August 2012

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  • DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional In Yet Another Case
    Posted: 8/12/2012
    A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act in a challenge brought by married same-sex couples.
    Judge Vanessa Bryant, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Section 3 of the 1996 law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, violates equal protection guarantees. The suit, Pedersen et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al, was brought by six couples and one widower in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont who were denied federal benefits because they were legally married to a spouse of the same sex.
    In a striking opinion that exceeded 100 pages, Judge Bryant concluded that, ?having considered the purported rational bases proffered by both BLAG and Congress and concluded that such objectives bear no rational relationship to Section 3 of DOMA as a legislative scheme, the Court finds that no conceivable rational basis exists for the provision. The provision therefore violates the equal protection principles incorporated in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.?
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  • Immigration and keeping families intact
    Posted: 8/12/2012
    Encarnacion Bail Romero was arrested in 2007 at a Missouri poultry processing plant along with 135 other undocumented immigrants. She was charged with federal aggravated identity theft and sentenced to two years in prison for using a stolen Social Security number to find work. She was sent 1,000 miles away to serve her time.
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  • Encarnacion Bail Romero was arrested in 2007 at a Missouri poultry processing pl
    Posted: 8/11/2012
    On Tuesday, Mexican-born American runner Leo Manzano won a silver medal in the men?s 1,500-meter final, running the fastest time ever by a U.S. athlete at the Games. Manzano, 27, entered the U.S. at the age of 4 without papers, according to LetsRun. He didn?t gain legal residency until 10 years later.

    ?Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!?, Manzano tweeted shortly after his win. Most of his tweets throughout the Olympics have been in both Spanish and English.

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  • Report: Inconsistencies Found in State Enforcement of E-Verify Policies
    Posted: 8/11/2012
    More than a dozen states use E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires or government contractors, but a study has found that state officials have not been implementing the policy uniformly.

    Some states use the free, Internet-based system that allows employers to check the eligibility of new hires to work in the United States by running their Social Security number and date of birth through millions of government records to verify the status of all employees, while other states use it for government employees only, according to the new report by the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that supports reduced immigration.

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  • Busload of undocumented U.S. residents to protest at DNC
    Posted: 8/11/2012
    A busload of undocumented immigrants has departed for Charlotte, on its way to protest during the Democratic National Convention.

    The occupants will risk deportation to demonstrate in Mecklenburg County, where sheriff?s deputies check the immigration status of people who are arrested. The group will join hundreds of other illegal immigrants who could march during the convention, protest organizers said

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