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"As many as 1.76 million unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United
States as children could potentially be eligible for a grant of relief from deportation,
according to a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis that takes into account the
more detailed eligibility criteria outlined by the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) on August 3, 2012 for its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
initiative," says the Migration Policy Institute (link to PDF).
Dan Stein: Our Press Should Be Defending Free Speech
"A few days after the Federation for American Immigration Reform distributed an educational report at a Senate news conference, an article in Roll Call ("Did FAIR Action Violate Law?", July 31) suggested -- despite the report's nearly 100 endnotes and a purely educational purpose -- the organization might have violated a criminal statute that prevents soliciting for funds or subscriptions on Senate property," says FAIR President Dan Stein in an op-ed.
"While we understand the prohibitions on campaign fundraising on government property, this is not what we're talking about. Under the reporter's interpretation of the law, Roll Call itself would be prohibited from distributing its newspaper (free) if it contains a plug for advertising or subscriptions. Is this what our democracy has come to? Every public policy organization in this town needs to be made aware of this ludicrous allegation if it has any merit at all (which it doesn't)."
Over 100,000 Cubans Smuggled Through Ecuador Since 2007?
"Going to Ecuador is the easiest way right now to get out of Cuba," said Andy Gomez, a senior political fellow at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. "For the majority, Ecuador is a stopping point but they have to come up with the money to get to their final destination, the United States," he said," notes Insidcostarica.com.
"According to Ecuadorean official figures, between 2007 and February 2012, 106,371 Cubans entered the country legally and 97,923 left legally. It is unclear what happened to the other 8,448."
"On Aug. 1, gymnast Danell Leyva helped carry the U.S. team to a bronze medal in the All Around. The son of gymnast parents who competed for the Cuban national team, Leyva entered the country as an undocumented toddler. His stepfather and coach Yin Alvarez, originally from Mexico, swam across the dangerous Rio Grande, risking his life and future like nearly 11 million other undocumented immigrants who now call the U.S. home," says a writer at the Huffington Post.
"Though Leyva entered the country without papers, he and his family were able to legalize their status. Under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, Cubans who make it to the U.S. are automatically placed on the path to citizenship, regardless of how they have entered the country. Leyva's story demonstrates the importance of investing in immigrants, and overhauling our antiquated immigration laws that keep most immigrants from reaching their full potential and contributing to our nation."
[FAIR comment: The entire essay is an example of the hasty generalization fallacy - since the son of successful gymnasts got amnesty and succeded, millions of other people would do the same if given the chance.]