August 18, 2011 A cynical observer might view as a bid for Hispanic votes the Obama Administration's new policy to review as many as 300,000 illegal immigration cases to focus more on deporting criminals than undocumented individuals who pose little to no risk to society.The decision would use some of the criteria of the DREAM Act, which failed to get through Congress, to show leniency to young people, especially students and military veterans brought illegally to the U.S. as small children by their undocumented immigrant parents.
President Obama makes an economic case for immigration reform at the Chamizal National Memorial on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas.
Jewel Samad/Getty Images
May 10, 2011 In his El Paso, Tex. speech Tuesday, the president had to explain why legalizing millions of illegal immigrants wouldn't hurt Americans economically. He argued that illegal immigrants force down U.S. wages since workers lacking legal status can be more readily exploited by unethical employers.
March 18, 2011 Weary of the negative attention they received last year for their controversial law getting tough on illegal immigrants, Arizona lawmakers rejected birthright citizenship bills as a distraction from state budget woes and other problems. Meanwhile, conservative Utah is leading on immigration reform.
October 7, 2010 The former CNN anchor crusaded against illegal workers while using them on his estate and more, according to an investigative report in The Nation.
October 1, 2010 Meg Whitman said she'd take a a lie-detector test to prove she's telling the truth in the matter of the undocumented housekeeper . A Los Angeles Times journalist says he has it all arranged.
September 29, 2010 California GOP governor Meg Whitman was accused by a former housekeeper, an undocumented worker who she employed for nine years, of firing the woman for political reasons.
September 24, 2010 Comedian Stephen Colbert gave a truthiness jolt to a congressional hearing on illegal ag workers.
August 30, 2010 Mexican Man Illegally In U.S. Deports Himself, Gets Visa After Year
August 3, 2010 The death of a nun killed by an illegal immigrant in an alleged DUI fuels the national debate.
July 26, 2010 Deportations of illegal immigrants are higher under President Obama than George W. Bush.
July 23, 2010 Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard must walk an immigration tightrope.
July 22, 2010 A federal judge in Phoenix was hearing lawsuits against Arizona's new anti illegal immigration law.
July 15, 2010 Utah officials say they know the database containing the names of 1,300 supposed illegal immigrants.
July 14, 2010 A group calling itself Concerned Citizens of the United States sent out a list with the names and personal information of 1,300 people it says are illegal immigrants.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/128517703/128520960" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor