Month: July 2011

Webinar aims to educate businesses about new immigration laws

Alabama employers got an education about the state's new immigration law thanks to a webinar hosted by the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, WNCF reports. Participants connected through the internet to the live event, which took place on July 26. The hour-and-a-half program was archived for people seeking information …

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Baltimore Business Shut Down After Immigration Scam

Loma International Business Group in Baltimore has been forced to shut down after details emerged of an alleged immigration scam operating out of the office, according to the Better Business Bureau. Spanish-speaking immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador were victims of the scheme, as they forked over money to the business with the understanding that …

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Federal Government Plans Spanish Language Immigration Info Session

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reaching out to the Spanish-speaking immigrant population in the country by offering "Enlace" public engagement sessions for free. The most recent session is scheduled for July 28. These informational meetings and open forums for discussion, all in Spanish, allow many immigrants to access information that they may …

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DREAM Act signed in Los Angeles

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the DREAM Act recently, allowing undocumented immigrant students in the state to enjoy in-state tuition to college. According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill also allows undocumented students to apply for scholarships funded by private donors. Brown's signing comes after three failed attempts at similar bills, which were either …

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Day Laborers Help Teach Illegal Immigrants Though Theater

A theater group has developed performances on employer abuses to help empower and educate workers. The actors involved have experience with the subject matter, as they are all day laborers such as construction workers, painters and maids. The Associated Press reports that this Los Angeles-based organization, Day Laborer Theater Without Borders, has helped illegal immigrants …

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Salt Lake Sheriff accused of jailing undocumented workers indefinitely

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is planning a lawsuit against the Salt Lake County sheriff in Utah after an undocumented immigrant was held for more than 48 hours, the recommended detention limit by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Enrique Antonio Uroza, 22, has been released to ICE officials after being in Salt Lake …

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Alabama Congressman to Propose Bill Giving States More Immigration Reform Power

US Representative Mo Brooks plans to introduce new legislation that would give states more power to enforce their individual immigration reform laws, the Huntsville Times reports. Many states have complained in recent months that the federal government does not adequately enforce immigration laws. As a result, they have taken the matter into their own hands, …

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