Month: July 2015

Family detention centers sites of mistreatment, lawyers say

Lawyers who provide pro bono services to undocumented immigrants in family detention in Texas recently wrote a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to describe alleged mistreatment. This comes just after a federal judge has ruled it is against a prior settlement to keep children and their mothers in family detention centers. The Catholic Legal …

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New CA law allows broader access to professional licenses

A new law, introduced in California as SB 1159, will require the 39 licensing boards of the California Department of Consumer Affairs to accept federal taxpayer ID numbers instead of Social Security numbers as proof of identification by 2016. This means undocumented immigrants, who do not have access to Social Security numbers, will be able …

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Most undocumented immigrants not the target of enforcement

A report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, found up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants would likely be able to stay in the U.S. under new immigration enforcement programs. Immigration reform has been a hot topic, and many aspects of the Obama administration’s plans in this area have been contested. However, the …

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Texas allegedly denies birth certificates to U.S.-born children

Children born in the United States are by law entitled to U.S. citizenship, regardless of whether their parents are citizens. However, Texas is allegedly erecting very high barriers to undocumented immigrants looking to get birth certificates for their children. There is a lawsuit in Texas, filed in the U.S. District Court in Austin, addressing this …

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Recommendations to update immigration process revealed

As part of his efforts toward immigration reform, President Barack Obama called for federal agencies to begin to make the process of applying for a visa more modern and digitized. Currently, applying for a green card, visa or other necessary immigration document involves many steps and a lot of paper. A task force convened on this …

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Crime and immigration

News of immigration reform efforts has been accompanied recently by speculation about immigration and crime. A tragic shooting in California gave rise to many pundits making comments about whether there are connections between crime and immigration, and whether undocumented immigrants are high-risk for committing crimes. The Washington Post pointed out that Mexican-born immigrant males between …

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California considering work permits for undocumented farmworkers

As immigration reform on the national level continues, California lawmakers are beginning to take certain matters into their own hands, according to The Los Angeles Times. The state is considering a law that would allow undocumented farmworkers to obtain work permits. This is the second time such a measure has been under consideration in California. …

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