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They Aren’t Coming -- Debunking the Biggest Immigration Myth

They keep coming to the United States — the men and women from rural Mexico — to work in the flower fields, nurseries, avocado groves and sundry jobs throughout the country. Some would say that they are coming as criminal invaders.

So say rabid anti-immigrant groups such as the Center for Immigration studies (CIS), a John Tanton uber-radical organization in Washington.

There are an estimated 12 million (or fewer) illegal mostly Mexicans living and working in the country.

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Hope Comes to Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The news that the Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit today to challenge the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial immigration law was received with a sight of relief across immigrant communities in Arizona.

“I really feel that the Justice Department will be on the winning side of history. I feel strongly that this law is unconstitutional. The Justice Department is doing the job of defending U.S. citizens,” said Mary Rose Wilcox, a supervisor for District 5 in Maricopa County, Ariz. “I think when justice needs to be served, you should never look at political costs.”

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New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Jul 06, 2010

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Poll: Ethnic Voters Support Obamacare

While more people in California than anywhere else in the country support the nation’s new health care reform law, that’s largely the result of an overwhelming endorsement from ethnic minorities, according to results released today by the non-partisan The Field Poll.

In March, after months and months of wrangling on Capitol Hill, President Obama signed the landmark Health Care Act of 2010 that expands subsidized health care to millions of uninsured Americans and requires all legal residents to have health insurance or pay a fine. A number of state attorneys general -- all Republicans -- are challenging the law, saying the mandate is unconstitutional.

Many of those polled say Obama’s health care bill should only be a first step with more changes needed. This view is strongest among Latinos, blacks, Korean Americans and Chinese Americans.

Statewide, 52 percent of California voters generally support the new law and 30 percent strongly support it. While non-Hispanics whites in the state are evenly split about the new law, majorities of voters across five of the state’s other major ethnic populations are in favor of it.

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Arizona Law Spurs Conservatives to Push for Immigration Reform

Via New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 30, 2010 

Conservative leaders called on Pres. Barack Obama to make the first move on immigration reform and for Republicans to reclaim the issue from the fringe.

“The only way we can make this happen is with presidential leadership, and President Obama has failed to act,” said Alfonso Aguilar, former chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, appointed by George W. Bush, Thursday during a teleconference of conservative leaders representing faith, business and political groups. “If President Obama were to step up and seriously address the issue, Republicans would step forward and work with him to develop a plan that works. It’s the president’s turn.”

Religious leaders in Arizona said the state’s new law is already having a devastating effect on their congregations. Since SB1070 was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Friday, making it a crime to be undocumented, clergy say their parishioners have begun flocking to other states, and ministers who serve the poor are afraid that they could be prosecuted for aiding undocumented immigrants.

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Latinos, Blacks Join Fight for Civil Rights in Arizona

By New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Apr 26, 2010

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- A united front of black and Latino Arizonans mobilized against a state law that they see as a threat to their civil rights on Sunday at the First Institutional Baptist Church in downtown Phoenix. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law on Friday, making Arizona the first state in the nation to make it a crime for a person to be undocumented.

More than 3,000 people demonstrated outside the state capitol and hundreds gathered at the church to protest the law. Human rights activists, religious leaders and congressmen called for peaceful mobilizations, boycotts and, if necessary, civil disobedience to stop the legislation they believe would lead to racial profiling, unsafe communities and economic turmoil.

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How Health Care Reform Affects Immigrants

By El Diario/La Prensa, News Report, Annie Correal, Translated by Elena Shore, Posted: Mar 23, 2010

NEW YORK -- Depending on your immigration status, here’s how health care reform will affect you:

Fifteen to 20 million people will remain uninsured under the health care reform bill, the majority of them undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants will not be required to buy insurance or pay a fine of $750, a requirement that applies to the rest of the U.S. population. Certain groups will also be exempt for religious or ethnic reasons, such as American Indians.

Undocumented immigrants will not benefit from the expansion of Medicaid benefits or from government subsidies created to help citizens and residents to buy private health insurance in the exchange program.

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