News Round-Up In Brief
A final news round up before we head into 2011. Happy New Year to all of our readers!
News from the US:
- A NY Times editorial urges President Obama and his administration to continue to pursue meaningful immigration policy, even thought the Dream Act was defeated in the recent lame-duck session of Congress.
- For the first time since the earthquake last January, the federal government is planning to send immigrants convicted of crimes back to Haiti in mid-January.
- As the Census Bureau rearranged the country’s political map last week, several immigration-related demographic trends emerged. These include the lowest overall rate of population growth since the 1930s, shaped in part by the slowdown in immigration, while about 40 percent of the decade’s growth of population in Western states was driven by immigration. Immigrants fanned out across the United States in the last decade, settling in greater numbers in small towns and suburbs rather than in the cities. Finally, a new study by the Brookings Institute finds the flow of immigrants to the US has resumed after falling to the lowest level in decades during the recession.
- Ethnic tensions have boiled over in Moscow following the fatal shooting of a soccer fan by a migrant from the North Caucasus. Most migrants are Muslims who have moved the country’s major cities in search of work. The incident has stoked deep frictions between the migrants and openly racist Slavic nationalists that the government has struggled to contain.
- As squatters, mostly immigrants, have moved onto public lands in Argentina’s capital, local residents have protested, at times violently.
- The United Kingdom will end the practice of detaining children of immigrants awaiting deportation, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.
- South African immigration officials promise to register all applications by Zimbabweans to legalize their status by a year-end deadline.
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