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A U.S. Postal Service employee faces jail time after allegedly throwing out critical immigration documents.

Daniel Okrent’s The Guarded Gate tells the chilling story of how anti-immigration activists of the early twentieth century — most of them well-born, many of them progressives — used the bogus science of eugenics to justify closing the immigration door in 1924.


The Supreme Court ruled against President Donald Trump’s effort to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, on Thursday.




The Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in the next couple weeks and as early as this Thursday.


A National Survey On Immigration Led Me To A Rural Iowa Town Changed By Immigrants

Feb 4, 2020
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On a Monday night, a week before the Iowa caucuses, about 20 residents gathered at the Norelius library in Denison, Iowa, for a mock caucus. Latina activist Alma Puga, the organizer, called the caucuses the "Disneyland of politics."

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Last summer, the Trump administration announced a rule change that would have penalized people applying for green cards if they used public benefit programs. 

This rule is currently blocked in federal courts. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Rachel Cohen reports, advocates across Idaho have been working to make sure the announcement doesn’t stop immigrants from signing up for programs that they’re legally eligible for. 

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Benjamin Reed has been a staple on Spanish-language radio in the Magic Valley for 20 years. When he started doing his primary show, La Perrona on 99.1 FM, Reed realized he was filling a gap that extended beyond playing Latin music.


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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday evening that would make it easier for farmworkers to gain legal status in the U.S.



Civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to treat the medical and mental health needs of detainees. Two of the plaintiffs are being held in the Mountain West. 

People are protesting the U.S.’s treatment of immigrants, with vigils planned across the country for the night of Friday, July 12. Collectively, the national event is called “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps.” 

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced recently that all asylum-seekers must be detained or deported. Immigrant advocates say this will put more pressure on detention centers that are already failing to meet the needs of detainees.

A Colorado District Judge has ruled it is unconstitutional to detain inmates purely on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Similar cases have been argued throughout our region.

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People living in Idaho with cases in immigration court often don’t have a lawyer. The law says they must be notified of organizations that provide free legal services, but until last month the closest place to get representation was in Montana.

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Chakanetsa Christopher Matimba has lived in Idaho for nearly 16 years. He came from Zimbabwe on a student visa to study at Idaho State University and he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Matimba is married and has a son from a previous relationship. In June, he was detained after a deportation retainer was issued after an incident involving the mother of his son in 2007; those charges were dismissed after Matimba completed his probationary term.

City Of Boise Condemns Immigration Policy

Jun 20, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via NPR

The City of Boise signed a resolution condemning the practice of seperating children from parents and housing them in detention center. Mayor Dave Bieter and a unanimous city council signed the resolution. Council president Lauren McLean talks about the city's reputation as one welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

Immigration Holds On The Rise In Canyon County Jail

Jun 12, 2018
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Immigration holds in the Canyon County jail are on the rise, indicating an uptick in local immigration enforcement. The Idaho Press's Nicole Foy chronicled the county's immigration hold process. She joins Idaho Matters to parse out the coverage.

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The Mormon Church released a statement Friday in support of “Dreamer” immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say politicians should “create policies that provide hope and opportunities” for these young people. They said these folks have “demonstrated a capacity to serve and contribute positively in our society” and that they should continue to be given that chance.

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Last week was the deadline for so-called “Dreamers” to renew their immigration status with the federal government. Early reports show that as many as 36,000 young people did not renew their status.

How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens The Dairy Boom In Idaho

Sep 20, 2017
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There’s a cultural and economic collision occurring in southern Idaho. On one side, the anti-immigrant sentiment has expanded, fueled by conservative talk radio and the rhetoric of the Trump administration. On the other side, the dairy industry – long quiet – is speaking out about their reliance on a foreign-born labor force. And the prospect of a new contract for the county jail has both sides agitated.

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President Donald Trump’s decision to halt the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, a.k.a. DACA, sparked a range of responses across the nation. In Idaho, many leaders say the President made the right move ending the Obama-era program.