Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Immigration News Roundup - 4/14/2009

1.Undocumented immigrants raise children in poverty: A growing number of undocumented immigrants are having children in the United States and raising them in poverty, a study released on Tuesday showed. Around 11.9 million mostly Hispanic undocumented immigrants live and work in the United States, and Americans are sharply divided over what to do with them. The survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, based in U.S. Census Bureau figures, found that the number of U.S. born children of unauthorized migrants grew to 4 million in 2008, up from 2.7 million five years earlier. It found that a third of the children of unauthorized immigrants and a fifth of adult unauthorized immigrants live in poverty -- nearly double the poverty rate for children of U.S.-born parents...

2. U.S. citizens locked up as illegal immigrants: In a drive to crack down on illegal immigrants, the United States has locked up or thrown out dozens, probably many more, of its own citizens in the past eight years. A months-long Associated Press investigation has documented 55 such cases, on the basis of interviews, lawsuits and records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. These citizens were detained for periods from one day to five years. Immigration lawyers say there are hundreds of such cases.

3. Arrest Data Add Fuel to Debate on Illegal Residents: About 2 percent of the people charged with major violent crimes in Prince William County last year were illegal immigrants, but they were arrested for a larger portion of secondary offenses, according to newly released statistics and a Washington Post analysis that offer the first comprehensive look at criminal activity since the county implemented its controversial anti-illegal immigration measures...George E. Tita, an associate professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California at Irvine, said the charges against illegal immigrants are, in part, due to their circumstance. They can't get driver's licenses and often can't get legitimate work, so arrests for prostitution and driving without a license are to be expected, he said.

Photo: At the Jackson Cupboard food bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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