Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed a measure into law creating a privately funded scholarship program for documented and undocumented immigrants, a move supporters hailed as a civil rights victory as other states have recently moved in the other direction on immigration.
When Maryland’s legislature passed a law called the Dream Act allowing undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state college tuitions, opponents vowed to repeal the bill. Now Dream Act advocates want to challenge the challenge.
Arguing that the federal government sets immigration policy, the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation law before it takes effect on Sept. 1. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Birmingham, is the third major legal challenge to the Alabama law.
The Justice Department and major church groups today went to court to block Alabama’s pending illegal-immigration law from taking effect next month. The law, signed June 9 by Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and set to take effect Sept. 1, mimics a similar law in Arizona but goes further.
There is going to be a rally from 11 am – 2 pm CT outside of the ICE Headquarters to show support for Andy Mathe’s family. The address is 101 W Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL (on the corner of W Congress Pkwy and S Clark St.)
Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg had an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times with an important message for Democrats: Lean into comprehensive immigration reform. Greenberg believes that it will show that Democrats are interested in making government work, and prove that they are interested in rewarding responsibility and punishing irresponsibility.
The president of a national religious organization and five others went on trial Friday in Phoenix a year after they were arrested while protesting Arizona’s tough immigration law and a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Erick Velazquillo, a 22-year-old Central Piedmont Community College student living in the country illegally, was working on translating all his school transcripts. He thought he was going to be deported back to Mexico. Now immigration officials have dropped deportation efforts, his attorney confirmed Friday.
Farmers across the country are rallying to fight a Republican-sponsored bill that would force them and all other employers to verify the legal immigration status of their workers, a move some say could imperil not only future harvests but also the agricultural community’s traditional support for conservative candidates.
Until this nation reforms its ineffective and inhumane immigration laws, federal law enforcement officers are stuck with the lousy job of enforcing them. But growing evidence suggests that the local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office and U.S. Border Patrol are wasting time and money detaining hardworking immigrants.