In this week's feature, "Asylum Insanity," author Keegan Hamilton explores the convoluted process that asylum seekers go through when they show up at the U.S. border requesting sanctuary. As Hamilton reports this can sometimes mean long stretches of time in detention centers: "It's really tragic," ... More >>
After an adjustment to its enrollment policy, St. Louis Community College will now allow undocumented immigrant students with a U.S. high school diploma to pay in-jurisdiction tuition rates, a move that is celebrated by Latino groups as a huge step forward for immigrant youth. According to STLCC's ... More >>
Back in July, Daily RFT reported on Jourdan and Kirk who were -- as far as we knew -- one of, if not the, first local, same-sex couple to apply for a marriage-based green card after the demise of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. There's a happy update to the story -- Jourdan has been approved! ... More >>
Jourdan and Kirk have a pretty standard love story. Banker meets librarian, they date, fall in love, move in together and get married. "It's not exceptional other than, it's two guys," says Kirk as he sits beside Jourdan in their attorney Jim Hacking's office. (The couple asked Daily RFT to use onl ... 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 >>
Joan Suarez of Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates; immigration-rigths attorney Pari Sheth, Kim Allen Murray of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and former Gov. Bob Holden.The state of Missouri and the St. Louis region are shedding its once robust percentages of immigrants, and if not ... More >>
C'mon in, huddled masses!A new study by researchers at Saint Louis University looks at how Missourians feel about immigrants living in our state. Turns out, we hew pretty closely to the national conversation, and our feelings break down somewhat predictably by political party affiliation. There a ... 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 >>
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?
So, as we've reported earlier, Tuesday night was Tea Party night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks that night and the St. Louis Tea Party was there in force for a "buycott" in support of Arizona and its recent law to crack down on illegal immigrants. As St. Tea ... More >>
Rob Krentz's family talks about the life and death of the murdered Arizona rancher
Image SourceWhen you gotta go, you gotta go.The St. Charles County Council voted 6-1 Monday night to approve a "nonbinding resolution" that endorses Arizona's harsh new immigration law and calls on the Missouri legislature to enact a similar measure.Mark Schlinkmann had the scoop yesterday aftern ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reign of terror becomes Arizona policy, thanks to state Senator Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer
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 >>
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 >>
The Mexican explains a Mex-centric phenomenon.
8 p.m. Friday, May 11. Lucas School House (1220 Allen Avenue).
And we expect everyone else to do the same."
St. Louis immigrants are tired of playing the naturalization waiting game.
Tim Hogan is fighting to get his family out of a bureaucratic no-man's land