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 Few Attend Nativist Press Event

Feb 3, 2009   Few Attend Nativist Press Event

On January 29, 2009, conservative foundation The American Cause hosted an ill-attended event titled “Immigration and the Future of the Republican Party,” which attempted to shed light on the role of immigration in the recent elections. MORE


 Deported for Paying Their Taxes

Feb 2, 2009   Deported for Paying Their Taxes

he New York Times reports on a recent catch-22 being set up in Weld County, Colorado. Undocumented immigrants can either risk the consequences of failing to pay their taxes over several years, or risk deportation when a rogue sheriff’s office seizes confidential tax returns from tax preparation services. MORE


Dobbs, FOX News, and Drudge Report Push False AP Story

Jan 30, 2009   Dobbs, FOX News, and Drudge Report Push False AP Story

On January 29, 2009, Associated Press staff writer Julie Hirschfeld Davis, released the article “Hill Republican: Stimulus aids illegal immigrants” where the false assertion was made that the Stimulus package would provide money for undocumented immigrants. MORE


 No Bathroom Breaks: Giving Birth in a Detention Center

Jan 29, 2009   No Bathroom Breaks: Giving Birth in a Detention Center

With three to four days to deliver a baby, Juana was making last minute prenatal visits when she was surprisingly pulled over by a police officer. Juana asked why she had been pulled over, but the officer ignored her inquiries and demanded to see Juana’s driver’s license.


Australian Family Detained and Deported

Jan 27, 2009   Australian Family Detained and Deported

From the Sydney Morning Herald: An Australian family on a mercy dash to a dying relative in the United States were detained without food or water before being sent to a detention centre and forced to spend the night with criminal suspects. Their ordeal finished with them being deported.


ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Leave E-Verify Out of the Economic Stimulus Package

Jan 26, 2009   ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Leave E-Verify Out of the Economic Stimulus Package

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved two amendments in the economic stimulus bill that would expand the harmful and ineffective program. We urge all TII subscribers to take action and call members of the majority leadership to strip the amendments from the bill. MORE


 SPECIAL REPORT: American Legion Re-Publishes Inaccurate Immigration Booklet

Jan 22, 2009   SPECIAL REPORT: American Legion Re-Publishes Inaccurate Immigration Booklet

In April 2008, the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, launched a “national education effort” to inform its members and the general American public about immigration. The Legion distributed a booklet titled “A Strategy to Address Illegal Immigration in the United States” and instructed its 2.6 million members to start a “national dialogue” on the subject.


Michael Savage Slanders Immigrants, Again

Jan 20, 2009   Michael Savage Slanders Immigrants, Again

Michael Savage has once again made baseless claims about immigrants and refugees to defend his increasingly racist comments about who should and who shouldn’t be let into this country. MORE


President Bush: Anti-Immigrant Views Hurt Us Politically

Jan 13, 2009   President Bush: Anti-Immigrant Views Hurt Us Politically

This week, President George W. Bush spoke in his final press conference about the future of the Republican Party as well as advocating towards change in strategies for politicians in future elections.


More Truth-Stretching from FAIR

Jan 12, 2009   More Truth-Stretching from FAIR

FAIR issued another new report based on dubious facts and assertions: "Immigration Lobbying: A Window Into the World of Special Interests." The report is thin on compelling statistics and relies mainly on general paranoia over "special interest groups." MORE


 VIDEO: ABC News Exposes Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

Jan 8, 2009   VIDEO: ABC News Exposes Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

When ABC News decided to test how the immigration debate has escalated into outright xenophobia for Latino day laborers on a simple mission to order a cup of coffee, the results were astonishing. MORE


 ATTENTION: Ex-Braceros and Their Family Members

Jan 7, 2009   ATTENTION: Ex-Braceros and Their Family Members

Claims for compensation from the Mexican Social Relief Fund for the Former Mexican Migrant Workers, established by the Mexican government, will be accepted in México until January 28, 2009. This is true even though the time to file within the United States ended January 5, 2009.


  "Immigration Myths and the Facts Behind the Fallacies"

Dec 4, 2008   "Immigration Myths and the Facts Behind the Fallacies"

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has noted, there is a great deal of misinformation regarding the effects of immigration. It is critical that the public and policymakers are educated about the facts behind many of these fallacies.


 Missouri Town Releases Information on Litigation Costs

Nov 24, 2008   Missouri Town Releases Information on Litigation Costs

11-24-2008 Last week, the city of Valley Park, which has been involved in several legal challenges over anti-immigrant ordinances, released information showing the costs to local taxpayers in defending the various pieces of legislation


SPLC Wins $2.5 Million Verdict for Teen in Klan Case

Nov 20, 2008   SPLC Wins $2.5 Million Verdict for Teen in Klan Case

We congratulate the Southern Poverty Law Center for a court victory in Kentucky that awarded $2.5 million to a teenager who was assaulted by Klansmen because they thought he was an "illegal spic." Like the SPLC, we hope this verdict will spell the end of the Imperial Klans of America.


Media Matters Report: How Conservative Radio Smears Immigrants

Nov 18, 2008   Media Matters Report: How Conservative Radio Smears Immigrants

A new report published by Media Matters for America documents conservative radio's smears on immigrants, minorities, women, autistic children in addition to a strong fixation on President-Elect Barack Obama.


 VIDEO: MALDEF Comments on Recent String of Anti-Latino Crimes

Nov 17, 2008   VIDEO: MALDEF Comments on Recent String of Anti-Latino Crimes

MALDEF attorney Gladys Limón appeared on ABC News’ "Exclusiva" with David Puente to discuss the increase of hate crimes over the past few years, including the recent incident in Suffolk county where a 38 year-old Ecuadorian man was stabbed to death.


Anti-Immigrant Tragedy in New York

Nov 11, 2008   Anti-Immigrant Tragedy in New York

n July of this year, Truth in Immigration reported on the terrible incident in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania involving the brutal beating of Luis Ramirez by six white teenagers who yelled racial and ethnic slurs as they kicked and punched him near a city park.


Another U.S. Citizen Deported

Oct 30, 2008   Another U.S. Citizen Deported

Guillermo Olivares Romero, 25, was held at an Otay Mesa detention center from Sept. 25 until Oct. 9, when an American Civil Liberties Union attorney presented his birth certificate, school and vaccination records to immigration authorities. He was released that day.


Hate Crimes Against Latinos at New Record Levels

Oct 28, 2008   Hate Crimes Against Latinos at New Record Levels

The annual Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hate Crimes Statistics Report released yesterday documents the continued rise of crimes that police report are motivated by bias against Hispanics. In 2007, local police reported to the FBI that there were 830 victims of anti-Hispanic crimes in 595 incidents around the nation. Both of these numbers represent increases over the previous year and surpass previous highs dating back to when annual reports were first mandated by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.


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