Most people may have missed the story of an Arizona mother who was deported and forced to leave behind her two U.S.-born children earlier this month-but it sent ripples of fear across the country and drove many immigrant families underground. Teachers quickly grew worried that immigrant kids were no longer showing up to school.
Former state representative Robin Kelly won a special election Tuesday night, claiming the Democratic seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. Kelly, who ran on a pro-gun control platform, sailed to a smooth victory thanks in part to a nearly $2.2 million cash infusion from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pro-gun control super PAC.
The president pledged to detain and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, but to do so, he'll need to enlist the help of local authorities. Bed space was so hard to come by inside immigrant detention facilities across the country last fall that federal officials scrambled to rent out extra room in county prisons and jails.