WBEZ | undocumented workers http://www.wbez.org/tags/undocumented-workers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Appeals court deals blow to Obama's immigration plan http://www.wbez.org/news/appeals-court-deals-blow-obamas-immigration-plan-113719 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/obama_immigration_custom-736ffe3644f565465e50f2237116dc6cad6f0c2a-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res455440370" previewtitle="It was about a year ago that President Obama announced executive actions that would shield millions of immigrants from deportation."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="It was about a year ago that President Obama announced executive actions that would shield millions of immigrants from deportation." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/10/obama_immigration_custom-736ffe3644f565465e50f2237116dc6cad6f0c2a-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="It was about a year ago that President Obama announced executive actions that would shield millions of immigrants from deportation. (Pool/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>(UPDATED AT 11:32 A.M. ET.)</p></div></div></div><p>A federal appeals court in New Orleans dealt President Obama a big blow on Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/15/15-40238-CV0.pdf">when it ruled</a>&nbsp;that Obama had overstepped his legal authority in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/11/20/365519963/obama-will-announce-relief-for-up-to-5-million-immigrants">attempting to shield</a>up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.</p><p>The Obama administration has vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Richard Gonzales filed this report for our Newscast unit:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;The 2-to-1 ruling upholds&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/02/17/386905806/federal-judge-blocks-obama-s-executive-actions-on-immigration">an injunction by a federal judge in Texas</a>&nbsp;who blocked President Obama&#39;s executive actions on immigration.</em></p><p><em>&quot;It was just about a year ago when the president announced his plan to allow parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to remain here and work without fear of deportation.</em></p><p><em>&quot;He also wanted to extend that protection to younger immigrants brought here as children. That plan was challenged by 26 states, led by Texas. The appellate court agreed that the president had overreached his authority.</em></p><p><em>&quot;Immigration activists argued that the president was acting within his authority.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>In a statement, Department of Justice spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the department disagrees with the ruling.</p><p>&quot;The Department of Justice remains committed to taking steps that will resolve the immigration litigation as quickly as possible in order to allow DHS to bring greater accountability to our immigration system by prioritizing the removal of the worst offenders, not people who have long ties to the United States and who are raising American children,&quot; Rodenbush said.</p><p>At issue here is whether the executive actions fit within the powers of prosecutorial discretion granted to the executive branch.</p><p>A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Obama&#39;s executive action goes beyond merely saying that the executive would not try to deport these immigrants. Instead, the majority argues, Obama&#39;s executive action also allows those individuals to be &quot;lawfully present&quot; in the United States.</p><p>&quot;[Obama&#39;s immigration plan] is foreclosed by Congress&#39; careful plan; the program is &#39;manifestly contrary to the statute&#39; and therefore was properly enjoined,&quot; the two judges in the majority write.</p><p>In English, it means that the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 expressly lays out how and when an immigrant can legally remain in the country. The president, the court ruled, cannot unilaterally change that, even if Congress refuses to enact new immigration laws.</p><p>Another sticking point in this case is that the Obama administration argued that the court should not even be taking up this issue because it cannot review prosecutorial discretion action that the executive is making on a case-by-case basis.</p><p>The Obama administration argued that&#39;s how it would roll out this program, but the court dismissed that argument.</p><p>The lone dissenter in the case, Judge Carolyn Dineen King, writes that when the court dismissed that claim, it went way too far.</p><p>&quot;Although the very face of the Memorandum makes clear that it must be applied with such [case-by-case] discretion, the district court concluded on its own &mdash; prior to [the immigration program&#39;s] implementation, based on improper burden-shifting, and without seeing the need even to hold an evidentiary hearing &mdash; that the Memorandum is a sham, a mere &#39;pretext&#39; for the Executive&#39;s plan &#39;not [to] enforce the immigration laws as to over four million illegal aliens,&#39; &quot; King writes.</p><p>King concludes: &quot;I have a firm and definite conviction that a mistake has been made.&quot;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/10/455438464/appeals-court-deals-blow-to-obamas-immigration-plan?ft=nprml&amp;f=455438464" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/appeals-court-deals-blow-obamas-immigration-plan-113719 Latino group joins lawsuits against Indiana over immigration law http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-group-joins-lawsuits-against-indiana-over-immigration-law-95097 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-21/AP080314026008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>La Union Benefica Mexican has been around for decades in Northwest Indiana.</p><p>The East Chicago-based not-for-profit group has been hosting its annual Mexican Independence Day parade for years.</p><p>And, the group, known as the UBM for short, promotes Mexican culture and traditions throughout the year with events and gatherings.</p><p>But the UBM is taking a more serious tone in joining a federal lawsuit against Indiana’s anti-illegal immigration law, SB 590.</p><p>Although adopted last Spring by the Indiana General Assembly, certain provisions of S.B. 590 have yet to take effect since a federal judge’s injunction kicked in last summer.</p><p>Still, Antonio Barreda, head of the UBM, says the bill discriminates against Latinos, not just those who may be in the United States illegally.</p><p>“The law itself could violate not only immigrants but American citizens such as I and many others,” Barreda told WBEZ on Wednesday. “It also gives businesses the opportunity to become even more discriminatory by not hiring Hispanics.”</p><p>Barreda said UBM is join in its lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, or MALDEF. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis.</p><p>In a written statement, MALDEF says the bill “poses severe and immediate threats to the United States Constitution and to the livelihood of anyone who 'looks' to local authorities like an undocumented immigrant.”</p><p>“This challenge is necessary to send a message to anti-immigrant groups that their efforts to pass Arizona-style legislation in the Midwest are not welcome and will be resisted,” Alonzo Rivas, MALDEF Midwest Regional Counsel said in a statement.</p><p>The Republican-controlled Indiana State House pushed S.B. 590, although many Hoosier Democrats supported the measure which drew harsh criticism and protest by those opposed to it.</p><p>Several more controversial aspects were nixed from the bill, such as giving an Indiana State Trooper the right to pull over anyone who appeared to be an undocumented immigrant.</p><p>But other provisions, primarily against businesses who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants, remain in the law.</p><p>The bill is already being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union.</p><p>Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana is seeking to delay hearings on all challenges to the bill until the U.S. Supreme Court decides Arizona’s own tough immigration law.</p><p>“We will be seeking a stay in this case in addition to the previous case while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge to Arizona’s immigration statute. Indiana will join with other states in seeking a ruling from the Supreme Court that will provide some guidance to states on immigration since Congress has thus far failed to enact or enforce federal immigration policies,” Zoeller said in a statement to WBEZ on Tuesday.</p><p>IN December, the U.S. Supreme Court announced plans to hear the case challenging Arizona’s immigration law this spring.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 01:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-group-joins-lawsuits-against-indiana-over-immigration-law-95097 Lou Dobbs Used Illegal Workers On His Properties: Report http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/lou-dobbs-used-illegal-workers-his-properties-report <p><p>Lou Dobbs, the former CNN anchor who tapped into the wave of popular anger against undocumented workers, is being accused of benefiting directly from the labor of some of those workers on his own properties.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/155209/lou-dobbs-american-hypocrite?page=0,0">investigative piece in The Nation</a> is getting much attention. An excerpt:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>But with his relentless diatribes against "illegals" and their employers, Dobbs is casting stones from a house—make that an estate—of glass. Based on a yearlong investigation, including interviews with five immigrants who worked without papers on his properties, <em>The Nation</em> and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute have found that Dobbs has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>As the story points out Dobbs, who has a radio show, has left open the possibility of a run for Senate or even the White House.</p><p>It's safe to say the Nation's report won't be helpful to those ambitions. Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. 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