Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Immigrants Get Deported for Far Less Than Justin Bieber Did

Canadian pop star sensation Justin Bieber was arrested late Wednesday night on charges of drag racing in a rented Lamborghini and driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami, Florida. At the time that he failed his sobriety test, Bieber was “incoherent, had his hands in his pocket and resisted arrest without violence,” said Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez in an interview with the Miami Herald. Bieber also told Martinez that he had smoked marijuana and consumed prescription medication, according to CNN.

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Migrant Activists Enter 22nd Day of Dangerous Fast, While Legislators Drag Their Feet

On Tuesday, activists fasting for the 22nd day on the National Mall announced that they would expand efforts by passing their fast to a new group of prominent leaders as activists faced dire health consequences. House Republicans weren’t there. Instead, they were holding a two-hour committee hearing a few blocks away on whether President Barack Obama (D) has “encroach[ed] into Congress’ sphere of power” on immigration reform.

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40 Armed Gun Advocates Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence In A Restaurant Parking Lot

On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a membership meeting for the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun safety advocacy group formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Meet The Immigration Reform Activists Who Got Arrested At Yesterday’s Rally On The Mall

WASHINGTON, D.C.– At the Camino Americano: Rally and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other House members, including two House Republicans, spoke about the need for immigration reform that includes a pathway to eventual citizenship. Eight House Democrats were arrested in a show of solidarity.

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On the 1-Year Anniversary of Obama's DACA Program, Here are 7 Stories of Change

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, “a presidential initiative that grants temporary legal presence to non-criminal undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as youths by their parents. The two-year program allows DACA recipients to apply for a social security number, to legally work in the United States, and to pay taxes. It also protects them from deportation. The program has attracted more than half a million applicants. As of August, 430,236 undocumented youths have been approved.”

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Obama Admin. Deported More Than 13,000 Unaccompanied Mexican Minors in 2012

On Tuesday, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) released a report confirming that 13,454 unaccompanied Mexican minors under the age of 18 were deported from the U.S. in 2012, according toAnimal Politico.

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How Immigration Could Potentially Save Bankrupt Detroit

Detroit, a city facing financial ruin, is becoming the destination choice for immigrants looking to settle in Michigan. Immigrants now make up five percent of the city’s population, and are revitalizing the quality of life at a time that industries are vanishing. Detroit has one of the most diverse immigrant pools, with a slight majority of foreign-born Indians making up the fastest growing immigrant group, according to a major Global Detroit study released last week.

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New Law Would Allow First Graders To Take NRA-Sponsored Gun Class

First-graders may soon be able to enroll in a NRA sponsored gun class as a result of a public safety bill signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Friday.

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Father from Russia Could Be Deported For Smoking Marijuana 15 Years Ago

Alex Timofeev has lived in Madison, WI for two decades. But he could be permanently sent back to Russia for smoking marijuana as a teenager. Although Timofeev served out his sentence for three marijuana possession charges accrued 15 years ago, he is now stuck in a deportation limbo.

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Arizona Sues Community College System For Offering In-State Tuition to Undocumented Students

Arizona sued one of the nation’s largest community college systems for providing reduced tuition to undocumented college students this week. Arizona officials are specifically preventing in-state tuition to immigrants who were granted deferred action and thus given temporary legal status and the ability to work in the U.S. If successful, the lawsuit could adversely impact 13,674 such individuals who make up a portion of the 80,000 undocumented deferred action youths living in Arizona.

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