June 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - There's not much President Obama can do to boost the economy in the next five months, and that alone might cost him the election. But on a range of social issues, Obama is bypassing Congress and aggressively using his executive powers to make it easier for gays to marry, women to obtain birth control, and, now, young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. It's a gamble that might fire up conservatives, many of whom remain cool to Republican Mitt Romney. Democrats think it's more likely to inspire enthusiasm among groups that were crucial to Obama's 2008 victory - young voters, women, and Hispanics.
June 17, 2012 |
The news that President Obama was relaxing deportation rules so many illegal immigrants who came to the country as children could stay and work should have been good news for Bryn Mawr College senior Jessica Hyejin Lee, who fills the bill exactly. But she's not ready to break out the champagne. "He already had promised a similar policy before and it just didn't do anything. Dreamers kept getting deported," Lee said, referring to undocumented youths who support the stalled national DREAM Act, which would offer a path to legal status for some two million young people.
May 29, 2012
13 children killed in Qatar blaze DOHA, Qatar - Qatar's Interior Ministry said 13 children were among 19 people killed in a fire that broke out Monday in one of the country's fanciest shopping malls, raising questions about building safety in the booming Gulf state. At least some of the victims died as rescuers struggled to reach a child-care center at the Villaggio mall in the capital, Doha, according to Qatar's minister of state for interior affairs, Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani.
February 20, 2012 |
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ana Jimenez and her husband were so terrified of being sent back to their native Mexico when Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants took effect that they fled more than 2,000 miles to Los Angeles, cramming into a two-bedroom apartment with more than 20 other relatives. Now they are among the families returning to cities like Birmingham; the mass deportations never materialized and courts blocked parts of the law. No one knows how many people initially left the state, so it is impossible to say how many have returned.
February 2, 2012
PHILADELPHIA He's guilty of 2 heists After a weeklong trial, John Gassew, 25, of Frankford, was found guilty by a federal jury yesterday of two gunpoint robberies in December 2007 and October 2009. Authorities said that Gassew robbed Danny Boy's Bar, on Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg, threatening employees and patrons with a gun Dec. 9, 2007. On Oct. 28, 2009, Gassew robbed a convenience store on Oxford Avenue in Fox Chase, stealing almost $5,000 worth of cigarettes and $140 in cash.
January 31, 2012 |
YANELLI HERNANDEZ has tried to commit suicide twice and could do so again if she's deported to her home country of Mexico, where she hasn't lived for nine years and no longer has immediate family, immigrant-rights activists say. They point to the November suicide of Joaquin Luna, 18, of Texas, as an example of an undocumented immigrant who killed himself because, advocates argue, he suffered from the pressures of being in this country illegally....
January 18, 2012 |
LONDON - An extremist cleric described as one of Europe's leading al-Qaeda operatives should not be deported to face terrorism charges in Jordan because of the risk that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him, Europe's highest court ruled Tuesday. After a six-year legal battle, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that deporting Abu Qatada from Britain, where he is in prison custody, would "give rise to a flagrant denial of justice. " Abu Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, is an extremist Muslim preacher from Jordan who has been described in Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaeda figure in Europe.
December 7, 2011 |
FIRED ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby's drunken driving charge jeopardizes an agreement the former NHL player reached to avoid potential deportation following an arrest earlier this year. Erie County (N.Y.) DA Frank Sedita called Barnaby's arrest "a serious matter," and warned it could have consequences on the Canadian's status in the United States because of a previous run-in with the law. The 38-year-old is from Ottawa was fired by ESPN on Monday, a day after being charged with drunken driving near his suburban Buffalo home.
October 24, 2011 |
It is an oddity of the Obama years: A president who wants new pathways to legal residency for millions of undocumented immigrants is deporting them at a record rate. From Oct. 1, 2010, to the end of last month, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials expelled 396,906 illegal immigrants - the largest number in the agency's history. Annual deportations have increased 400 percent since 1996, with "more than a million people [expelled] since the beginning of the Obama administration," notes a University of California at Berkeley Law School study released this month.