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GOP, big tent or big mess?updated: Tue Aug 28 2012 08:13:00

Now that delegates have converged on Tampa, Florida, for the Republican National Convention, one has to wonder whether there is enough room in the arena for all the conflicting and contradictory elements of the modern Republican Party.

Immigration lawsuit revives DREAM Act debateupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 15:47:00

Gaby Pacheco calls herself an aspiring U.S. citizen who is compiling the paperwork and trying to get the $465 needed to apply for a two-year reprieve from getting deported.

Is Ryan an immigration pragmatist?updated: Fri Aug 24 2012 14:27:00

Immigration groups, Obama surrogates, the media and the Democratic Party have a message for Latino voters, who some say could swing the election because they are heavily represented in four battleground states -- Colorado, Nevada, Florida and New Mexico.

Immigrants show up at Gov. Brewer's doorupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 14:27:00

Immigrants showed up at Arizona Gov. Brewer's office after she signed an executive order denying deportation relief.

Ten ICE agents file suit against policies on illegal immigrant removals updated: Thu Aug 23 2012 19:50:00

A group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents filed suit Thursday against new policy directives on removing illegal immigrants.

Judge weighs Arizona immigration law after opponents present new evidenceupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 20:09:00

A federal judge is once again weighing arguments over the "show me your papers" provision in Arizona's controversial immigration law.

Driver's license rules fuel new immigration debateupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 10:57:00

Driver's licenses and other state benefits are at the heart of a new battle in the national immigration debate.

Court blocks provisions in immigration laws, lets some controversial ones standupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 21:39:00

An appeals court on Monday sided with the federal government in blocking several provisions in Alabama and Georgia's controversial anti-illegal immigration laws, while allowing other key parts of those laws to stand.

Undocumented immigrants line up for relief from deportationupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 10:40:00

Long lines formed at help centers and lawyers' office across America Wednesday as thousands of young, undocumented immigrants began applying for relief from deportation.

Immigrants' high hopes on Obama policyupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 10:40:00

As many as 1.8 million immigrants may benefit from the new deferred deportation policy. CNN's Rafael Romo reports..

Don't deport the 'tamale lady'updated: Thu Aug 02 2012 07:53:00

Juana Reyes didn't think that selling chicken, pork and chili cheese tamales would buy her a one-way ticket out of the country. But it just might.

Mixed messages on immigration?updated: Thu Aug 02 2012 07:53:00

Immigration officials make a move that seems to defy the Obama Administration and Marco Rubio. What is going on here?

Civil suit over Ariz. 'racial profiling'updated: Fri Jul 20 2012 09:55:00

A group of Hispanics sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio for anti-illegal immigration patrols they say violate their civil rights.

Civil rights groups seek new injunction against Arizona immigration lawupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 10:47:00

A coalition of civil rights organizations has filed a motion in federal court seeking to block an Arizona law that requires officers to make immigration checks while enforcing other laws if "reasonable suspicion" of illegal immigration exists.

Feds: No change in illegal immigration checks by Arizona police since rulingupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 21:20:00

Federal authorities have seen no change in the number of illegal immigration checks sought by local Arizona police and allowed under a state law partly upheld by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, officials said Wednesday.

Toobin: I have sympathy for AZ officersupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 21:20:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jeffrey Toobin about the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Arizona immigration law.

California Senate passes 'anti-Arizona' bill to limit federal detainers on illegal immigrantsupdated: Sat Jul 07 2012 15:08:00

The California Senate has passed a so-called "anti-Arizona" bill to prevent racial profiling by police and allow local law agencies to ignore federal requests to detain nonviolent illegal immigrants for deportation, a state lawmaker said.

Obama: U.S. needs immigration reformupdated: Sat Jul 07 2012 15:08:00

Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for U.S. service members, President Obama says the U.S. needs immigration reform.

Immigration ruling leaves questionsupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 12:14:00

The SCOTUS ruled on the controversial Arizona immigration law today but handed down a mixed decision.

Why 'illegal immigrant' is a slurupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 12:14:00

Last month's Supreme Court decision in the landmark Arizona immigration case was groundbreaking for what it omitted: the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," except when quoting other sources. The court's nonjudgmental language established a humanistic approach to our current restructuring of immigration policy.

'Illegal immigrant' is the uncomfortable truthupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 11:18:00

What's in a name? For my friends and simpaticos in the immigration reform community, enough to go ballistic at the mere mention of the phrase: "illegal immigrant."

When one passport isn't enoughupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 08:19:00

Irena Sharoshkina Boostani came to the United States in 1998 with $450 and few plans.

Arizona's 'show-me-your-papers' law rolls out a day after Supreme Court rulingupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 07:26:00

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding a piece of Arizona's controversial immigration law portends such a "huge" increase in policing for one department that the chief wondered Tuesday if his agency will be able to handle the workload.

Romney, GOP struggle with immigration issuesupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 17:04:00

Mitt Romney spent the presidential primary campaign trying to convince conservatives of his right-wing credibility on immigration issues.

Romney's view of Arizona immigration lawupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 17:04:00

Mitt Romney said states have a right to secure its borders, and that Pres. Obama has not presented an immigration plan.

Court's ruling a detour from basic rightsupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 12:15:00

The nation is inching toward a new consensus on immigrants and America, but on Monday, the Supreme Court divided us.

Toobin: Guidance from court not clearupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 12:15:00

John King and Jeffrey Toobin discuss the politics of the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer: This is not the endupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:21:00

Gov. Brewer says she expects lawsuits against the "show me your papers" provision in Supreme Court immigration ruling.

Supreme Court mostly rejects Arizona immigration law; gov says 'heart' remainsupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:21:00

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration, but let stand a controversial provision allowing police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

A changing national mood on immigration?updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:20:00

The judicial equivalent of white smoke has risen: The Supreme Court has ruled in a split decision rejecting most of Arizona's controversial immigration policing law, SB 1070.

Immigration fight changes Arizona, groups sayupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 23:09:00

The biggest change in Arizona since the state adopted a tough immigration enforcement policy two years ago has been a more tolerant climate for immigrants, representatives from several groups said Monday.

Opinion: Immigration ruling will affect Latino voteupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 22:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-immigration law that some observers are calling a "split decision" or even a victory for the federal government over Arizona.

Official: Obama administration will enforce its priorities, not Arizona'supdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 19:24:00

Obama administration officials said Monday the federal government would not become a willing partner in the state of Arizona's efforts to arrest undocumented people -- unless those immigrants meet federal government criteria. And they said the administration is rescinding agreements that allow some Arizona law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

For immigrants and opponents, court's ruling hits their real livesupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 18:02:00

Jonathan remembers the day, several years ago, when the father of two was forced to sit his young daughter down and explain that, as an undocumented immigrant, she probably wouldn't be allowed to tour the White House with her eighth-grade class.

Voices of Arizona immigrationupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 18:02:00

Reliving the bitter battles over Arizona's controversial illegal immigration crackdown. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

An incomplete win for Obama updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 14:08:00

One of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions in recent times -- Obamacare -- was not announced Monday. That gave an air of anti-climax to an important decision that was handed down, one with its own political baggage and implications for the election, although not nearly as fraught with peril as the health care law.

Top court's decision on Arizona will affect other states, tooupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 13:57:00

The Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's attempt to legislate immigration is likely to have far-reaching effects on other states' efforts to enact similar legislation and underscores the need for federal action, experts said Monday.

For iIllegal immigrant graduates, a 'leap of faith has been answered,' educator saysupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 23:38:00

In a scene unfolding in many Latino communities throughout the country, the graduation ceremony at Garcia High School in Chicago was especially celebratory Saturday: 20% of the graduating seniors are illegal immigrants who can now put their education to use with work permits authorized by President Obama's new immigration rules.

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."

Will Obama's immigration initiative sway Latinos?updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 17:44:00

Did you ever wonder why Charlie Brown kept charging at the football, despite the fact that Lucy always pulled it away and he wound up flat on his back? You would think that experience has made him skeptical. It's because he really wanted to believe that, this time, things would work out. And when you really want to believe in something, you have a short memory when it comes to past disappointments.

Dominicans weigh blocking illegal immigrants from public schoolsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 22:29:00

A proposed regulation in the Dominican Republic could stop illegal immigrants from studying in the nation's public schools.

Obama's immigration policy a shell gameupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 08:26:00

The Obama administration calls its policy on illegal immigrants "prosecutorial discretion." In reality, we're finding out, it amounts to business as usual, deporting huge numbers of hard-working immigrants.

Why did anti-immigration sentiment boil over in Israel?updated: Thu May 31 2012 10:31:00

Amene Tekele Haymanot thought he had made the right choice when five years ago he escaped war-torn Eritrea and opened a business in sunny Tel Aviv, Israel.

Alabama governor signs revised anti-illegal immigration lawupdated: Fri May 18 2012 21:34:00

Alabama's governor on Friday signed legislation that he said will "simplify and clarify" the state's controversial anti-illegal immigration law, considered one of the country's toughest.

Alabama legislature passes new immigration billupdated: Wed May 16 2012 21:46:00

Alabama lawmakers passed a new bill Wednesday aimed at improving the state's controversial immigration law, but critics said the new measure might make things worse.

Alabama law scaring students away?updated: Fri May 04 2012 01:17:00

Reports show rising absenteeism among Hispanic students in the wake of Alabama's immigration law. Rafael Romo reports.

Feds: Alabama immigration law caused spike in Hispanic student absencesupdated: Fri May 04 2012 01:17:00

A top U.S. Justice Department official warned Alabama's education department that the state's controversial immigration law has had "lasting" and possibly illegal consequences for Hispanic school children, according to a letter released Thursday.

Romney's stance on immigration issuesupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 13:19:00

Where exactly does Mitt Romney stand on immigration issues? As CNN's Anderson Cooper reports, it can be tough to tell.

When Romney faces Latino votersupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 13:19:00

A month after defending the health care law, the Obama administration again confronted the buzz saw of skeptical Supreme Court justices on Wednesday -- this time on immigration. But come November, Republicans may very well be on the losing end of the argument.

Other states watch for Arizona immigration rulingupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 12:52:00

Lawmakers across the nation closely followed Wednesday's Supreme Court arguments over the fate of Arizona's tough immigration law

Brewer: I left Supreme Court encouragedupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 20:49:00

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer talks to CNN's John King about the Supreme Court hearing on her state's tough immigration law.

High court appears to lean toward Arizona in immigration law disputeupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 20:49:00

Parts of Arizona's sweeping immigration law received a surprising amount of support from a short-handed Supreme Court Wednesday.

High court review of immigration enforcement a tale of opposing viewsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 05:36:00

No better symbol of the deep political and social divide over illegal immigration exists than here on the Mexico-U.S. border, along Glenn Spencer's rural desert property. And no better symbol exists of the contradictions and conundrums from an unresolved government enforcement policy.

2010: AZ governor signs immigration billupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 05:36:00

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she will get tough on illegal immigration and racial profiling. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

Ruling on immigration laws on holdupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 05:34:00

A federal appeals court in Atlanta announced that it will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Arizona's law.

Mexican migration slows, but debate isn't overupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 05:34:00

Mexican migration to the United States may have stalled, as a new study shows, but the political and social debates over immigrants living in the United States aren't going anywhere, experts say.

Outside influences on the Supreme Courtupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 08:58:00

Former Solicitor General Ken Starr and Neal Katyal weigh in on Healthcare, immigration and the Supreme Court.

What if justices let states make immigration policy?updated: Tue Apr 24 2012 08:58:00

As recently as six years ago, it was conventional wisdom among lawyers, legislators and policy advocates that the states had no role in setting immigration policy. Since then, there has been a federalist revolution of historic proportions.

Brewer recounts tense Obama encounterupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 17:35:00

CNN's John King talks to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about a tense encounter she had with President Obama.

The truth about Arizona's immigration lawupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 17:35:00

With the Supreme Court poised this week to hear arguments in the legal challenge to Arizona's immigration law, it's a good time to explain what this law and the ruckus surrounding it are really about.

Justices to hear Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration lawupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 12:09:00

The Supreme Court is poised to decide whether Arizona can enforce its controversial immigration law over the strong objections of the Obama administration. Oral arguments will be held Wednesday.

Controversial Mississippi immigration law dies in state Senateupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 22:58:00

Less than a month after handily passing Mississippi's House of Representatives, a controversial immigration law died this week in the state's Senate.

Human rights group cites violations on U.S.-Mexico borderupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 20:58:00

Latinos, immigrants and Native Americans experience "a pattern of human right violations" in the American Southwest under U.S. immigration policies, Amnesty International said in a new report.

Gay married immigrant fights deportation in Californiaupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 14:59:00

A federal immigration court judge in San Francisco put a deportation proceeding on hold Friday for a gay California man who is an undocumented immigrant and married to a U.S. citizen, the couple's attorney said.

Massachusetts senator pushes bill for Irish work visasupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 20:29:00

The luck of the Irish may not be enough to push ahead special legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, to grant 10,500 special work visas for Irish immigrants.

Mississippi lawmakers pass controversial immigration billupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 05:34:00

Another controversial immigration bill is on the horizon in the South, a regional battleground that has seen a number of states pass reforms on illegal immigration.

Selma marchers take up immigration causeupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 05:34:00

Selma civil rights marchers take up the cause of immigration. CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports.

Court blocks two portions of Ala. immigration lawupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 18:58:00

A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday blocked two more portions of Alabama's tough law against illegal immigration.

"Imagine a day without a Mexican"updated: Sat Mar 03 2012 19:01:00

Are undocumented Mexicans "financial refugees" or "financial fountains"? Columnist Charles Garcia discusses the topic.

Imagine a day without a Mexicanupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 19:01:00

One day, California wakes up and every single Latino has inexplicably disappeared. No business owner, doctor, nurse, soldier, teacher, entertainer, athlete or politician can be found. No bus driver, farm worker, cook, gardener or nanny. All gone. California -- the ninth largest economy in the world -- grinds to a halt because Latinos have vanished. Chaos and tragedy follow. This scenario is what Sergio Arau's satiric film, "A Day Without a Mexican," explores.

Appeals court defers on state immigrations lawsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 14:24:00

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Thursday that it will not render an opinion on the challenges to tough laws against illegal immigration in Georgia and Alabama. The appeals court will let the Supreme Court first make a decision in a case regarding a similar law in Arizona.

New approach by conservatives on immigration?updated: Mon Feb 27 2012 12:11:00

If you think all conservatives support a deportation-only approach to immigration, think again. Last week, hundreds of conservative evangelicals gathered in Alabama to engage in a reasonable, respectful discourse on immigration.

GOP, don't alienate Latino votersupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:53:00

In a popular fable, a scorpion asks a frog to carry him across a river. The frog resists at first, afraid that the scorpion will sting him. The scorpion points out that -- as a practical matter -- if he stings the frog, they both die. The frog gives in. Halfway across, the scorpion does in fact sting the frog and they both drown. Why would the scorpion do that, the frog asks. The scorpion responds that he can't help it, that this is his nature.

Authorities: Human smuggling ring used non-Spanish speaking black drivers updated: Fri Feb 03 2012 03:17:00

A human smuggling ring used non-Spanish speaking African-Americans to drive suspected illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border to the Los Angeles area, according to immigration authorities.

Kansas bill seeks to pair undocumented immigrants, jobsupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 22:01:00

The Kansas legislature on Thursday introduced a bill that would partner some undocumented immigrants with jobs in industries facing worker shortages.

Latinos won't forget Romney's 'anti-immigrant' talkupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 08:29:00

Responding angrily to a campaign ad from Newt Gingrich accusing him of being anti-immigrant, Mitt Romney insisted during last week's Republican debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville that he has no problem with immigrants.

Five things we learned from Thursday's debateupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 07:04:00

After a stunning loss in South Carolina and an uneven performance in a debate on Monday, Mitt Romney appeared to get his swagger back and turned in a strong performance in Thursday's CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate. Here are five things we learned Thursday night.

Is the GOP shifting on Immigration?updated: Fri Dec 30 2011 05:25:00

John King, Rep. Brian Bilbray and Dana Loesch discuss if the GOP Presidential candidates are shifting on immigration.

Obama administration sets up new hotline for immigration detaineesupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 05:25:00

In the latest volley between the federal government and states pushing anti-illegal-immigration laws, the Obama administration announced Thursday it was establishing a new hotline for immigration detainees who feel they "may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime."

Perry's wrong turn: Defending Sheriff Joeupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 17:28:00

I bet it sounded like a good idea at the time. Now, not so much.

States ask courts to halt appeals in immigration law casesupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 17:39:00

Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina asked judges Thursday to halt proceedings in cases challenging the states' immigration laws.

Tough new law forcing Hispanics to fleeupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 13:32:00

Hispanic families in Alabama now live in fear of deportation as CNN's David Mattingly reports.

Human Rights Watch criticizes Alabama immigration lawupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 13:32:00

Alabama's controversial immigration law is "grounded in discrimination," fosters a culture of fear and denies basic rights to undocumented residents and their families, a human rights organization said in a report released Wednesday.

Justices accept Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration lawupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 12:04:00

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Arizona can enforce its controversial immigration law, over the strong objections of the Obama administration.

2010: Feds vs. state over immigrationupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 12:04:00

CNN's Casey Wian takes a look at who's fighting Arizona's immigration law, and who's fighting for it.

Alabama's immigration law under fireupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 05:30:00

CNN's Nick Valencia gives an update on the latest in Alabama's immigration debate.

Alabama AG makes revision suggestions for immigration lawupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 05:30:00

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sent to state legislative leaders a series of suggested changes to the state's controversial anti-illegal immigration law.

Pew study: Not many would benefit from Gingrich's 'path to legality'updated: Fri Dec 02 2011 20:56:00

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently declared his support for a "path to legality" for undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for longer terms, have paid taxes and have strong family and community ties.

Justice officials express new concerns about Alabama immigration law updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 09:53:00

Top Justice Department officials met with Alabama business groups and community leaders in Birmingham Monday to express concern about what the officials consider the negative implications of the state's new immigration law.

Could conservatives love Gingrich's immigration plan?updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 09:24:00

Newt Gingrich's immigration plan could be a breakthrough moment for conservatives. It could be a new kind of signal from conservatives that we are not bound in an absolutist straitjacket when it comes to immigration reform.

Gingrich: English as official languageupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 09:24:00

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich outlines his plan to control illegal immigration once he takes office.

Justice Department sues Utah over state immigration lawupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 19:00:00

Utah has become the fourth state sued by the Justice Department for passing an immigration law that federal officials claim is unconstitutional because it pre-empts federal enforcement of immigration.

Administration to pare down immigration casesupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 18:08:00

The Obama administration said Thursday it immediately will begin reviewing all new immigration cases to make sure they comply with administration priorities -- which focus on pursuing cases involving criminals who endanger public safety or national security, while dropping cases against immigrants with no criminal histories.

Arizona immigration leader is recalledupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:47:00

Thelma Gutierrez reports Arizona's state senate pres. has been recalled largely over his outspoken immigration stance.

Arizona's victory against hateupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:47:00

After all the bad laws and bad publicity, Arizona got some good news this week when Senate President Russell Pearce was toppled in a special election.

U.S. makes case against Alabama's immigration lawupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 08:25:00

Alabama's immigration law is unconstitutional and aims to threaten "the most basic human needs," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing.

Author of tough Arizona immigration law loses recall election updated: Wed Nov 09 2011 01:52:00

The state senator who wrote Arizona's controversial immigration law conceded defeat Tuesday night in a recall election widely seen as a referendum on tough measures against illegal immigrants.

Author of immigration law fights to hold seat in Arizonaupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 22:45:00

The state senator who wrote Arizona's controversial immigration law faced off against a charter school superintendent on Tuesday in a recall election widely seen as a referendum on tough measures against illegal immigrants.

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