immigration

Back in 1972, John Lennon hired Leon Wildes, an immigration attorney who had no idea who he was.

Wildes' son, Michael, remembers his father coming home to tell his mother about their first meeting.

"And he said, 'A singer by the name of Jack Lemon and his wife Yoko Moto,' " Michael recalls. "My mom looked at him like he wasn't well. 'Are you talking about the Beatles and John Lennon?' My father said, 'Yeah!' "

Is Donald Trump considering wavering on a key campaign promise?

That's what several news reports published over the weekend suggest. And while the Trump campaign issued a statement denying any shift on immigration policy, top surrogates and campaign operatives hinted that a change just might be on its way.

The issue: what to do with the estimated 11 million immigrants already living in the United States illegally.

As part of a lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, new images from surveillance video have been released to the public that show detained immigrants crowded into cramped concrete holding cells in Arizona.

Carolyn Kaster / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY (Updated July 29, 2016)

On immigration, this month’s Republican and Democratic conventions were as different as pit bulls and collies.

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When loyal supporters of unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say they will not vote for Hillary Clinton, it's usually for one of two reasons: Either they believe in Sanders' political revolution and want to use their vote as a statement, or they do not fear the possibility of a President Donald Trump.

Some voters with relatives who are undocumented say they can't afford to make either of those choices, no matter how much they're feeling the Bern.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in town Tuesday night for a campaign fundraiser. Across the street was a reminder of why he’s so popular with his fans – but also why he’s so reviled by his foes.

While Trump was inside the friendly confines of his Trump National Doral Miami resort, outside dozens of activists organized by United Families demonstrated against his tough immigration platform. They held a long paper “Wall of Shame” with cutouts of Trump to protest his call to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Three groups of Cuban migrants, totaling 29 men, arrived in the Keys  Sunday and Monday. 

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 13 men came ashore on Key Largo near mile marker 99 at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a a one sentence ruling announcing, in fact, that it couldn't make a decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The action, signed in 2014, would have granted temporary legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million parents of U.S. citizens who entered the U.S. illegally prior to 2010. For those millions waiting and hoping the court would rule in favor of the executive action, what happens now?

Listen to that discussion below:

Lisann Ramos

 

South Florida immigration groups rallied in front of the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami Thursday afternoon -- against the Supreme Court split that blocks President Obama's efforts to expand immigration programs.

Star Cuban Ballerinas Ready for Their U.S. Debut

Jun 8, 2016
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Three of Cuba’s best dancers will make their U.S. debuts in the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami’s performance next Saturday. The dancers came to the U.S. for the chance to expand their repertoire beyond classical ballet, but they start next Saturday with Giselle, a classic romantic ballet they knew well in Cuba.

Mayrel Martinez and Masiel Alonso were soloists in the Cuban National Ballet before they defected last month during a Cuban National Ballet tour in Canada. They arrived in the U.S. on May 9th. 

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Federal Judge Darrin Gayles will take at least another two weeks to consider whether the American Shoal Light House – located in the Florida Straits 7 miles off Sugarloaf Key – constitutes dry land. If he rules that it does, the 21 Cuban migrants that took refuge in it can stay in the U.S.

The group of migrants swam to the lighthouse after traveling by raft from Cuba, and were taken onto a Coast Guard cutter after an eight-hour standoff on May 20th. 

Surge In Cuban Migration Shows Up At MDC

May 31, 2016

The wait began long before daybreak: By sunrise, more than 100 people had shown up. At 8 a.m., the line stretched down past the end of the building and snaked across the parking lot. Tickets to Hamilton? The new Star Wars movie?

No. The prize today was a coveted spot in English classes through Miami Dade College’s REVEST program, or Refugee/Entrant Vocational Education Services Program. George Delacruz brought his wife to sign up at 4:30 a.m. “Everybody knows, you know, ‘Hey, you have to be early. If not, you’re out!’”

Collier County Public Schools

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges Collier County Public Schools are refusing to enroll immigrant students, a violation of federal and state law. Instead, the complaint says, 16- and 17-year-olds from Haiti and Guatemala have been steered to English-only adult-education classes.

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When Luis got home last month after four months in the US, he had to unpack his bags by candlelight. 

He had taken the trip to hone his English, and to look for work that would grant him a visa allowing him to live in the US. It took him months to save for the trip. 

But ultimately, the only job offer he received would’ve required him to live and work illegally in Washington, DC.

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Diane Guerrero is best known as prison inmate Maritza Ramos in the acclaimed Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” Or as Lina in the CW series “Jane the Virgin,” set in Miami.

But Guerrero plays another, arguably more important role nowadays: celebrity immigration-reform spokesperson.

And for good reason. In 2001, when she was 14 years old, Guerrero came home from school one day to find her parents had disappeared. Her mother and father were undocumented immigrants from Colombia – and that day they had been deported.

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