News Round Up In-Brief
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- France could still be sued by the European Union in the coming weeks if it is found to have violated anti-discrimination laws with its expulsion of Roma migrants, the union’s justice chief said.
- Asylum and immigration issues were focal points in Australia’s recent election campaign. The government has now unveiled plans for more detention centers to accommodate an increasing number of asylum seekers, as well moving children and family groups from detention into community-based accommodations as part of a more “humane” approach.
- In the UK, three security guards have been arrested over the death of a man on a plane at Heathrow Airport, as he was being deported from the UK to Angola.
- Canadian government officials have put forward legislation setting out tougher penalties for those caught smuggling illegal migrants into the country. Critics have already voiced disapproval over the proposed law, saying it treats refugees like criminals.
- As the immigration and Islam debate rages through Germany after chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed the failure of multiculturalism, the German president defused the situation on his visit to Turkey by affirming that immigrants have a positive influence on German society.
Updates from the US:
- With the DREAM Act on hold, students across the country continue organized efforts to “come out” as illegal, as this poignant NY Times story tells.
- Nearly one in five Americans are either immigrants or were born in the United States to at least one parent from abroad, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
- Meanwhile, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce seeks support from colleagues to revise the Constitution’s 14th Amendment to restrict automatic U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday a 17% drop in Border Patrol arrests this year shows heightened enforcement is slowing illegal immigration.
- …and the circus continues in the run-up to the Nov. 2 midterm elections, as candidates across the political spectrum have found one common enemy: foreigners. In political commercials around the country, candidates are sounding a nativist tone and castigating their opponents as supporters illegal immigrants.