HEADLINES: Immigration

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Federal authorities say they won’t deport six [undocumented] immigrants arrested during a Phoenix protest over Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration policies. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that they determined that the protesters did not fall under “ICE’s enforcement priorities.” Nearly 150 people were at Tuesday’s rally, which blocked a street in front of a high school. The six were arrested for obstructing a thoroughfare and disorderly conduct. They included two girls, ages 16 and 17, two 20-year-old women, an 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. [Associated Press]

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that stopped a Dallas suburb’s ban on undocumented immigrants seeking housing. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Farmers Branch, TX overstepped its authority in 2008 when it passed a law calling on the city’s building inspector to check the immigration status of anyone wanting to rent an apartment who wasn’t a U.S. citizen. Under the law, undocumented immigrants would have been barred from rental housing, and landlords who knowingly allowed them to stay could have their rental licenses barred. The appellate court said the city was seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants, particularly Latinos, under the guise of policing housing. [Associated Press]

U.S. policies and laws aimed at improving the nation’s immigration system have unintentionally spurred more immigrants – authorized or not – to stay in the United States, according to a new paper released today by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The paper, “Unintended Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy” seeks to explain the reasons behind the surge in immigrants from Latin America since 1965, placing blame on the elimination of a legal – but vilified – migrant worker program, intervention in wars in various Latin American countries and more difficulties in entering – legally or otherwise – the United States. The report’s authors, Douglas S. Massey and Karen A. Pren, argue that the surge of immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries was caused by unintended consequences, rather than designed policy and legislative reforms. [California Watch]

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