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U.S. Supreme Court declines immigration cases

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected attempts by towns in Texas and Pennsylvania to revive local laws that cracked down on illegal immigration.

Migrants with undocumented kin reluctant to sign up for Obamacare

Washington, Feb 27 (EFE).- Some immigrant families who are eligible for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act remain reluctant to sign up because they fear it could lead to the deportation of undocumented relatives, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center said Thursday. "We want the community to understand that there are no immigration consequences, that there are no deportation procedures," Marielena Hincapie said in a teleconference with Spanish-language media.

Migrants with undocumented kin reluctant to sign up for Obamacare

Washington, Feb 27 (EFE).- Some immigrant families who are eligible for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act remain reluctant to sign up because they fear it could lead to the deportation of undocumented relatives, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center said Thursday. "We want the community to understand that there are no immigration consequences, that there are no deportation procedures," Marielena Hincapie said in a teleconference with Spanish-language media.

Rising immigration embarrasses Britain's Cameron before vote

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to cut annual net migration to below 100,000 was undermined on Thursday after figures showed the net flow of migrants coming into Britain rose by 37 percent to 212,000 people in the year to September 2013. With polls regularly showing immigration to be one of the top three concerns for Britons, Cameron is under pressure ahead of European elections in May and a national election next year to make good on his promise to cut net migration to the "tens of thousands" by 2015.

Court nixes deportation order against Philippine woman

The Tokyo High Court allowed a Philippine woman, an illegal immigrant, to stay in Japan on Wednesday, reversing an initial ruling that upheld a deportation order against her. Presiding Judge Koichi Namba said the 55-year-old woman has lived in the country "peacefully for more than 20 years" and that her de facto marriage to a Japanese man prior to the deportation order had been stable.

Chinese migrants quit coastal cities to save money, be nearer home

By Natalie Thomas BEIJING (Reuters) - More migrant workers deserted China's coastal regions last year, as lower living costs and proximity to home trumped higher wages, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said. Data published on Thursday found the number of migrants working in China's eastern coastal region decreased by 0.2 percent in 2013, compared with a 9.4 percent increase in central China.

Obama urged to halt deportations of the undocumented

Chicago, Feb 17 (EFE).- On the occasion of the Presidents' Day celebrations, pro-immigrant groups launched Monday a national campaign asking Barack Obama to sign an executive order ending deportations. "Latino immigrant leaders and allies launch a campaign asking the President to use 'The Power of the Pen' to provide immediate relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants," the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, or NALACC, said in a statement.

Football: Qatar issues worker welfare charter for World Cup

Qatar issued new guidelines Tuesday aimed at protecting thousands of expatriate workers employed on construction projects for the finals of the 2022 World Cup. The gas-rich Gulf state has faced mounting criticism from human rights groups over the safety and working conditions of migrants working in its booming construction industry.

French court rejects residency for deported Roma schoolgirl's family

A French court Tuesday rejected an appeal for residency for the family of a Roma schoolgirl whose deportation sparked outrage and student protests in the country. A court in the eastern city of Besancon ruled that the public magistrate handling the case had been right in upholding the October 9 expulsion of 15-year-old Leonarda Dibriani, her parents and six siblings to Kosovo. The Dibriani family can appeal the latest ruling. The case triggered outrage as Leonarda was taken by the authorities while she was on a school trip.

Number of undocumented immigrants arrested in the U.S. declines

Washington, Jan 27 (EFE).- The number of undocumented immigrants arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped 23 percent nationwide between Sept. 30, 2012, and August 2013, though it increased in a half-dozen cities, according to Homeland Security figures. The monthly average of undocumented immigrants arrested shot up by 78 percent in Buffalo, New York. At the same time it rose in Philadelphia by 10 percent, in New Orleans by 7 percent, in Detroit by 6 percent, and in Saint Paul, Minnesota, by 5 percent.
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