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Latinos Push to Develop Significant Voting Bloc

Growing discontent around President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration spawns voter activism among some Latinos in response to pivotal elections on the short- and long-term horizons. With civic organizational efforts around voter registration as well as individual moves toward attaining naturalized U.S. citizenship, many Latinos are seeking to elect officials with perspectives they feel are …

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Immigrants Celebrate Independence Day with Naturalized Citizenship

More than 14,000 immigrants from around the world celebrate America’s Independence Day by becoming some of the nation’s newest citizens through naturalization ceremonies. The ceremonies, taking place between June 28 and July 10, coincide with the nation’s 242nd anniversary of the Founding Fathers’ signing of the Declaration of Independence. Over the 12-day period, U.S. Citizenship …

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Employment Authorization Cards Q&A

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues employment authorization documents (EADs), commonly referred to as employment authorization cards or work authorization, to foreign nationals who fall into certain categories or carry certain statuses. The cards, obtained by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, provide the necessary documentation required to work as an employee at …

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Massachusetts Residents Rally for Immigrant Measure

In a proposed amendment to the state budget, a Massachusetts lawmaker finds faith-based and progressive support in seeking to extend a number of protections to immigrants. But even with the show of support, no prospects exist around the adoption of the Safe Communities Amendment. The amendment, proposed by Democratic Sen. Jamie Eldridge, passed the senate …

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DHS Shores Up Northern Border Strategy

With an updated Northern Border Strategy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focuses on border safeguards, safe and efficient cross-border trade and travel and also strengthening cross-border infrastructure protection. The new strategy goals and objectives draws on threat analysis conducted by the department in 2017 and replaces the 2012 Northern Border Strategy. Describing the …

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DACA Hinders Military Recruitment

While military recruitment efforts historically yield a strong presence from Hispanics, current rules around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) hinder the efforts. The primary issue, increased security vetting of non citizens, means Hispanic DACA beneficiaries find roadblocks around their efforts to enlist. “The share of the active-duty force that is Hispanic has risen rapidly …

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House Republicans Pushing DACA Vote

Moderate and conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives wrangle over taking an immigration vote to the floor just months ahead of midterm elections this fall. With current GOP control, representatives hope to hammer out a deal before Democratic-supported legislation enters into the overall debate. Both moderate and conservative Republicans support efforts to protect Deferred …

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Language Emphasis Shifts with Latino Generations

While U.S. Latinos view Spanish as an important element of cultural heritage, successive generations place less emphasis on the language than earlier immigrant arrivals. The more distant immigrant connections become, ensuring the language lives on with children declines as a priority. The snapshot on the use of Spanish within Latino homes, reported by analysts with …

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Ed. Sec. Says Immigration Status Not a School Subject

Immigration advocates scored a win of sorts in early June as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declared her view that the immigration status of students is an irrelevant topic in schools. Her statements, made in the context of a Senate hearing, walk back her May testimony to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In …

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