Deportation Video Wins White House Contest, But Disappears From Winners List

April 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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by        Jorge Rivas, Wednesday, April 11 2012,  5:01 PM EST

In November 2011, the White House launched the “What’s Your Story” video challenge, asking the AAPI community to submit videos about the “issues that matter the most” to them. The Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders office received over 200 submissions and narrowed it down to 10 videos the public could vote on. But the video with the most votes (by a landslide) was ignored in the end. Read more

Immigration raid almost destroys Postville, Iowa

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Years after immigration raid, Iowa town feels poorer and less

By Liz

National Affairs Reporter

POSTVILLE, Iowa—A group of Jewish boys in
yarmulkes and winter coats walked past the “Taste of Mexico” restaurant on
Lawler Street last week on their way home from school. Minutes later, a Somali
man wearing a keffiyeh scarf around his neck passed by, perhaps on his way to
the town’s makeshift mosque on Main Street.

This improbably diverse rural town of about 2,000 people in northeastern Iowa
suffered a near-fatal shock more than three years ago when a federal immigration
raid scooped up 20 percent of its population in a single day. Read more

Obama Taking a Hard Line on Immigrants: “Secure Communities” program

February 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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By JULIA PRESTON and KIRK SEMPLE              Published: February 17, 2011

After months of internal wrangling and confusion over an ambitious nationwide program allowing state and local police agencies to identify immigrants with criminal records, Obama administration immigration officials have decided to take a hard line against communities that try to delay or cancel their participation in the program, according to documents made public late Wednesday. Read more

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