February 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had just begun her remarks to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration when the first protester leaped to his feet. "You have destroyed our community!" he shouted. Others in the audience joined him, chanting, "Stop the deportations!" The anger at President Obama's deportation policies among some of his otherwise most ardent allies could pose a surprising complication in coming weeks to the delicate negotiations to overhaul the nation's immigration system that are now under way. The Obama administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any in history, provoking deep political tensions that could narrow the president's ability to make concessions Republicans will likely demand as part of a comprehensive deal.
December 25, 2012 |
A petition calling on the government to deport Piers Morgan for voicing antigun views had amassed more than 47,000 signatures Monday, three days after it was posted on the White House's petition website by Infowars.com. Morgan has called for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., and called a gun advocate who appeared on his CNN show an "unbelievably stupid man. " The petition demands that Morgan, a foreign national, "be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights" and for using his TV show "to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.
December 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases. The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia. Demographers say that illegal Hispanic immigration - 80 percent of all illegal immigration comes from Mexico and Latin America - isn't likely to approach its mid-2000 peak again, due in part to a weakened U.S. economy and stronger enforcement, but also because of a graying of the Mexican population.
November 14, 2012 |
By now we've all heard of the petitions filed with the White House asking to "peacefully" secede certain states from the Union. Sore losers? Or have they not studied American History? (Does the "Civil War" ring a bell? Bueller? Bueller?) Forty ominously solemn petitions, primarily from Red States, have sprouted up on https://petitions.whitehouse.gov . So it was only a matter of time before the pranksters weighed in. At least we think they're pranksters. "Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States of America" popped up on the White House website late Monday.
November 9, 2012 |
The political law of gravity suggests President Obama should not have been able to survive a weak economy and an impassioned opposition - or, at least, that it should have been tougher for him to do so. Whatever the strengths of Obama's own campaign strategy, it turns out that his victory over Mitt Romney on Tuesday also threw a spotlight on a worrisome reality for Republicans: The party looks increasingly out of step with a changing American electorate....
August 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Department of Homeland Security starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits. DHS announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal immigrants would need to prove that they are eligible for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement came a day before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was set to begin letting people apply for the program.
July 18, 2012 |
PARIS - They are among France's darkest days: Police dragged more than 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. But even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between authorities and the Nazis during World War II is unknown to many in the younger generation. Police are hoping to change that, opening up their archives on France's biggest single deportation of French Jews for the first time to the public on Thursday.
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.