jan 29 2011 14:39:00

The Arizona state legislator who co-sponsored the latest immigration crackdown proposal -- to end citizenship for U.S.-born kids of illegal immigrants -- told CNN Friday that he hopes the legislation will provoke a lawsuit so that the U.S. Supreme Court "can end the controversy over the true meaning of the 14th Amendment's citizenship clause."

Scalia comments show need for new rights amendment, backers sayupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 17:33:00

Recent remarks from a Supreme Court justice have alarmed those still pushing for an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, three decades after an earlier attempt failed.

Latino community reacts to efforts against birthright citizenshipupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 14:26:00

Alejandro Lopez, the son of Mexican immigrants who was born and grew up in Texas, says he's very concerned about the new movement to change the interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

8 reasons to leave 14th Amendment aloneupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 14:01:00

There is nothing sadder than watching a political party turn itself inside out and violate its principles.

Immigration foes target baby citizensupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 14:01:00

State lawmakers make birthright citizenship a new target in the fight over illegal immigration. CNN's Mary Snow has more.

Legislators set sights on 'anchor babies'updated: Thu Jan 06 2011 08:20:00

A group of state legislators opposed to illegal immigration proposed a legislative "fix" Wednesday that would prevent children of illegal immigrants born in the United States from being citizens.

Israeli PM tells minister to include Jewish immigrants in loyalty oathupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 18:27:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his justice minister to draft a bill that would apply a new loyalty oath approved by the Cabinet last week to Jewish immigrants as well as non-Jews seeking citizenship, his office said Monday.

Woman, 101, to become U.S. citizen with help of 69-year-old documentupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 22:26:00

Eulalia Garcia Maturey has outlived two husbands, her two children and decades of bygone immigration laws. At 101, Maturey will become a U.S. citizen on the 101st anniversary of her crossing into the United States from Mexico.

Israeli Cabinet approves loyalty oath for new citizensupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 10:48:00

The Israeli Cabinet has approved an amendment to a citizenship law that requires new citizens to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic state," the prime minister's office said Sunday.

Israel gets closer to passing loyalty lawupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 12:38:00

In a move likely to fuel tensions with its minority Arab population, Israel moved a step closer to passing a law that would require new citizens of the country to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish state."

Does Tea Party want to defend or change Constitution?updated: Tue Sep 07 2010 11:24:00

Utah's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Mike Lee, is a vocal defender of what's become the bible of the Tea Party revolution: the U.S. Constitution.

Jurors to decide whether soap opera actress faked marriage for green cardupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 04:18:00

Twelve jurors must decide whether the marriage of a Mexican soap opera actress to a California pizza delivery man was a fact built on love or fiction designed to fool immigration agents.

GOP split on Latinos and immigrationupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 11:52:00

What goes around ... can blow up in your face.

Gutierrez: U.S. needs the 14th Amendmentupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 11:09:00

Many Republicans say change the 14th Amendment but Mike Huckabee disagrees. So does Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat.

14th Amendment is key to the American experimentupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 11:09:00

The latest constitutional amendment being floated by some Senate Republicans -- to deny citizenship to children born in the United States to unauthorized immigrants -- is not new.

Keep GOP hands off the 14th Amendmentupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 17:08:00

Every time I think the Republican Party cannot get any more tone-deaf on issues involving race and equal rights, someone in leadership proves me wrong.

Biden leaves Iraq after Independence Day visitupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 12:40:00

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has left Iraq, concluding a two-day unannounced visit to the war-torn nation, embassy officials said.

Man arrested after wife writes to Obama asking for helpupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 00:13:00

Not everyone expects a response when they write a letter to the president of the United States. But Caroline Jamieson got much more than she expected when her husband ended up in jail and afraid he would be deported.

Inaction on immigration reform a travestyupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 09:52:00

Republicans and Democrats in Congress seem to have found one issue on which they agree. Neither party wants to get near immigration reform, the new "third rail" in American politics -- an issue so politically charged that politicians risk their careers by touching it.

Fortune: The Lobby: Intel's R&D tax pushupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 13:44:00

Name any major U.S. company, and chances are good it runs an office in Washington. They're all here to lobby, yes, but more specifically, they're watching the Hill, the White House, and regulators for any policymaking that could affect their businesses. In a new regular feature, will introduce you to one of these offices. We'll talk to the head lobbyist for that company and find out what policies they're pushing the hardest in Washington. We'll also talk to industry groups to see what's on their radar.

Veiled wife costs man French citizenshipupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 18:54:00

France has denied citizenship to a man because he allegedly forced his wife to wear a full Islamic veil, the French immigration minister said in a statement Wednesday.

Incentives drawing more Latinos to military, Rand study findsupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 20:24:00

Though the percentage of Latinos in the U.S. military remains lower than the percentage in the general population, gains are being made in efforts to increase diversity in the military, a recent study shows.

Immigrant activists call out 'Illegal Alien' costumesupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 21:08:00

Immigrant rights activists are calling on U.S. retailers to stop selling two controversial "Illegal Alien" costumes that have surfaced for Halloween, saying the outfits are a broadside attack on illegal immigrants.

U.S. immigrant population flat, Census numbers showupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 18:51:00

After nearly 40 years of recorded increases, the number of immigrants living in the United States remained flat between 2007 and 2008, recent statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau show. Liam Neeson and Family Taking Life One Day at a Timeupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 12:29:00

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Iraqis want educational, scientific assistance, says VP Bidenupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 23:33:00

Iraqis "want us want us to be engaged with them in helping them realize their potential," said Vice President Joe Biden after leaving Baghdad on Saturday.

Fourth of July in Iraqupdated: Sat Jul 04 2009 23:33:00

CNN's Michael Ware takes a look at how one Army division is celebrating the Fourth of July in Iraq.

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