Illinois law now officially says that undocumented immigrants can legally obtain driver's licenses -- a big win for advocacy groups that argue the change is a boost for public safety and law enforcement on the roads. Lawrence Benito, an Illinois immigration advocate, tells Daily RFT that this new ... More >>
The story of Carlos Jamison Moser, the 5-year-old biological son of Encarnacion Bail of Guatemala and the adoptive son of Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage, continues to drag through the American legal system. Yesterday Judge David Jones ruled in juvenile court that the Mosers could proceed with th ... More >>
Some of you have been inquiring about the legal status of Carlos Jamison Moser, the five-year-old boy in Carthage, Missouri, who is the focus of a landmark adoption battle that's been waged over the past four years. We chronicled the story behind Carlos' adoption case in our Oct. 20 feature, The B ... More >>
Missouri Department of Mental HealthHe came for the American dream, but this is what Javier Calleja will likely get.In a unanimous opinion made public this morning, a three-member panel of judges with the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Eastern District sent a pointed -- some might say ironi ... More >>
Pinella County Sheriff via Angie's ListDavid Peer and Moshe Aharoni accused of defrauding Missourians.The U.S. Attorney's Office of Eastern Missouri last week handed down another round of indictments last week against Dependable Locks, a Florida-based locksmith accused of extorting customers in M ... More >>
What's an illegal immigrant gotta do to get some false paperwork around here? Evidently, it's become more difficult now that feds have busted a trio of St. Louis-based Mexicans operating a fake-document mill that would seem to rival Kinko's in one-stop-shopping efficiency. Resident alien c ... More >>
Koster: Como se dice "bandwagon" in espanol?Two days after Republicans bolstered their numbers in the Show-Me State and across the nation, Missouri's Republican-turned-Democrat attorney general is out with a move that's sure to please the Tea Party masses. Chis Koster announced today he is leadin ... More >>
A San Diego restaurateur stands up for illegal immigrants working in kitchens. The New York Times goes in-depth on the hush-hush issue of illegal workers, the blind eye that's been turned, and the sudden upswing in crackdowns by federal investigators. Despite a federal indictment last April, San Die ... More >>
Sheriff JoeThe Department of Justice today filed a lawsuit alleging that Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio is blocking its investigation into possible civil rights violations within his Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. Arpaio is well known in Arizona -- and increasingly nationwide -- for his sweeps ... More >>
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone
Today, "amnesty" is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Rob Krentz's family talks about the life and death of the murdered Arizona rancher
Image sourceMaria Chappelle-Nadal is smiling but really she's outraged.Last week, we reported on HB 2449 and Rep. Mark Parkinson's plan to propose a strict new immigration law in Missouri similar to the one recently enacted in Arizona. On Monday, the Republican from St. Charles explained that he ... More >>
Image viaMark Parkinson: "95 percent of my constituents wanted me to get tough on illegal immigration"Last week, Daily RFT reported on HB 2449, a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives that would stiffen penalties for people who "harbor" undocumented immigrants in Missouri and make ... More >>
Image viaThe flag in the background is all the proof of citizenship Mark Parkinson needs.Arizona's strict new immigration law gives police the authority to check a person's documentation when "reasonable suspicion" exists that the suspect is in the country illegally. As public outrage against the ... More >>
Chuck GatschenbergerSo, just for fun, let's review how St. Charles state representatives are banning together to stop all those funny speaking foreigners (read: suspected illegal aliens) from driving in Missouri. First there's Chuck Gatschenberger (R - St. Charles County) who -- when not filing l ... More >>
I subscribe to an email list-serve for immigration issues. The email thread can -- at times -- be helpful for discovering news bits on legislative concerns, law enforcement initiatives and social matters important to the foreign-born community. So when the following email showed up four time ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergBranson at night is a scary place. Especially when you're there against your will.Branson, to put it mildly, is an unusual place. As I reported back in 2007, the southwestern Missouri town is something like a '50s fantasy camp. Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff keeps the Cold ... More >>
The Mexican explains a Mex-centric phenomenon.
Why do Mexicans crank their music up so loud?
Can't a guy get some one-on-one time?
(And Mayor Whitteaker doesn't come out looking too good.)
And we expect everyone else to do the same."
Many Valley Park residents want their mayor to step down.
A small-town mayor's plan creates one big controversy.