Valeria Fernandez

New Hampshire City Debates Moratorium on Refugees

 MANCHESTER, N.H. – Ahmed was called a traitor in Iraq. The 48-year-old worked as a security manager for several American newspapers. For that he was kidnapped twice, and threatened by men half his age. Both he and his wife were shot and seriously injured by insurgents.

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Future of Anti-Immigrant State Laws on the Line for 2012

 PHOENIX, Ariz.—The year 2011 started out as a tough year for immigrants, with five states enacting harsh anti-immigration legislation modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070. But one by one, the key provisions of each of these laws – like the Arizona law that inspired them – have been blocked by federal judges. 

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Are Contradictory Immigration Laws Leaving Families in Legal Limbo?

 PHOENIX, Az. – The contents of Maria Teresa Fuentes’ immigration file take up an entire table. Legal appeals, government letters carrying bad news, attorney advertisements clipped from newspapers, technical explanations of cryptic immigration laws, a Spanish prayer printed on blue paper... Collectively, they tell the story of a fight that’s been going on for years; one that Fuentes doesn’t want to see come to an end. At least, not like this.

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Immigrant Grassroots Organizations Say Arizona Boycott is Not Over

PHOENIX, Arizona – The decision by the Hispanic advocacy group National Council of La Raza to call off a year-long boycott of Arizona for its passage of one of the nation’s toughest anti-immigrant pieces of legislation is being met with opposition by grassroots organizations determined to keep up the pressure.

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Salvadoran Immigrant Is a Rising Star in the GOP

 On a Sunday, in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise, state legislator Steve Montenegro stands behind the pulpit and preaches with confidence.

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Arizona Immigration Bills Spark High-School Protests at State Capitol

It was Tuesday around midnight when Ana, 16, received the text message: “Walk out tomorrow… It’s time to rise up, this is it. They will no longer intimidate us.”

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Latino Baseball Fans Divided on AZ Boycott

It’s hot just like any other afternoon in the Arizona summer, as baseball fans rush into the Chase Field stadium to watch a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.

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Schools Are No Longer Safe in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz -- Schools may no longer be safe zones for undocumented students in Arizona. Educators and attorneys fear that police could enforce the state’s new immigration law in the public schools.

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Arizona Legislature Makes Being Undocumented a Crime

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Arizona is on track to become the first state in the nation to make it a misdemeanor for a person to be there without legal documents.

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Immigration Courts Swamped by Backlogs

PHOENIX, Ariz. – It is not uncommon for attorney Marianne Gonko to get a hearing date in the Phoenix immigration court for 2014.

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