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Supreme Court won't let Arizona criminalize "harboring" migrants

Washington, Apr 21 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to restore a provision of an Arizona law that would criminalize the "harboring and transportation" of undocumented immigrants. The justices' decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact the ruling adopted in October 2013 by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which established that federal immigration law takes precedence over this provision.

US weighs curbing deportations of people without serious criminal records

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations.

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law.

U.S. court deportations fall 43 percent over five years: report

(Reuters) - Deportations through U.S. immigration courts have fallen 43 percent in the past five years as the federal government brought fewer cases before those courts, according to Justice Department data analyzed by the New York Times on Wednesday. The figures come as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans clashed openly over immigration- reform legislation that remains stalled in the Republican-led House.

White House denies migrants deported for minor offenses

Washington, Apr 7 (EFE).- The U.S. administration denied Monday that the majority of the more than 2 million deportations since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009 have been of people who committed minor offenses, as The New York Times reported. Ninety-eight percent of deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been in line with the priorities set by the administration, with a focus on threats to national security, public safety and border security, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Obama blames Congress for deportations

US President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was powerless to stop mass expulsions of illegal immigrants, which prompted one Latino advocacy group to brand him "deporter in chief." The president said Congress was requiring him to enforce existing immigration laws while balking at passing a comprehensive bill that would offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. "I am constrained in terms of what I am able to do," Obama said. "The reason why these deportations are taking place is that Congress said 'you have to enforce these laws'"

Migrant fatally shot after throwing rocks at Border Patrol agent

San Diego, Feb 19 (EFE).- An undocumented immigrant who hurled rocks at a Border Patrol agent in a remote area east of San Diego was killed when the agent responded with gunfire. The incident occurred around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday in the mountainous Otay Mesa area some 3 miles from the border, when two agents intercepted a group of undocumented migrants who had crossed from Mexico into the United States. One member of the group threw a rock at the face of an agent, who, "fearing for his life," gunned the migrant down, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

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.

Hispanic vote to be decisive in Arizona gubernatorial election

Phoenix, Jan 17 (EFE).- The Hispanic vote could be decisive in this year's elections in Arizona, where voters will choose a new governor, attorney general and superintendent of education. "The Hispanic vote will be of great importance, since it could help win an election," the Arizona director of Mi Familia Vota, Raquel Teran, told Efe. "All these offices are extremely important, they have an impact on the daily life of all Hispanics in Arizona," she said.

Activists celebrate gutting of Alabama immigration law

Activists claimed victory Wednesday after a plea deal reached in the southern US state of Alabama effectively stripped the harshest provisions from a state law restricting undocumented immigrants. Among its many provisions, the measure allowed police to demand the papers of individuals they thought might be undocumented during encounters as routine as traffic stops, often catching legal residents in the law's crosshairs.
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