North American immigrant issues

US Supreme Court ruling curbs “identity theft” arrests of immigrants

By Michael Stapleton, 28 May 2009

The Supreme Court ruled that in order to charge undocumented immigrants with identity theft, the government must prove illegal immigrants knowingly assumed the identity of another person.

Thousands march in Los Angeles to support immigrant rights

By our correspondents, 9 April 2009

An April 4 march in support of immigrant rights drew thousands of mostly Hispanic working class people to downtown Los Angeles.

Bush commutes sentences of two US Border Patrol agents

By Kate Randall, 21 January 2009

George W. Bush commuted the sentences of two former US Border Patrol agents on January 19, his last full day as president. He left office, however, without granting preemptive pardons to any officials facing liability over administration policies.

US Justice Department rulings target immigrants’ legal rights

By Tom Eley, 15 January 2009

Attorney General Michael Mukasey has issued a ruling declaring that immigrants have no constitutional right to a defense attorney in deportation proceedings. The Justice Department also unveiled a new program that aims to collect DNA from 1.2 million aliens per year.

New York City cops arrest immigrant day laborers

By Luis Arce and Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2008

The arrests last week of immigrants workers seeking casual labor has sent a chilling warning throughout Jackson Heights, a heavily immigrant neighborhood in Queens.

More than 300 workers arrested in immigration raid on South Carolina plant

By Hiram Lee, 10 October 2008

Federal agents stormed the Columbia Farms poultry plant in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday, arresting at least 330 immigrant workers.

Crisis facing immigrant workers in New York exacerbated by attacks

By Jeremy Johnson, 23 October 2001

There has been relatively little attention paid to the crisis facing immigrant workers in New York City, especially those who are undocumented, in the wake of the events of September 11.