The influx of unaccompanied minors across the southern border has mounted pressure for reform, but executive action on the issue has slowed. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thomas Hodgson, sheriff of Bristol County, Massachusetts, who has overseen the placement of 989 unaccompanied minors in his region, to discuss the exploitation many of these children encounter. Continue reading
Australian immigration officials are weighing the case of Grammy, who was born via surrogacy in Thailand and was rejected by his biological parents. Grammy has down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, and is living with his 21 year-old surrogate mother in Thailand. His twin sister, born in good health, was brought back to Australia. Continue reading
Meet the Fofanas — a Baltimore family facing a constant threat of deportation. Their story, which features three distinct immigration battles within one household, shines a light on the complexities of the U.S. immigration system and the challenges facing reform. Continue reading
Descendants of Sephardic Jews, who were expelled from Spain in 1492, will now be allowed to seek Spanish nationality without having to give up their current citizenship.
The law, passed by the Spanish government Friday, will give the opportunity for a potential 3.5 million people across several countries to apply for Spanish nationality if they can prove their Sephardic ancestry. Applicants, Reuters reports, do not have to be practicing Jews.
Obama reiterated his preference for a concrete route to citizenship. But he said he doesn’t want to “prejudge” what might land on his desk and would have to evaluate the implications of a process to allow people get legal status and then have the option to become citizens. Continue reading
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Just how significant is the announcement out of California that a Republican congressman will co-sponsor legislation providing a pathway to citizens for millions of undocumented people living in the country? Alan Gomez, who reports on immigration issues for USA Today, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more. Continue reading
Unwilling to consider the Senate’s comprehensive approach to immigration, House Republicans are instead working on four options that stress security and enforcement. Ray Suarez talks to Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., who advocates the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship along as part of a complex and lasting solution. Continue reading
It is unconstitutional to make voters prove their U.S. citizenship to be able to register to vote. The Supreme Court made that reversal to Arizona law in a 7-2 decision. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal breaks down the details of that ruling with Judy Woodruff. Continue reading
Ray Suarez talks to Maria de los Angeles Torres of University of Illinois at Chicago and Julia Sweig from the Council on Foreign Relations about the economic benefits for citizens living both in Cuba and the U.S., and how the new policy could open up a new, more mobile way of life for Cubans. Continue reading
Reversing what had been Cuba’s policy since 1959, most Cuban citizens can now travel abroad without a special exit permit and letter of invitation. Some see the policy reversal as an important step for reform, while others view it as a cynical move to purge the country of dissident voices. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading