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The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 41: All immigrants are “animated” or “vibrant.” Especially women.

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March 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

FBI intends to trawl controversial immigration program

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Over at Open Channel, msnbc’s investigative blog, I’ve posted a look at some internal federal documents that shed more light on Secure Communities, the ICE program that opponents say is meant to round up and deport all illegal immigrants. The FBI, it appears, is more closely involved than we previously knew for sure.

FBI intends to trawl controversial ICE program (Alex Johnson/Open Channel)

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July 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

States seek to copy Arizona immigration law

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This co-production was reported with Vanessa Hauc of Telemundo and cross-posted from msnbc.com. Read the original in context, with a state-by-state box.

Arizona’s hot-button immigration law is on hold, pending court appeals, but its effects are rippling across the country as state legislatures reconfigured by the November elections begin their new sessions.

The disputed Arizona law would allow law enforcement officers to demand proof of legal immigration status from anyone they stop.
In July, a U.S. district judge granted the Obama administration’s request for an injunction blocking parts of the trailblazing law, which raised many legal questions, including whether local officials can legally enforce federal immigration law and whether such local enforcement could lead to unconstitutional racial profiling.

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February 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

Reporting: ‘Voluntary’ immigration program really isn’t

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Cities and counties can’t stop U.S. immigration officials from sifting through local police records to root out illegal immigrants, even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement has characterized the program as voluntary since it started up two years ago, federal documents show. …

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October 15, 2010 at 7:25 am

Reporting: Arizona immigration law has echoes across U.S.

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Arizona officers on Thursday began enforcing the state’s new immigration law — what’s left of it, anyway. In the small town of Fremont, Neb., they’re not even bothering.

Arizona and Fremont are at the forefront of the movement by state and local governments to get tough with illegal immigrants, rather than rely on the federal government’s efforts to address the problem. But they are learning that simply passing a law is far from enough.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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July 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

Reporting: Utah close to determining whether state resources used in immigrant list

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Utah officials said they were close to identifying the possible source of a mysterious list purporting to identify 1,300 illegal immigrants, acknowledging that a state employment database compiles all the information cited in the document — a database available to more than a thousand state employees.

UPDATE 8 p.m. ET: Utah officials now say they have found evidence the state Workforce Services Department database was breached and will turn the evidence over to the attorney general’s office.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com with KSL-TV)

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July 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

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