It’s official—the thousands of faxes we all sent to ICE will allow Manolo and his family to stay in the country for another year! Just over a month ago, we told you about Manolo, a young Chinese-American who would qualify for the DREAM Act.
Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos wants the state’s employers forced to use the federal government’s electronic system for confirming new hires’ immigration status, but a bill that may get voted on Monday may not include that provision. Haridopolos wants to make it mandatory that employers use the federal government’s E-verify system.
Stepping up his demand to change the nation’s immigration laws, President Barack Obama on Friday promised graduates at a vast, multicultural community college that he’ll keep working to help students not legally in the U.S. to become American citizens.
Demonstrators rallied at May Day events across the nation on Sunday, calling for reform on a host of issues and voicing frustration with President Barack Obama. May Day events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin were considerably smaller than in past years, as some of the hope for reform among Democrats that helped put Obama in the White House has faded.
California lawmakers are the latest to weigh joining efforts in other states to gain control over a controversial national program that automatically checks the immigration status of arrestees. The Golden State accounts for more than a third of the deportations under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement program.
On this much, both sides agree: John Tanton, the provocative architect of a national movement to reduce immigration, has quietly left the board of the group he started and helped guide for 32 years. But when did it happen and what does it mean?